Health Surveillance

AVAILABLE TODAY: New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' launched at FreedomFest

AVAILABLE TODAY: New Book 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' launched at FreedomFest

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care has already found its way into the narrative surrounding President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, announced less than 48 hours ago. But regardless of how SCOTUS may impact future health care policy, there are real threats to patientstoday, including third-party controls over care, surveillance, data collection and privacy invasions—much of it through electronic health record (EHR) systems found in a majority of doctor’s offices and hospitals around the country.

3 Privacy Concerns Patients May Not Know About

3 Privacy Concerns Patients May Not Know About

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is alerting Americans to three privacy issues they may not know anything about.

CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase says these three health care news items are just a sampling of the many ways the government and the health care industry are attempting to use patient data—often without consent—for their own gain.

Revised Common Rule Strips Parents of Consent Rights Re: Baby DNA Used for Research

Revised Common Rule Strips Parents of Consent Rights Re: Baby DNA Used for Research

ST. PAUL, Minn.—As things stand, in just over two months parents will lose their consent rights for the use of their newborn baby’s DNA for federally funded research, once the revised Common Rule goes into effect on July 19, 2018.

 

CCHF Connects with Lawmakers on Patient Privacy, Opioid Crisis

CCHF Connects with Lawmakers on Patient Privacy, Opioid Crisis
ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is reaching out to lawmakers regarding two matters in the ongoing “opioid crisis.”
 
First, CCHF sent a letter to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging them to keep private the medical records of those undergoing substance abuse treatment. 

CCHF Letter to Walden, Burgess, & Barton regarding Jessie's Law

CCHF Letter to Walden, Burgess, & Barton regarding Jessie's Law

We are concerned about the impact of this legislation on patient rights, patient privacy, and patient access to timely and essential medical care. We request that the legislation NOT be passed.

Parents Sue Michigan for Stolen Blood (“Baby DNA”)

Parents Sue Michigan for Stolen Blood (“Baby DNA”)

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is storing newborn DNA for 100 years. Philip Ellison, the father of a newborn, is an attorney whose job is to sue the government. He got nine other families together in a federal lawsuit. And he sued the state health department and the biobank. His special web page: stolenblood.comFor more on issue: itsmydna.org

Congress Moving Ahead to Take Away Privacy & Consent in Matters of Substance Abuse

Congress Moving Ahead to Take Away Privacy & Consent in Matters of Substance Abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Patient privacy, when it comes to sensitive medical information, is almost a thing of the past—thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “no-privacy rule,” says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF). But one area that has remained private is data concerning substance abuse, currently kept separate from most medical records to protect patients.

 

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.

10 Harms of Stripping Patient Consent

10 Harms of Stripping Patient Consent

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) is alerting Minnesota residents—and the nation—about two bills that would void patient consent requirements found in the Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) by imposing the federal HIPAA “no consent” rule.

Not All EHRs Are Created Equal

Not All EHRs Are Created Equal

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Anyone familiar with Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) knows the patient advocacy and privacy protection organization is no fan of the government mandate to install and “meaningfully use” Electronic Health Records (EHRs).