ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is applauding Minnesota lawmakers, as both the Senate and House have passed a bill that will free some doctors from costly and intrusive Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems.
Titles of legislation often deceive. Consider H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act” authored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee meets tomorrow to advance this bipartisan bill, which will: 1) hand over your private health data to millions of corporate and government outsiders for so-called “research”; and 2) prohibit electronic health records (EHR) from interfering with such research.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is calling on Rep. Fred Upton, chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, to table proposals that will allow Americans to be used as research subjects without their consent.
A bill moving quickly in Congress will authorize millions of corporate and government outsiders to have access to private patient records for analysis and research without patient consent. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee will vote the week of May 18, 2015 on the 21st Century Cures Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). To protect your privacy and your health freedom and for a list of members to call in Congress, click Read More!
America’s largest health insurer is buying a national chain of urgent care clinics. Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the United States, is purchasing MedExpress, which “operates 141 neighborhood medical centers in 11 states.” What does it mean if your doctor, clinic and insurer have joined camps?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that HHS is “working in concert with our partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors to transform the nation’s health system to emphasize value over volume.” But three dangerous CMS initiatives in this effort will take patient care and medical decisions out of doctors’ hands and allow Big Business, Big Health and Big Government make the calls.
HEALTH PRIVACY ALERT!YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIGN HIPAA "PRIVACY" FORMS
By federal law, you are not required to sign the clinic or hospital HIPAA "Privacy" form...even if the clinic or hospital tries to insist that you must. The form has nothing to do with consent or privacy. The form is actually just an acknowledgment that you have received and understood the clinic or hospital's "Notice of Privacy Practices," which given the permissive access allowed, could better be described as a Notice of Data Disclosure Practices. Federal law only requires...