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."

NewLetter to OCR on Ascension-Google Sharing 50M Medical Records

Letter to OCR on Ascension-Google Sharing 50M Medical Records

CCHF's letter begins: "As president of CCHF, I am writing with a request that you also protect patient rights, specifically related to the data-sharing agreement between Ascension and Google. According to recent news reports, your office has opened up an investigation...." ACTION ALERT: Contact OCR Director Roger Severino with your concerns about Google getting the medical records of 50M people without patient consent. Use the OCR address on page one of CCHF letter.

7 Big Data Contracts

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

Minnesota Restricts Long-term Storage of Patient Prescription Data

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A major change to Minnesota’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) took place on January 1, 2020. The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will no longer have access to four years of identifiable patient prescription data, which it had been using for research without patient consent. Going forward, the board will have diminishing amounts of data available for analysis and research. By 2022, only the past 12 months of patient prescription data will be stored, on a rolling basis.

Letter to HHS Opposing a Proposed Rule that Supports "Value-Based Care"

Letter to HHS Opposing a Proposed Rule that Supports 'Value-Based Care'

CCHF President Twila Brase writes to the Inspector General, HHS: "The proposed rule fully supports a move away from the American way of paying for services (fee-for-service) to a centralized decision-making process called “value-based care” and “value-based payment.” As the proposal notes: “The Secretary of [HHS] has identified transforming our healthcare system to one that pays for value as one of the top priorities of the Department of [HHS].”"

 

CCHF Praises Continued Ban on Federal Unique Patient ID

CCHF Praises Continued Ban on  Federal Unique Patient ID

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is pleased that the federal unique patient identifier (UPI) will continue to be prohibited. The bipartisan appropriations bill, which passed today, retains the ban that has been in effect for over 20 years. As industry clamored to lift the ban, CCHF built a nationwide coalition of organizations to keep the ban in place. 

CCHF Praises Continued Ban on Federal Unique Patient ID

CCHF Praises Continued Ban on  Federal Unique Patient ID

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is pleased that the federal unique patient identifier (UPI) will continue to be prohibited. The bipartisan appropriations bill, which passed today, retains the ban that has been in effect for over 20 years. As industry clamored to lift the ban, CCHF built a nationwide coalition of organizations to keep the ban in place. 

CCHF Calls on U.S. Senate to Maintain Ban on Unique Patient Identifier

CCHF Calls on U.S. Senate to Maintain Ban on Unique Patient Identifier

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF)sent a coalition letter to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Cosigned by more than 22 organizations nationwide, the letter urges the committee to refuse to fund the development of a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) in the upcoming appropriations bill. CCHF writes:

Patient 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.