These are brief comments from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom on the Medicare Program: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models. This controversial 2,398-page final rule (initial public-inspection version) is authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. As the 962-page proposed rule described, financial harm to many small practices is expected.
Take Action! MDH has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather information from the public to make their case against the strongest-in-the-nation Minnesota medical privacy law. The questions in the RFI are clearly slanted toward generating data to pressure legislators into repealing the MHRA and removing Minnesota’s consent requirements.
Please fill out your responses to stop repeal of MN's medical privacy law (DEADLINE: Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 7pm)
Citizens' Council for Health Freedom would like to underscore the importance of the proposed
"human subject" designation of biospecimens, including newborn DNA. We support this designation, which is currently in law for newborn dried blood spots (Newborn DNA) under the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorizaiton Act of 2014.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a national organization existing to support individual health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy, is actively engaged in protecting the right of citizens to consent or to refuse to consent to the collection, storage, use and sharing of private information for research or other purposes, including biospecimens, and in particular, newborn DNA collected by state government agencies as part of the 50 state government newborn screening programs.
PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMITTED: CCHF opposes the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities; Proposed Rule." "Despite the subjectivity of the proposed “internal sense of gender” definition -- and no statutory authority to back up the imposition of an unnatural definition of ‘sex’ and sure-to-be-controversial nondiscrimination prohibitions – HHS proposes to potentially force physicians … "
We are opposed to the creation of a national electronic medical records and patient and doctor tracking system— and the proposed ONC Roadmap to impose that system. We therefore, call for ONC to start over with privacy rights as a priority.
MN DHS Request for Information (RFI) on the treatment of data when private parties with a government entity for health related services.
The federal government is planning to eliminate privacy protections for medical records regarding treatment for alcohol and drug abuse and treatment for mental health conditions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a public listening session on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to solicit public comments on this proposal.
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a 501(c)(3) organization respectfully submits these comments in regard to your Proposed Rule: “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities.”