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Baby DNA and Newborn Screening

Parents and Newborns Harmed by Unconsented State Storage of Baby DNA

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Three important court cases involving Baby DNA are in progress in Michigan, and while one has suffered a setback, litigators and parents are pressing forward to ensure that their children’s genetic blueprint, and the genetic code of other newborn babies, is protected and kept private. 

Judge Rules Against Parents in Baby DNA Case

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is responding after a District Court ruled in favor of the defense on a motion to dismiss a case involving Baby DNA in Michigan. Read the Aug. 8 Adam Kanuszewski, et. al. v. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, et. al. decision here.

US District Court Michigan Baby DNA Case No. 18-cv-10472

Consumer-Driven Health Care

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

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.

CCHF Event Shines Light on Affordable Free-Market Medicine for Patients and Doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Later this month, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) will showcase a champion for free-market medicine at its annual dinner and fundraising event in Minneapolis. 

Evidence-Based Medicine

Training New Doctors for the System

Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor. National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century:

President’s “Precision Medicine” Ploy?

The President wants your genetic code. Mr. Obama has announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) that includes databasing medical records, genetic blueprints and lifestyles of a million or more Americans. Here are seven disturbing aspects of his initiative:

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.

Genetics

Iceland on Way to Eugenics with Eradication of Down Syndrome Births

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The nation of Iceland is working to eradicate Down syndrome births by making sure expectant mothers know about government pre-natal testing that would show if their baby has the genetic disorder.

Health Care Spending to Climb Through 2024;

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care is an always-moving, always-changing entity, with new developments every day—some of which compromise patients’ private medical information, as well as the care their doctors can offer them.

President’s “Precision Medicine” Ploy?

The President wants your genetic code. Mr. Obama has announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) that includes databasing medical records, genetic blueprints and lifestyles of a million or more Americans. Here are seven disturbing aspects of his initiative:

Government Health Powers Act

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.

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

Are You Ready for Ebola?

Ebola has officially arrived in the United States. An infected man traveling from Liberia was diagnosed in Texas. A person close to him may also be infected. Officials assure the American public that Ebola is not easily spread; that it requires close contact with bodily fluids. They say the disease is contained to the man’s family and close friends. They are monitoring 12-18 people so far, including five children.

Government Programs

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

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

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. 

Health Care Reform - Obamacare

NewAmerica’s Doctors: ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The practice of medicine has become frustrating and painful, thanks to Congress forcing government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on doctors. 

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

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.

Health Care Workforce

Will Employers Choose Your Doctors?

It was a startling announcement. Twenty large companies have joined to start the Health Transformation Alliance. With approximately four million workers between them, they “plan to share information about members’ employee health spending and outcomes, with an eye toward using findings to change how they contract for care.”

City of St. Paul to Vote Tomorrow on Getting Access
to ‘Entire Medical Record’ of Certain Patients at HealthPartners

ST. PAUL, Minn.—One privacy-focused health policy organization says a proposed data agreement between the City of St. Paul and HealthPartners may violate patients’ rights to give or deny access to their medical records and will put patients’ private medical data at risk.

CCHF’s Twila Brase Speaking at ‘Let My Doctor Practice’ Conference on July 24

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, is a dedicated patient freedom advocate, but she’s also committed to physician freedom—especially as outside groups and government initiatives hamper their care for patients.

Health Disparities

7.1 Million: Not the Number to Watch

The White House is gloating. President Obama’s cast and crew are celebrating their 7.1 million sign-ups. They claim success. Not so fast. This was just an April Fool's joke on the American people.
 

Healthy People 2010 Document Focuses on Eliminating Health Disparities

"Many advocacy groups felt that accepting lower standards for racial and ethnic groups as compared to the total population was unjust."

THE U.S. CENSUS: From Enumeration to Intrusion

The U.S. Census has become an intrusive data collection tool for the federal government. The change from constitutional enumeration to federal intrusion has turned led to higher costs, public resistance, and lower compliance. The Census Bureau's plans to count everyone, not just citizens, may also deny American citizens their constitutional right to equal representation," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

Health Exchanges - Imposing Obamacare

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). 

BUSTED: The Myth of High-Cost End-of-Life Care

Is care at the end of life a waste of money? It has often been said, “Twenty-five percent of spending occurs in the last year of life.” The point of this claim is that we’re wasting money on those who are dying. It further supports rationing care to the elderly; redistributing dollars from the elderly to the young; and physician-facilitated suicide and euthanasia.

Will President Trump Rob Peter?

Health plans are fear-mongering. They’re threatening to hike insurance premiums unless President Trump pays subsidies that even the Democrats refused to fund. Now the Congressional Budget Office piles on, agreeing that premiums will increase if Trump refuses to pay the ACA cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to health plans.

Health IT

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

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.

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

Health Savings Accounts

The BOLD Republican Plan for Health Care

I’m not going to talk about Obama’s SOTU… except to say that I feel like I did the last time he had to get up and try to sell Obamacare to the nation: he doesn’t want to do it; he feels it’s beneath him; it’s four years after Obamacare and he’s perturbed that he still has to be marketing the law in a speech. So his comments lack passion. 

MEDICAL SHARING: An Inexpensive Alternative to Health Insurance

If the U.S. Senate version of health insurance reform passes and premium costs increase as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office, medical sharing may be one of the only ways for Americans to get affordable coverage," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC

Answering Your Questions About Health Savings Accounts (CAHI)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Americans increased last year by 5.7% to a total of 43.6 million Americans. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) believes that the solution rests in legislation currently pending in Congress. October 1, 2003

Health Sharing

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. 

5 Things to Do as Obamacare Collapses

According to the Associated Press, “Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market.” And to add insult to injury, about 1 in 5 consumers will be able to choose from just a single insurer, as more and more national insurers drop out.

MNs Slapped with 50-67% Health Care Premium Increases! What Can They Do?

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Americans are bracing themselves for double-digit health insurance premium increases to be announced any day. In Minnesota, extreme hikes have already become reality.  According to ConsumerAffairs.com, “the hikes in health plan premiums are breathtaking.”

Health Surveillance

NewAmerica’s Doctors: ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The practice of medicine has become frustrating and painful, thanks to Congress forcing government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on doctors. 

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

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). 

HIPAA Hurt Me

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

22 HIPAA Harms

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is planning a social media event today—the 22nd anniversary of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—and alerting Americans how HIPAA, in fact, doesn’t protect patient privacy at all. 

HIPAA was signed into law 22 years ago on Aug. 21, 1996, and CCHF will educate the public about “22 HIPAA Harms” throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter. 

Twenty-Two HIPAA Harms

Today is the 22nd anniversary of HIPAA, the law that eliminated patient privacy rights. On August 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA). In 2003, the “HIPAA privacy rule” (permissive data-disclosure rule) went into effect. To show how little privacy you have, we’ve got a list of 22 ways HIPAA harms you.

HMOs & Managed Care

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. 

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.

Health Care Data Breaches Put the Private Medical Information of Millions of Americans in Jeopardy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Well over 1 million patients are the latest victims of a huge health care data breach. Just last week, UnityPoint Health notified 1.4 million patients that their records may have been breached when its business system was compromised by a phishing attack, reported Healthcare IT News.

Homevisiting

Not Just A Website

“The Affordable Care Act is not just a website,” said President Obama two weeks ago.  This is truth, not spin. But Obama has not stopped spinning. He denies that he really meant, “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan”:

Infant Surveillance

Undoubtably every mother would like help with her newborn infant, but how many mothers would be willing to submit her child and family to a comprehensive parenting, child health, and home environment evaluation by a government employee?

Human Subjects Research

Revised Common Rule Strips Parents of Consent Rights Regarding Baby DNA Used for Research

ST. PAUL, Minn.As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018.

 

New Parent Lawsuit Exposes Stolen ‘Baby DNA,’ Says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is applauding a new lawsuit where a group of parents are suing the state of Michigan for “stolen blood” because the Michigan BioTrust for Health stores Baby DNA for research—without parental consent.

Parents Sue Michigan for Stolen Blood (“Baby DNA”)

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is storing newborn DNA for 100 years. Philip Ellison, the father of a newborn, is an attorney whose job is to sue the government. He got nine other families together in a federal lawsuit. And he sued the state health department and the biobank. His special web page: stolenblood.comFor more on issue: itsmydna.org

Lawsuit Documents

Matt Sissel v Department of Health and Human Services, et al

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and individual physicians to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Matt Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Servs, et al, a case opposing the delete and replace actions of the US Senate in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. 

 

 

Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with 57 non-profit organizations to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California, a case opposing the demand by the Attorney General of California that nonprofits file an un-redacted copy of Schedule B to Internal Revenue Service Form 990, thus forcing the groups to disclose the names and addresses of the organizations

King v. Burwell Supreme Court Decision - The Text

THE RULING: On June 25, interns of news media ran the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell (Obamacare premium subsidies issued by federal exchange) to waiting reporters. Even though the plain text of the law clearly states that federal premium subsidies can only be issued by an “Exchange established by the State,” the 6-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts ignored the Rule of Law and declared subsidies could also be issued by the federal exchange. Justice Scalia’s dissent, which follows Roberts’ ruling in the document, is priceless. Read it here...

Medical Practice Guidelines

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.

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

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. 

Medical Records

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.

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

Doctors and Nurses Burning Out Because of Mandated Electronic Health Records

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Many factors cause doctors to give up medicine, but none more prevalent than those that take physicians away from doing their true job—taking care of patients.

Labor Day is just around the corner, and medical professionals around the country are taking a hard look at how their occupations have changed. A recent survey on physician burnout and stress found that a fifth of doctors cited electronic health records (EHRs) as the top factor contributing to their stress. Earlier this month, two physicians at the University of California school of medicine suggested the EHR mandate is the most likely reason 54.4 percent of physicians are experiencing burnout.

Medicare

Will Judge Kavanaugh Support Freedom From Medicare?

For some, it’s almost unthinkable. Who’d want to be free from Medicare? Perhaps those who realize that Medicare is almost bankrupt, that by law they can’t pay cash to get the care Medicare denies unless an ‘Advance Beneficiary Notice’ was signed, and that terms like “privatizing Medicare” (narrow-network health plans) and “negotiating drug prices” (drug formularies) are simply code words for rationing care.

Health Care Data Breaches Put the Private Medical Information of Millions of Americans in Jeopardy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Well over 1 million patients are the latest victims of a huge health care data breach. Just last week, UnityPoint Health notified 1.4 million patients that their records may have been breached when its business system was compromised by a phishing attack, reported Healthcare IT News.

The Watched Are Never Free

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s impossible for patients and doctors to have an effective relationship when they are being watched. The patient will always try to protect themselves if they think they are being monitored or surveilled, and therefore won’t be entirely open and transparent with their doctor. 

Minnesota Engagement

Seven More Days! What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Every day the MN legislature is in session your money and liberty are at risk. There are only seven days left, but do not breathe easy. The end-of-session pressure adds to the risk.

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Urges Residents to Contact Lawmakers Before Vote Tomorrow on Big Business Amendment That Permits Virtually Unfettered Access to Private Medical Records and Genetic Data—Without Patient Consent

URGENT PRIVACY ALERT Call MN Representatives ASAP

MN Legislature to Vote TOMORROW on Big Business Amendment that Permits Virtually Unfettered Access to Your Private Medical Records / Genetic Data WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT

MN Health Insurance Exchange Realities

URGENT PRIVACY ALERT Call MN Representatives ASAP

MN Legislature to Vote TOMORROW on Big Business Amendment that Permits Virtually Unfettered Access to Your Private Medical Records / Genetic Data WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT

Health Insurers “Closed for Business”

Health insurers are shutting down for seven months. It’s virtually lights out. Unless you have a qualifying “life event,” you must wait until open enrollment begins Obamacare on November 15. A product once available year around for Americans to purchase no longer is. The entire industry now runs on the Obamacare schedule.

Rep. Darrell Issa Questions Governor Mark Dayton about Troubled State Exchange

Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, has written a five-page letter to 10 governors, including Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, holding states accountable for troubled Obamacare health insurance exchanges, namely Minnesota’s exchange—MNsure. Dayton has been given until tomorrow, April 8, to reply.

MN Health Records Act (MHRA)

Seven More Days! What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Every day the MN legislature is in session your money and liberty are at risk. There are only seven days left, but do not breathe easy. The end-of-session pressure adds to the risk.

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Urges Residents to Contact Lawmakers Before Vote Tomorrow on Big Business Amendment That Permits Virtually Unfettered Access to Private Medical Records and Genetic Data—Without Patient Consent

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.

National Health Information Network (NHIN)

TEN “HIPAA” HARMS

Why Minnesota Legislature Should NOT Adopt Federal HIPAA No-Consent” Rule for Patient Medical Information 

 

MN Action Alert: Protect and Control Your Health Information!

ACTION ALERT

STOP ATTACK ON STRONG MINNESOTA MEDICAL PRIVACY LAW
ACT NOW: Save your consent and privacy rights!  

DEADLINE: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm

ACT NOW - Stop Congress From Ending Medical Privacy!

A bill moving quickly in Congress will authorize millions of corporate and government outsiders to have access to private patient records for analysis and research without patient consent. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee will vote the week of May 18, 2015 on the 21st Century Cures Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). To protect your privacy and your health freedom and for a list of members to call in Congress, click Read More!

National Health Systems

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

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.

Patient Care

NewAmerica’s Doctors: ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The practice of medicine has become frustrating and painful, thanks to Congress forcing government-mandated electronic health records (EHRs) on doctors. 

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.

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

Patient Privacy

 

 

 

UrgentHIPAA - the Federal Medical Privacy Rule

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."

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

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.

Policy Solutions

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

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.

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.

Population Health Care

CO LEGISLATIVE ALERT!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is pushing a bill, HB 1164, which would allow it to directly gather data on families that delay or avoid vaccinations. Parents would be required to submit exemption claims directly to the government for state storage, analysis and use.

Will Employers Choose Your Doctors?

It was a startling announcement. Twenty large companies have joined to start the Health Transformation Alliance. With approximately four million workers between them, they “plan to share information about members’ employee health spending and outcomes, with an eye toward using findings to change how they contract for care.”

TRANSCRIPT: Outside, In: Will Population Health Solve What’s Ailing Our Health Care System?

 

Politico Panel Discussion – Partial Transcript by CCHF

NOTE: All emphasis ours. Some comments paraphrased or truncated.

Full descriptions and comments found here.

Provider Tax

$1,600,000,000
and Rising

Seven More Days! What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Every day the MN legislature is in session your money and liberty are at risk. There are only seven days left, but do not breathe easy. The end-of-session pressure adds to the risk.

Links to the MinnesotaCare Comprehensive Insurance Reform Laws

Provider Tax Poster for Clinics to Display

This document, explaining the impact of the provider tax on cost of health care services, can be hung on the back of exam room doors, inserted as a double-sided poster in billing statements, framed at the front desk of the clinic, and provided as a handout in the waiting room. Phone numbers for contacting state officials are included on the second page. This document may be copied unaltered for noncommercial distribution and information purposes only.

Rationing

CCHF Connects with Lawmakers on Patient Privacy, Opioid Crisis

‘Jessie’s Law’ Would Impact Patient Rights, Privacy and Access to Timely and Essential Medical Care, While Opioid Crisis Response Act Would Create Severe Shortage of Medications for Injured Who Are Deprived of Pain Relief

Charlie Gard Has Shown Us Our Future Under the Affordable Care Act

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The parents of Charlie Gard have announced that they will let their 11-month- old son die. After months of fighting to save his life and free him from the death grip of the British medical system, the British boy with mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, will soon be removed from life support. 

 

Medicare Experimenting on Senior Citizens? No Bones About It

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A new rule in the Affordable Care Act will allow Medicare to “experiment” on the nation’s senior citizens by forcing bundled care payments for some hospitals and doctors. The rule will “test whether bundled payments to acute care hospitals for episodes of care will reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

Real ID - Federal Control Over Identification and Movement

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.

Exposing Idemia: The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Exposing Idemia

The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Written by Twila Brase and Matt Flanders* 

 

Capitol Hill Report

Special Report from June 19-23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

Refuse to Enroll

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.  

5 Whirlwind Days in Washington, D.C.

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 4: 4th Quarter 2017

With Open Enrollment Underway, CCHF Urges Americans to ‘Refuse to Enroll’ in Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is now underway—and continuing through Dec. 15—and Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is educating Americans about three legal ways they can avoid becoming a victim to the skyrocketing premiums, high deductibles and compromised care of Obamacare.

Schools & Health Care

Obamacare Forcing Schools to Make Cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Millions of students around the country are returning to school today after a long holiday break. But some of them might see some changes this year in their school personnel—all thanks to Obamacare rules and regulations.

Children and Schools

Mandated School Billing for Special Education Health Services

The 1998 Minnesota K-12 Omnibus Education bill mandated that all schools bill third-party payers (HMOs, insurers, and Medicaid) for health care services given under Special Education. M.S. 125A now mandates that funds ($50,000) be provided for training school staff in coding and other necessary skills and information for submitting Medicaid and insurance claims.

The Wedge

CCHF Event Shines Light on Affordable Free-Market Medicine for Patients and Doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Later this month, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) will showcase a champion for free-market medicine at its annual dinner and fundraising event in Minneapolis. 

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

The Watched Are Never Free

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s impossible for patients and doctors to have an effective relationship when they are being watched. The patient will always try to protect themselves if they think they are being monitored or surveilled, and therefore won’t be entirely open and transparent with their doctor. 

Vaccinations

Get Vaccinated or You Can’t Fly?

Forced vaccination? The Obama administration has issued an 88-page proposed rule giving federal officials power to detain U.S. citizens traveling within the U.S. for the purpose of examination, testing, vaccination and possible quarantine. Airports, train stations, bus terminals and U.S. ports would be compelled to cooperate in reporting Americans. Detained individuals may be required to pay for all testing, treatment, transportation and vaccination imposed by government. 

Canary in the Healthcare Coal Mine

Don’t miss what’s happening with vaccinations. Remember when health plans promised to maintain an enrollee’s health through prepaid coverage that included the full range of preventive care?

States Build Patient-Tracking Systems

"The NSA is not the only agency specializing in surveillance. State government health officials are profiling children and cataloging citizens in massive government databases without the patient's or parent's consent. That's the gist of our new 50-state report, released last week:"Patient Privacy and Public Trust: How Health Surveillance Systems are Undermining Both."