Government Programs

Patients—and Their Prescriptions—Are Tracked

Patients—and Their Prescriptions—Are Tracked

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s bad enough that Congress and the Obama administration forced government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on physicians and patients around the country. But the government also said EHRs had to be used “meaningfully”—which is to say, the way federal officials declare they must be used.

Government EHRs—The High Cost of Coercion

Government EHRs—The High Cost of Coercion

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Stories abound about how Americans travel to other countries for medical treatment or surgeries. Do these citizens choose international care because it is better? Not necessarily. Because the recovery is faster? Not likely. It’s because the price of medical services is often higher in the U.S.—and part of the problem, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF)is the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR). 

The 22-Year HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Misnomer

The 22-Year HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Misnomer

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For more than two decades, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its federal rule have been touted as a way to keep patients’ personal medical information private. 

But HIPAA has been under a “privacy” misnomer for 22 years, and in fact, doesn’t protect patient privacy at all. 

UNVEILED Dangerous Plan to Control Your Doctor

UNVEILED   Dangerous Plan to Control Your Doctor

Who should make medical decisions?  Big business, big government or your doctor?  A new plan to put corporaations and government agencies in charge was unveiled last week.

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.

Trump Administration Cuts National Guidelines Clearinghouse

Trump Administration Cuts National Guidelines Clearinghouse

ST. PAUL, Minn.In a bold move, the Trump administration has defunded the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC). Effective July 16, the clearinghouse will no longer house the repository of “guidelines” that are often used to direct physicians on the care of their patients

3 Privacy Concerns Patients May Not Know About

3 Privacy Concerns Patients May Not Know About

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is alerting Americans to three privacy issues they may not know anything about.

CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase says these three health care news items are just a sampling of the many ways the government and the health care industry are attempting to use patient data—often without consent—for their own gain.

Don't Call it "Health Care"

Don't Call it 'Health Care'

Words shape thinking. Consider how often people say, “I get my health care at work.”I know what they mean but it’s not true. 

You see . . . there’s no such thing as “health care.” 

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.