NewLetter to OCR on Ascension-Google Sharing 50M Medical Records

Letter to OCR on Ascension-Google Sharing 50M Medical Records

CCHF's letter begins: "As president of CCHF, I am writing with a request that you also protect patient rights, specifically related to the data-sharing agreement between Ascension and Google. According to recent news reports, your office has opened up an investigation...." ACTION ALERT: Contact OCR Director Roger Severino with your concerns about Google getting the medical records of 50M people without patient consent. Use the OCR address on page one of CCHF letter.

Letter to CMS Opposing Proposed Rule to the Stark Law (Physician Self-Referrals)

Letter to CMS Opposing Proposed Rule to the Stark Law (Physician Self-Referrals)

The proposed rule “proposes exceptions to the physician self-referral law for certain value-based compensation arrangements between or among physicians, providers, and suppliers.” Our organization does not support value-based payment systems, which are anti-ethical to free-markets, competition, medical ethics, and the critically-important confidential patient-doctor relationships.

Letter to HHS Opposing a Proposed Rule moving towards "Value-Based Care"

Letter to HHS Opposing a Proposed Rule moving towards 'Value-Based Care'

CCHF President Twila Brase writes to the Inspector General, HHS: "The proposed rule fully supports a move away from the American way of paying for services (fee-for-service) to a centralized decision-making process called “value-based care” and “value-based payment.” As the proposal notes: “The Secretary of [HHS] has identified transforming our healthcare system to one that pays for value as one of the top priorities of the Department of [HHS].”"

 

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
CCHF Responds to the proposed HHS (SAMSHA) rule on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, often referred to as 42 CFR Part 2. CCHF says the strong privacy and consent requirements people with substance use disorders have today should not be rescinded. Rather, these rights should be restored to all patients whose consent rights were stripped away by the federal HIPAA "privacy" rule.

 

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork, submitted August 12, 2019: At the end of the day, we submit that your focus should be this: Give Doctors a Reason to Stay.

CCHF Opposes New Proposed Interoperability Rule

CCHF Opposes New Proposed Interoperability Rule

CCHF sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar opposing the proposed rule for "“Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program.” as it does nothing to protect privacy rights.   (Federal Register Number 2019-02224)

 

CCHF Submits Comments on HIPAA to Federal Government

CCHF Submits Comments on HIPAA to Federal Government

Dear Secretary Azar,

CCHF has been engaged in a two-decade campaign to inform Americans that despite what they’ve long been told by the news media, government agencies, health plans, legislators, Congress, hospitals, and doctor’s offices: HIPAA is not a privacy rule; HIPAA gives outsiders legal license to share, use, analyze, link, and sell patient data  . . .

CLICK HERE TO SEND PUBLIC COMMENTS BEFORE 11:59 PM TUES., FEB. 12.

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF Responds to Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF has concerns with the proposed model of Direct Provider Contracting— and its acronym. Many physicians and providers have wisely chosen to move away from insurance contracts. They have also opted out of Medicare/Medicaid to remove federal and other third-party intrusion from their practice. They are third-party- payer free (TPF). The questions and commentary of the RFI propose to intrude into the patient-doctor relationship under the name of “DPC.” The proposal asks “how can a DPC model be designed to attract a wide variety of practices, including small, independent practices, and/or physicians.”

 

CCHF Public Comments on CMS-9924-P [short-term, limited duration insurance]

CCHF Public Comments on CMS-9924-P [short-term, limited duration insurance]

We support the Trump administration’s attempt to restore freedom and affordability for care and coverage while we await either full repeal of the ACA or the development and growth of care and coverage options that are beyond the reach of the ACA and its rules, regulations, restrictions and costly requirements.

 

CCHF Public Comment on CMS Proposed Rule re: Any Willing Pharmacy

CCHF Public Comment on CMS Proposed Rule re: Any Willing Pharmacy

We support the CMS Medicare proposal to restore the freedom of senior citizens to access medication at the pharmacy of their choice.