Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

Government Reorganization Is a Step in the Right Direction

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In a major move yesterday, the Trump administration announced a wide-ranging government reorganization that will rename the Department of Health and Human Services “Health and Public Welfare” and move the $70 billion SNAP food stamp program out of the Department of Agriculture and into the new agency.

Trump Administration Cuts National Guidelines Clearinghouse

Trump Administration Cuts National Guidelines Clearinghouse

ST. PAUL, Minn.In a bold move, the Trump administration has defunded the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC). Effective July 16, the clearinghouse will no longer house the repository of “guidelines” that are often used to direct physicians on the care of their patients

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.

Groundbreaking New Book on the Dangers of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Groundbreaking New Book on the Dangers of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

 

ST. PAUL, Minn.—If you’ve ever been in the doctor’s office and the clinician isn’t looking you in the eye—but at a computer screen instead—you know how electronic health records (EHRs) have impacted the medical industry.

But this lack of patient-doctor interaction due to EHRs is just the tip of the iceberg.  

 

 

CMS Plan for ‘Direct Primary Contractors’ Will Confuse Public / Compromise DPC Clinics

CMS Plan for ‘Direct Primary Contractors’ Will Confuse Public / Compromise DPC Clinics

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Patient privacy advocate Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has spoken out about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) potential plan to wrap direct primary care contracting (DPC) clinics back into the government.

Renaming ‘Meaningful Use’ Won’t Free Doctors or Protect Patient Privacy

Renaming ‘Meaningful Use’ Won’t Free Doctors or Protect Patient Privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is renaming the “Meaningful Use” program. The newly named “Promoting Interoperability” program will include revamped programs toaddress electronic health records (EHRs) interoperability, physician reporting requirements and hospital price transparency.

 

What’s the Problem with EHRs? 347,000 Data Breaches Since 2009

What’s the Problem with EHRs?  347,000 Data Breaches Since 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The implementation of theHealth Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in 2009 was a blow for health freedom. HITECH, embedded within the Recovery Act, provided at least $27 billion to establish a National Health Information Network for data sharing without patient consent. HITECH requires doctors and hospitals to use government-certified electronic health records (EHRs) or face financial penalties. 

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

Minnesota Legislators Voting on Crucial Patient Privacy and Consent Bill Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is alerting Minnesota residents about a crucial legislative vote Thursday that will impact medical privacy and patient consent rights.

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.