Minnesota Department of Health Required to Hold Public Hearing on Health Surveillance Rules

In response to proposed expansion of health surveillance by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) initiated an email campaign. Still two days away from the deadline for meeting the required quota of requests for a public hearing, the email campaign has succeeded in requiring MDH to hold a hearing on proposed amendments to the Communicable Disease Reporting rules.

Minnesota Medical Association Report Disappoints

Patients and front-line physicians are apt to have their hopes dashed by the Minnesota Medical Association's new report on health care reform, according to Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

American Medical News

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) held a press conference today to announce their first-ever report on the occurrence of adverse events and medical errors in Minnesota.

PATIENT CONSENT: Does Governor plan to require it for Genomics Research initiative?

Housed at Mayo Clinic is a repository of at least 10 million patient tissue and serum samples discarded during surgery and other medical procedures. In addition, according to the Governor, 15,000 more blood and tissue samples arrive at the Mayo Clinic for analysis every day. According to news reports, the Mayo Clinic's electronic medical record system houses medical data on approximately 4 million patients - and is preparing to accept genetic data.

Make Your Voice Heard!

Voice Your Opinion on Plan to Expand Health Surveillance in Minnesota

WAKE-UP CALL: Technocrats are Taking Over the Practice of Medicine.

Extensively documented, the report: "How Technocrats are Taking Over the Practice of Medicine: A Wake-up Call to the American People," shines a bright light of openness on the terms "evidence-based medicine" and "best practices," including the purposes of proponents and the concerns of critics.

Governor Pawlenty Announces Big Government, Big Business "Cookie-Cutter Medicine" Plan

The Governor's plan to join forces with employer groups to purchase health care is bad news for the citizens and patients of Minnesota, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC). According to the Governor, the new purchasing alliance represents more than three-fifths (more than 60%) of all citizens, with more groups expected to join.

CBO: No Cost Savings in Disease Management

"What is particularly important about this report is that it comes at a time when Congress and legislatures across the country are beginning to pour millions of dollars into disease management," says Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care.

HealthPartners No-Pay Policy Bodes Ill for Patients

HealthPartner's plan to withhold payment for medical procedures in which a medical error occurs will be detrimental to their patients, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

MN GOP Party Takes Stand Against Republican-Sponsored Health Care Law

"When it comes to health care, most Republican lawmakers are out of step with the Republican party. They're out of step with conservative grassroot Republicans," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.