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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 CCHF says the strong privacy and consent requirements people with substance use disorders have today should not be rescinded.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.

 

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.