Medical Records

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.

Citizens Protest MN Health Department's Medical Records Grab

Minnesota citizens filled a meeting room front to back at the Minnesota Department of Health to provide input and comment on the Department’s plan to claim ownership of private medical records data, send the data to a data warehouse in Maine, and use the data rank physicians and hospitals according to the Department’s definition of “quality.” Insurers will then be required by law to steer patients to only those providers who rank as “high quality, low cost.”

MN Health Dept Comments on State's Genetic Info Report

Specifically, a Tennessen Warning requirement [to tell individual how their data would be used by the Dept., whether they have to provide it, etc.] would not be workable for the reporting of communicable diseases or related specimens or for the collection of many other types of public health data or specimens. There may be other privacy protections or some sort of modified Tennessen Warning, but they would have to be tailored to balance MDH's responsibility to protect public health with the individual's privacy. The goal would be to maximize public health protections while minimizing any intrusion on personal privacy.

A Critical Analysis of Proposed 'Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007'

Genetic privacy, parent consent and individual self-determination rights are at stake with the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of S. 1858, the ‘Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007.’ This paper outlines five key issues of concern.

Conformance with HIPAA "Privacy" Rule Will Undo MN Medical Privacy Laws and Consent Requirements

The so-called “Federal Medical Privacy Rule” (45 CFR Parts 160/164) —from the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—permits broad use and disclosure of individually-identifiable “protected health information” without patient consent. It is often referred to as the “HIPAA Privacy Rule” or just “HIPAA.” Minnesota’s medical privacy law (M.S. 144.335) more often requires patient consent before use and disclosure (see also M.S. 62J.55).