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."

NewPatient Rights Are Being Violated, and Congress is OK With It

Patient Rights Are Being Violated, and Congress is OK With It

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF)  In response to news reports about Google receiving private patient data without patient consent from Ascension health care systems in 21 states, Twila Brase, president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom and author of “Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth about Electronic Health Records” makes the following statement:

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
CCHF Responds to the proposed HHS (SAMSHA) rule on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, often referred to as 42 CFR Part 2. CCHF says the strong privacy and consent requirements people with substance use disorders have today should not be rescinded. Rather, these rights should be restored to all patients whose consent rights were stripped away by the federal HIPAA "privacy" rule.

 

5 Years Since MN Resumed Storing Baby DNA After Lawsuit Forced Them to Stop

5 Years Since MN Resumed Storing Baby DNA After Lawsuit Forced Them to Stop

ST. PAUL, Minn.—More than 15 years ago, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.orgdiscovered that the Minnesota Department of Health was storing and using Baby DNA—the genetic blueprints of its youngest citizens obtained through newborn screenings—without parental consent. 

Health Plans Owning Doctors Is a Conflict of Interest—and Patients Pay the Price

Health Plans Owning Doctors Is a Conflict of Interest—and Patients Pay the Price

ST. PAUL, Minn.—What happens when a health plan purchases, runs or otherwise engages in the everyday operations of a hospital or clinic? It introduces a troubling conflict of interest between patients and their doctors, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

CCHF and Co-Signers Urge Pres. to Stop Nat'l Patient ID, Protect Privacy

CCHF and Co-Signers Urge Pres. to Stop Nat'l Patient ID, Protect Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.orgis urging President Donald Trump to protect Americans’ private medical information by vetoing a bill that would allow funding to advance a National Patient ID for every man, woman and child in America.

Trump signs EO - Will Negatively Impact Patient Privacy and Autonomy

Trump signs EO - Will Negatively Impact Patient Privacy and Autonomy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—President Donald Trump signed an executive order this afternoon that aims to increase transparency surrounding the health care system’s “opaque prices,” Politico reported. 

Clinic Closes After Massive Hack - Dangers of EHRs

Clinic Closes After Massive Hack - Dangers of EHRs

ST. PAUL, Minn.—A huge patient data hack at a Michigan clinic this spring caused two doctors to retire early and close their office for good. This hack that crippled and killed an entire medical practice wasn’t the first, says CCHFand it won’t be the last.

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

CCHF Implores Government to Restore Pre-HIPAA Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For much of its 20-plus-year existence, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has worked to educate patients, policy makers, the media, medical professionals and even Congress that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “Privacy Rule” isn’t about privacy at all. 

CCHF Alerts Patients That Govt. Wants to Share Their Private Medical Records Broadly

CCHF Alerts Patients That Govt. Wants to Share Their Private Medical Records Broadly

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is urging Americans to comment on a 690-page proposed rule from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) that would require electronic health records (EHRs) to be “interoperable,” easily accessible and sharable EHR to EHR nationwide and prohibit “information blocking.”