The federal medical privacy rule is commonly known as the "HIPAA privacy rule." However, it actually holds the title, "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information."
ST. PAUL, Minn.—This past year was perhaps one of the most crucial in history regarding patient rights and privacy, as important issues such as government health care, the storage of and research on baby DNA and federal biosurveillance plans all made headlines.
Monday, CCH Freedom released our first publication of stories on “The HIPAA Privacy Deception.” In short, there’s no privacy. HIPAA is not what people think it is. The 12 stories came from people who legally refused to sign the so-called “HIPAA privacy form” at their clinic or hospital.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Millions of patients scrawl their signature on that form whenever it’s slid across the counter at the doctor’s office, dentist’s office or hospital. It can even be as easy as “clicking” a signature at a sign-in kiosk before a procedure like a mammogram.
This document of personal stories of patients who refused to sign the HIPAA privacy form is part of CCH Freedom’s “Refuse to Sign HIPAA” campaign. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is using this campaign to highlight the fact that the “HIPAA Privacy Rule” does not protect patient privacy – and that patients are not required to sign the so-called “HIPAA privacy form.”
Will robots dictate medical treatment? In “Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?” physician Kevin R. Stone says doctors, nurses and patients used to talk with each other to share information and solve problems, but now, “The electronic medical record has killed the oral science.”
Don’t Allow Government to Collect and Store Genetic Blueprint of America’s Citizens
ST. PAUL, Minn.—In the current lame duck session of Congress, which began last Wednesday, Senators and Representatives will be on a fast-and-furious mission to clear leftover business and push through the last remaining bills before newly elected lawmakers take office in January.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are the foundation of Obamacare. The 2009 HITECH Act (part of the Recovery Act, or ARRA) mandated government-certified interoperable EHRs and provided up to $36.5 billion to subsidize the cost of initial computerization. Already $24.8 million has been spent.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Twila Brase, president and co-founder of 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, was honored this past weekend at the Sacred Fire of Liberty Gala Celebration in Cambridge, Md. for her achievements in health freedom.
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Last week, Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals in 28 states, announced hackers had broken into its computer system and stolen data on 4.5 million patients. That data included names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers, paving the way for criminals to open bank accounts and credit cards in the patients’ names.