Medical Records

State Exchanges: A Ruse for National Registration of Insurance Status

State Exchanges: A Ruse for National Registration of Insurance Status

ST. PAUL, M.N. – As states begin to process and plan for the implementation of “American Health Benefit Exchanges,” otherwise known as state health exchanges, the reality of the end of personal health privacy is being realized by individual citizens. The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom has produced a detailed diagram that shows exactly how each individual state exchange is connected back to the federal government, creating a federal registration system that involves every American.

CCHF Denounces Current Push to Implement Unique Patient ID

CCHF Denounces Current Push to Implement Unique Patient ID

ST. PAUL Minn. – The 1996 passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) entailed a hotly contested mandate to issue each and every American a Unique Patient Identifier, or UPI, number. The new form of medical identification would identify every patient, link their medical records, and allow for broad sharing, monitoring research, and analysis of the American public through the Nationwide Health Information Network, or NHIN. Public outcry against the UPI forced Congress to prohibit funding for the card, in order to stop its implementation.

National Patient ID

National Patient ID

After a 1998 federal hearing caused a public outcry, Congress prohibited the use of federal dollars to create the unique patient identifier (UPI). However, the law has not been repealed, and in response to new 2009 federal funding to establish a nationwide health information network (NHIN), government agencies, corporations, organizations and the health IT industry have banded together anew to advance a national patient ID card.

NwHIN Governance in the Works; Public has One Week Left to Comment

NwHIN Governance in the Works; Public has One Week Left to Comment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With only one week left for the public to comment to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) about potential governance mechanisms for the proposed Nationwide Health Information Network, the Citizens Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is encouraging all Americans to act in opposition to the nationwide network.

Don’t Sign: HIPAA Shares Patient Data 
with 2.2 Million Organizations

Don’t Sign: HIPAA Shares Patient Data 
with 2.2 Million Organizations

St. Paul, Minn.— It happens to all of us each time we go to the doctor. A piece of paper is pushed across the desk for us to sign, acknowledging our receipt of the “privacy practices” of the hospital, doctor’s office or clinic. 

But did you know you are not required to sign that form? In fact, according to one patient advocate, signing the form could actually jeopardize your patient freedoms in the future.

Patient Medical Privacy

EMRs Do Not Improve Care, Say 6 Out of 10 Doctors

EMRs Do Not Improve Care, Say 6 Out of 10 Doctors
More than 6 of 10 physicians state that EHR use has not improved diagnosis accuracy or treatment planning. Meanwhile, despite much public discussion regarding liability, only 22% of physicians in groups of 10 or more feel that the use of EHRs is too risky, compared with 48% of solo practitioners who voice this concern. 

Record Locator Service (RLS) Diagram

Record Locator Service (RLS) Diagram

The Record Locator Service is part of a Health Information Exchange. When a patient's medical records are requested, the RLS moves out onto the network to find all medical records of that individual. Some states have patient consent requirements. Other states have none.

Privacy & Health Care Reform - 10 Things Patients & Doctors Need to Know

Informational brochure on the impact of Obamacare on patient privacy.

Maximum Charges for Copies of Patient Records

Providers may charge for copies of patient records. Minnesota Statute 144.292, subdivision 6 limits the amount of these charges. Maximum charges are computed by applying annual changes in the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI) to the charges set by the legislature for calendar year 1992.