Patient Privacy

 

 

 

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

MN Supreme Court Says State of Minnesota in Violation of MN Genetic Privacy Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Minnesota Department of Health is violating the Minnesota Genetic Privacy Law with its storage, use and dissemination of newborn screening test results and newborn DNA.

Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Favors Genetic Privacy

Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Favors Genetic Privacy
The Minnesota Supreme Court today issued a ruling in support of the 9-famiies who sued the Minnesota Department of Health for violation of the state genetic privacy law. 
 
 
 

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Although there is no state legislative authority to create a government health insurance exchange as prescribed by Obamacare, the administration of Governor Mark Dayton is pushing forward using federal dollars to design and develop it. During the public comment (open mike) period of the first meeting of the MN Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force, the Commissioner of Commerce refused to give CCHF's president a "yes" or "no" answer to her question about legislative authority.

Federally-Issued ID Numbers Violate Patient Privacy

St. Paul, Minn. As proponents of a national health care system push their agenda, issues about the privacy of patient data are at the forefront of the debate.

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.

Human Subjects Research - Major Revision Planned

Human Subjects Research - Major Revision Planned

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to make sweeping changes to federal regulations on human subjects research. In this response to the administration's request for public comments on their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, CCHF says data and DNA ownership as well as patient consent for access to and use of medical records and biospecimens collected from patients in clinics, hospitals and elsewhere is necessary.

CCHF Opposes Proposed "Risk Scores" on Individuals

CCHF Opposes Proposed 'Risk Scores' on Individuals

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom opposes this proposed federal rule, particularly the sweeping data collection plan, the mandate to create “risk scores” on individuals, the redistribution of funds that will likely lead to rationing of care, the fuzzy math that is “risk adjustment”, the “risk corridors” that will facilitate fuzzy math and fund transfers, and the power of the federal government to mandate reinsurance contributions by States.