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NewCheckboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Should the EHR be blamed? After a Texas hospital let Liberian Thomas Duncan go home (with Ebola), hospital officials blamed the electronic health record (EHR). A day later, they retracted their statement -- without explanation.

New7 Smart Reasons Not to Enroll in Obamacare

7 Smart Reasons Not to Enroll in Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was the biggest test for the Affordable Care Act. And Obamacare failed miserably on many levels. From technological enrollment glitches to privacy concerns, Obamacare didn’t gain many new fans in 2014. In fact, the government health care plan alienated more than it won over.

NewBetween a Rock…and a Readmission

Between a Rock…and a Readmission

We’re in a hard place. Last year, Obamacare initiated a program to reduce so-called “excess readmissions” in hospitals. Section 3025 requires all hospitals subject to the policy to pay a penalty, called a “payment adjustment,” up to 3% if they readmit too many Medicare patients within 30 days of discharge.

NewSouth Dakota Ballot Initiative Could Give Patients Health Care Freedom

South Dakota Ballot Initiative Could  Give Patients Health Care Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Next month, South Dakota voters will see an initiative on their ballots that could put health care decisions back in their own hands.

NewGovernment Uses Ebola Scare to Trample Americans’ Freedoms

Government Uses Ebola Scare to Trample Americans’ Freedoms

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For much of the summer, the Ebola epidemic seemed like a far-away problem without much threat here at home.

But now, a Liberian man who flew to Texas to visit family has been diagnosed with the deadly disease, and fears have escalated.

 

NewState Emergency Health Powers

State Emergency Health Powers

On October 23, 2001, less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the proposed Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). The proposal was finalized in December 2001. It authorized state health officials and their designees to take control of people, property, health care, communications and more in a public health emergency. State legislatures debated it in 2002, and at least 40 passed some version of it. Most of the public is not aware of these police powers.  For more information go to www.governmenthealthpowers.us


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...