Patient Privacy




Unique Health Identifier for Individuals

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to publish a proposed rule on requirements for a unique health identifier for individuals. These requirements are mandated by law and are part of a process to achieve uniform national health data standards and health information privacy that will support the efficient electronic exchange of specified administrative and financial health care transactions. The Secretary will first publish a notice to discuss the identifier options that have been put forward for consideration and to ask for public comment.

Possible Ramifications of a National Provider Identification Registry

Using NPI, government will be able to track the residence, credentials, and practice of every health care provider in the nation. (from doctors to nursing assistants)

National Provider Identification System

CCHC Medical Privacy Declaration Form

I reject the government’s claim that citizens have a public responsibility to disclose private and personal medical information as stated in the medical privacy recommendations written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (9/11/97).


Important Definitions (HIPAA) - The Federal Medical Privacy Rule


Testimony of Twila Brase, R.N. President, Citizens' Council on Health Care before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Committee

Blame Congress for HMOs

Blame Congress for HMOs

Only 27 years ago, congressional Republicans and Democrats agreed that American patients should gently but firmly be forced into managed care. That patients do not know this fact is evidenced by public outrage directed at health maintenance organizations (HMOs) instead of Congress.

Medical Privacy Project 2001