CCHF Launches National “Refuse to Sign HIPAA” Campaign

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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2013

 

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Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

                                                                              

CCHF Launches National “Refuse to Sign HIPAA” Campaign

HIPAA Allows 2.2 Million Agencies Access to Private Patient Medical Information

 

ST. PAUL, Minn.—One patient advocate is working to make sure that Americans know that the form that’s pushed across the counter at them at the doctor’s office is not meant to protect their private patient data. In fact, the opposite is true. The HIPAA law, thought to protect patient privacy, is simply a vehicle to share private data with more than 2.2 million entities.

Twila Brase, patient advocate and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), has launched a campaign to make Americans aware of their right to not sign the HIPAA “Privacy” Form at the doctor’s office.  Brase believes that this is another in a long line of glaring examples of government’s deceitful tactics to create a giant network of private data on every American.

“Contrary to popular belief,” said Brase, “patients are not required to sign the so-called HIPAA ‘privacy’ forms. The HIPAA form is only an acknowledgment that the clinic or hospital’s ‘Notice of Privacy Practices’ has been received. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, patients are not required to sign any form acknowledging that they received the notice.”

Thanks to federal “privacy” rules like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH, 2009), 2.2 million entities (600,000 health care providers and 1.5 million business associates) can access patients’ private medical records without their consent. Additionally, interoperable computerized medical records allow patient data to be shared by health insurers, government agencies, government contractors and others.

As Obamacare deadlines approach, many states are signing on to State Health Information Exchanges, which have been created to share patients’ medical records statewide and in the National Health Information Network, now called eHealth Exchange, without consent.

“In short,” Brase said, “refuse to sign the HIPAA form that’s meant to deceive you into thinking you are protecting your privacy. It does no such thing and you don’t have to sign it.”

Brase encourages citizens to take action:

  • Know that signing the HIPAA form does not provide patients with any privacy or consent rights, but that signature could be used against patients if they ever declare that their privacy rights have been violated. Clinics and hospitals could use that signature to argue that patients knew their information could be shared.
  • Refuse to sign any and all HIPAA acknowledgment forms.
  • Ask state lawmakers to pass legislation that protects patients from HIPAA and protects private medical records from being accessed by the government and others without the patient’s voluntary informed written consent.
  • Learn more at HIPAA Notice.

 

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