Health Surveillance

NewCCHF Exposes IDEMIA and the Push for National Biometric IDs in America

CCHF Exposes IDEMIA and the Push for National Biometric IDs in America

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A stalwart advocate for patient privacy, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) has released a new report exposing a global corporation that is working with state and federal government agencies to facilitate the collection of biometric data from Americans.

Patients Need Privacy Protections in All Medical Matters, Not Just Substance Abuse

Patients Need Privacy Protections in All Medical Matters, Not Just Substance Abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Two bills in Congress seek to roll back the restrictions on a 46-year-old law that currently keeps information about drug and alcohol treatment private. The new measures would allow broad sharing of this sensitive information.

Working in Washington This Week

Working in Washington This Week

The National Physician Council of Health Care Policy, led by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and California physician Marcy Zwelling, MD met November 4-6 in Washington, D.C. At the invitation of Dr. Zwelling, CCHF president Twila Brase gave a presentation on privacy: “Patient Privacy, Where Art Thou?” 

What Every Patient Should Know About Privacy

What Every Patient Should Know About Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) president and co-founder Twila Brase was a featured speaker yesterday at the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy meeting in Washington, D.C., asking the important and timely question, “Patient Privacy: Where Art Thou?”

The Essential Five Rights of Health Freedom

The Essential Five Rights of Health Freedom

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 2: 2nd Quarter 2017

CCHF to Congress: Prohibit New Version of National Patient ID

CCHF to Congress: Prohibit New Version of National Patient ID

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Proponents of a national medical records system had something to cheer about earlier this month when President Donald Trump signed into law a “National Patient ID” strategy as part of the 2017 appropriations bill. Meanwhile, those who fight for patient privacy and health freedom have all the more reason to forge ahead. 

 

REAL ID Is a Direct Attack on State Sovereignty

REAL ID Is a Direct Attack on State Sovereignty

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Last week, 116 lawmakers in Pennsylvania penned a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to protect their residents by reexamining REAL ID, a 2005 act that will affect Americans’ drivers licenses, is a harmful government intrusion and violates their privacy.

Patients Could Lose Consent and Privacy Rights Over Their Medical Records

Patients Could Lose Consent and Privacy Rights Over Their Medical Records

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national patient-centered health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., believes that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is gathering information from insurers, hospitals and others to convince state legislators to repeal Minnesota’s strongest-in-the-nation medical privacy law.

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.

HIPAA - it’s not an anniversary worth celebrating.

HIPAA - it’s not an anniversary worth celebrating.

HIPAA, enacted 20 years ago yesterday, has all but eliminated patient privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), enacted on August 21, 1996, enabled computerization of medical records without patient consent and state and national health information (“on the grid”) networks, established national health data and transaction standards and created federal identification and tracking numbers for doctors, hospitals, clinics, health plans, employers and patients.