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Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Everything went smoothly at first. Ilan, the nine-year old son of American physician Benjamin Davies, MD, broke his arm on vacation in Italy. The local hospital x-rayed the arm, reduced the fractures of each bone and applied a cast. But the question of surgery could only be determined by driving to a bigger hospital 1.5 hours away.

Electronic Health Records Turn Doctors Away from Patients and Into Data Clerks

Electronic Health Records Turn Doctors Away from Patients and Into Data Clerks

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Electronic health records (EHRs) have infringed upon the patient-doctor relationship in innumerable ways, but none more glaring than how EHRs have turned doctors away from patients and into data clerks. 

It’s just the tip of the iceberg of how the mandated, government-certified EHR technology has negatively affected doctors and patients. 

AVAILABLE TODAY: CCHF Launches New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' at FreedomFest

AVAILABLE TODAY: CCHF Launches New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' at FreedomFest

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care has already found its way into the narrative surrounding President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, announced less than 48 hours ago. But regardless of how SCOTUS may impact future health care policy, there are real threats to patientstoday, including third-party controls over care, surveillance, data collection and privacy invasions—much of it through electronic health record (EHR) systems found in a majority of doctor’s offices and hospitals around the country.

CITIZEN PETITION - Freedom to NOT CHOOSE Medicare

CITIZEN PETITION -  Freedom to NOT CHOOSE Medicare

I hereby petition the United States Congress and the Administration of President Donald J. Trump to restore freedom and choice to the Medicare and Social Security programs by allowing citizens to claim social security benefits without a requirement to enroll in Medicare.  

Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In a major move yesterday, the Trump administration announced a wide-ranging government reorganization that will rename the Department of Health and Human Services “Health and Public Welfare” and move the $70 billion SNAP food stamp program out of the Department of Agriculture and into the new agency.

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF has concerns with the proposed model of Direct Provider Contracting— and its acronym. Many physicians and providers have wisely chosen to move away from insurance contracts. They have also opted out of Medicare/Medicaid to remove federal and other third-party intrusion from their practice. They are third-party- payer free (TPF). The questions and commentary of the RFI propose to intrude into the patient-doctor relationship under the name of “DPC.” The proposal asks “how can a DPC model be designed to attract a wide variety of practices, including small, independent practices, and/or physicians.”

 

Renaming ‘Meaningful Use’ Won’t Free Doctors or Protect Patient Privacy

Renaming ‘Meaningful Use’ Won’t Free Doctors or Protect Patient Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is renaming the “Meaningful Use” program. The newly named “Promoting Interoperability” program will include revamped programs toaddress electronic health records (EHRs) interoperability, physician reporting requirements and hospital price transparency.

 

What’s the Problem with EHRs? 347,000 Data Breaches Since 2009

What’s the Problem with EHRs?  347,000 Data Breaches Since 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The implementation of theHealth Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in 2009 was a blow for health freedom. HITECH, embedded within the Recovery Act, provided at least $27 billion to establish a National Health Information Network for data sharing without patient consent. HITECH requires doctors and hospitals to use government-certified electronic health records (EHRs) or face financial penalties. 

ALERT: Congress Approves National Patient ID

ALERT: Congress Approves National Patient ID

Friday, May 5, 2017 was not a good day. Trump signed into law a ‘National Patient ID’ law (2017 Appropriations, H.R. 244, Public Law 115-31) enacted by Congress. Federal funds are now available to develop a “patient-matching strategy”. 

The Three Obamacares

The Three Obamacares

What do you mean when you say “Obamacare”? Since people think Obamacare is imploding, we’ve created a better way to talk it: Obamacare I, Obamacare II, and Obamacare III.