wants to listen in at your next doctor's appointment. There is a new bill making its way through the
California Legislature that could punish doctors for straying from "the contemporary scientific consensus" for COVID-19:
California's AB 2098 would discipline physicians for disseminating or promoting "misinformation" or "disinformation" as
it relates to COVID-19. Aside from the problem that the "consensus" on COVID-19 is constantly changing, the bill's
language is ambiguous and, as some California lawyers say, almost certainly infringes upon physicians' First Amendment
right to freedom of speech.
Resist the Unique Patient Identifier!.
When I began fighting the unique patient ID in the 1990s, my opponents denied that medical identifiers would make it
impossible to ensure confidentiality of medical records. Now, they are saying we should support medical identifiers
because they allow government officials, employers, schools, airlines, and even stores and restaurants to discover what, if
any, vaccinations or other medical treatments we have or have not received. The result of the identifier will be a
medical caste system, where those who refuse to follow the mandates or advice of the "experts" are denied opportunities to
work, receive an education, or even go to church or enjoy a night out on the town. A unique patient identifier will
weaken health care by making individuals reluctant to share personal information — such as drug and alcohol use
and past sexual history — with health care providers. It will also discourage sick individuals from seeking
medical care for fear their physicians will discover they are unvaccinated, smoke, are overweight, or engage in other
unapproved behaviors. A unique medical ID could also be tied to government records of gun purchases. Someone with
"too many" guns could be labeled a potential mental health risk and harassed by law enforcement. This is especially
likely if the gun grabbers are successful in their push to enact "red flag" laws in every state.
health privacy: What government giveth, it can taketh away. Suddenly, your health is everybody's
business. If you have the misfortune of living in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, where you
can no longer enter a restaurant, museum, or concert hall without proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, you may find yourself
having intimate discussions about your health with strangers. A restaurant owner in New York City recently expressed to
me his discomfort stemming from the city's new measures. Unvaccinated customers have been inundating him with personal
health details about reasons for noncompliance — such as undergoing treatment for cancer or concern of the
vaccine's potential interactions with other health conditions — just to be let through the restaurant door.
Unfortunately, the owner's empathy for his customers' circumstances landed him in trouble with New York City's health
department, which threatened to revoke his liquor license should he continue to treat his customers with basic human decency.
Just Got a COVID-19 Test. Who Now Knows I Got It? Anytime a person gets tested for COVID-19, it creates a
data point public health officials can use to track the spread and prevalence of the virus — but it also creates a
financial opportunity for a private company administering the test. There is a multibillion-dollar market for health
data in the United States, and those same companies that are now scaling up coronavirus testing, like LabCorp and Quest
Diagnostics, have been making money from patients' medical data for years. When a patient gets tested at a private lab,
that lab often removes the patient's name, then feeds the test information to third parties like pharmaceutical companies,
advertisers, researchers, and other companies with an interest in analyzing large quantities of health data.
What happened to the HIPAA laws? Judge
Forces McHenry County, Illinois Health Dept. to Provide Names of All COVID-19 Patients to Police. The McHenry
County, Illinois, Health Department (MCHD) had refused to provide the names of all coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to
police — but, on Friday [4/10/2020], Judge Michael Chmiel ruled the MCHD must do so. The McHenry County
state's attorney's office had sued MCHD to force it to begin supplying patients' names to local law enforcement, prompting
the judge's ruling, The Chicago Tribune reports: [...]
invasion into health records [is] more proof that Silicon Valley rules the world. In Big Tech's latest usurpation of personal
privacy, Google admitted this week that they've been secretly vacuuming up the detailed health records of at least 50 million
Americans in 21 states. This was not a voluntary confession. It wasn't until Monday [11/11/2019], after the Wall Street
Journal broke the story, that Google issued a typically infuriating statement. "We understand that people want to ask questions,"
it read in part. How benevolent. The Orwellian translation: We who rule Silicon Valley are exercising control over
everyone, everywhere, in ways you don't know, wouldn't understand and can't do anything about — and who's going to stop us?
is working on a top secret project with access to millions of Americans' health data including lab tests and diagnoses.
Google has been working on a top secret project with a leading healthcare company to gather millions of Americans' health data without
them knowing it. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday that the company has teamed up with Ascension, the second
largest healthcare services company in the country, for a project that was being code-named Nightingale. Within hours of the
Journal's report, the two companies announced the collaboration in a press release where they revealed that Ascension's data will
move onto Google's Cloud platform.
Maine hospital's 'Wall of Shame' used private records to mock disabled patients. MyKayla McCann was shocked by
what she discovered at her first day of work. Using confidential medical records, her new co-workers at St. Mary's
Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, had created an ersatz collage that was hidden on the inside of a cabinet
door and labeled it the "Wall of Shame." The records belonged to the hospital's physically and mentally disabled
patients, and described their "sexual activity, genital dysfunction, bowel movements, bodily odors and other personal
maladies," according to a 2018 report from Maine's Human Rights Commission, which labeled the collage "objectively
offensive." The alarming discovery was the start of a years-long saga that would ultimately lead the commission to
determine that McCann was subjected to a hostile work environment, where hospital staffers violated patient privacy laws to
look up her medical records, and discriminated against her because of her own disability.
UChicago, Google SUED in 'greatest heist' of
patient health data 'in history'. A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit
against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private
patient information to the tech giant without patients' consent. About two years ago, the university medical center
partnered with Google with the hope of identifying patterns in patient health records to help predict future medical
issues. Now, former patient Matt Dinerstein is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the medical center's patients, alleging
that the university violated privacy laws by sharing sensitive health records with Google from 2009 to 2016, aiding Google's
goal of creating a digital health record system, according to the Chicago Maroon.
Smollett's actions may have led to dozens of hospital workers being fired. Jussie Smollett remains a sore spot
for the city of Chicago, following the termination of dozens of Northwestern Memorial Hospital employees who are accused of
having gained unauthorized access to the actor's medical records during his treatment at the hospital. [...] According to one
nurse who was fired following the incident, she never accessed Smollett's records, but merely scrolled past them as she was
searching for another patient. She believes the whole thing to be a misunderstanding which cost many their jobs.
Most Insidious Feature Of The Electronic Medical Record. [Scroll down] EMRs don't permit what is most
important to being the diagnostic detective necessary to identify, fix or manage the problem. Open-ended questions
beget more detail, they spur patient's memory and challenge what they assume is irrelevant since not directly addressed from
predetermined box checking lists or arrival paperwork. The doctor-patient relationship depends on such dynamic
discussion to treat disease. To develop trust and a rapport — essential for a positive chain reaction of events as
opposed to the alternative. To navigate the changing landscape of illness. The comprehensive healthcare data
riddled throughout individual stories that expand the dialogue and exchange cannot be outsourced by an EMR. The method
of data collection via EMR does not enhance retention in any real way by comparison.
Here are 1,366 well
sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.. [#284]
In September 2013, it was reported that Obamacare requires doctors to ask patients personal questions about their sex
lives, and to put their answers into an electronic database. Doctors who avoid doing this will be penalized.
Dr. Adam Budzikowski, a New York cardiologist, said these sex question were "insensitive, stupid and very intrusive,"
and that he could not think of any reason why a cardiologist would need such information. Dr. Richard Amerling,
an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein Medical College, said that a patient's medical record should be "a
story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit," and that Obamacare turns doctor appointments
"into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential." The New York Civil Liberties Union said that these
requirements were a violation of patients' privacy. The Obama administration said that patients who wished to keep
their information out of the electronic database should pay in cash.
Service Leaked Medical Records. MEDantex, a Kansas-based company that provides medical transcription services
for hospitals, clinics and private physicians, took down its customer Web portal last week after being notified by
KrebsOnSecurity that it was leaking sensitive patient medical records — apparently for thousands of physicians.
On Friday [4/13/2018], KrebsOnSecurity learned that the portion of MEDantex's site which was supposed to be a password-protected
portal physicians could use to upload audio-recorded notes about their patients was instead completely open to the Internet.
What's more, numerous online tools intended for use by MEDantex employees were exposed to anyone with a Web browser, including
pages that allowed visitors to add or delete users, and to search for patient records by physician or patient name. No
authentication was required to access any of these pages.
now mining patient info from hospitals? Personal data regarding patient illnesses and prescription information
is being pursued by Facebook. "Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data,"
CNBC.com reported. "Facebook was in talks with top hospitals and other medical groups as recently as last month about a
proposal to share data about the social networks of their most vulnerable patients." The medical data-mining project was
devised to work in unison with information Facebook had already extracted from its users.
sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data. Facebook has asked several major U.S.
hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research
project. Facebook was intending to match it up with user data it had collected, and help the hospitals figure out which
patients might need special care or treatment. The proposal never went past the planning phases and has been put on
pause after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal raised public concerns over how Facebook and others collect and use
detailed information about Facebook users. "This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not
received, shared, or analyzed anyone's data," a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.
And 'Top-Secret' Doctor Were Working With Hospitals To Collect Patient Information. Facebook reportedly asked
multiple hospitals around the country somewhat recently if they wanted to share patient information in an apparent attempt to
help the healthcare institutions with certain processes. While the initiative, which CNBC first reported, hasn't made
it past the initial planning stage, it will likely intensify already clamorous concerns over how the tech giant values
people's data privacy. After all, Facebook allegedly tabled the proposed project when public backlash ensued, stemming
from the disclosure it was suspending a data analytics firm for misusing information related to users' traits and online
tendencies. Facebook has "not received, shared, or analyzed anyone's data," the company clarified, according to CNBC.
Meet my First Obamacare Commissar. Like most of you, I assumed that all those HIPAA forms they made me sign
over the years actually meant what they said they meant. About medical privacy and such. So, it came as a
surprise to me when I called another doc's office and a lisping Valley Girl who answered the phone demanded to know my
private information. What were her qualifications, I asked? Didn't I sign that darned HIPAA thing to protect my
private medical info? Valley Girl said nothing about any medical qualification, and she sounded like a fresh new
graduate of the local high school or community college. But she insisted politely that I had no HIPAA protection in my
medical phone call. Then I called her manager, who agreed that I have no HIPAA protections in Obama's Brave New
World. I called my doc, who agreed I have no privacy protections left. Then I called a medical friend, who
tells me she's been complaining about that for six months. But nobody told you or me.
Diagnostics says 34,000 customer accounts hacked. Medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc. says a
hack of an internet application on its network has exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people. The
Madison, New Jersey-based company says "an unauthorized third party" on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information
including names, dates of birth, lab results and in some instances, telephone numbers. The stolen data did not include
Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, insurance details or any other financial information.
Wants Inside Your Medical Records to Fight the War on Drugs. Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal
painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement. [...] "There were three police officers pounding
on the door. They said they had a warrant for my arrest and they were going to take me in," he said. "It was the
middle of the day, on my front doorstep, in front of my wife and daughter. I'm handcuffed and stuffed into a police car
and they haul me to jail." Jones was hit with 14 felony counts but all of them were later dropped. Now the Drug
Enforcement Administration wants that same kind of power, starting with access to an Oregon database containing the private
medical data of more than a million people.
probing after hackers cripple computer systems at major hospital chain. Hackers crippled computer systems at a
major hospital chain, MedStar Health Inc., on Monday [3/28/2016], forcing records systems offline for thousands of patients and doctors.
The FBI said it was investigating whether the unknown hackersdemanded a ransom to restore systems. A computer virus paralyzed some
operations at Washington-area hospitals and doctors' offices, leaving patients unable to book appointments and staff locked out of their
email accounts. Some employees were required to turn off all computers since Monday morning.
Agree: Obama's Electronic Medical Records Mandate [is Bad]. For the past several years, medical professionals
have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate — buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of
2009 — would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on the nose. The Quack-in-Chief
peddled his tech-centric elixir as a cost-saving miracle. "This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need
to repeat expensive medical tests," he crowed at the time.
blasted for no-warrant searches of patient records, court battle heats up. Drug Enforcement Administration
agents have been accessing personal medical files without a warrant, generating a backlash from doctors and privacy advocates
who say the practice is intrusive and unconstitutional — and have taken the agency to court. "It's just not
right," Texas attorney Terri Moore said. The controversial record searches are part of the government's effort to crack
down on illegal "pill mills" and prescription drug abuse. But they've set up a clash over privacy rights, and a legal battle
is now playing out in the 5th and 9th Circuit appeals courts. Lower courts have issued conflicting rulings to date, with one
backing the DEA and another demanding the agency get warrants if it wants to look at patient records.
Med Board lets DEA sneak peeks at patient records. The
Drug Enforcement Administration has been sifting through hundreds of supposedly private medical files, looking for Texas doctors and
patients to prosecute without the use of warrants. Instead, the agents are tricking doctors and nurses into thinking they're
with the Texas Medical Board. When that doesn't work, they're sending doctors subpoenas demanding medical records without court
approval. The DEA can't even count how many times it has resorted to the practice nationwide. A spokesman estimated it
was in the thousands.
Get the Power to Seize Medical Records on 'Fishing Expedition' Investigations with No Subpoena from
a Judge. Administrative subpoenas are issued unilaterally by government agencies —
meaning without approval by neutral judges — and without probable cause stated under oath and
affirmation as required by the Fourth Amendment. There are now 336 federal statutes authorizing
administrative subpoenas, according to the Department of Justice. In U.S. v Zadeh,
the DEA obtained the records of 35 patient files without showing probable cause or obtaining a warrant
issued by a judge.
System reports patient data breach; 4.5 million may be affected. The UCLA Health System said
Friday [7/17/2015] that it has been the victim of a criminal cyberattack affecting as many as 4.5 million
patients. The attackers accessed a computer network that contains personal and medical information.
The university said there was no evidence yet that any such data was taken, but it can't rule out that
possibility while the investigation continues.
ObamaCare Enrollees Have Their Data Stolen, Too? In the case of OPM, they had been
repeatedly warned that their networks were vulnerable to cyberattacks, yet did little to improve
security. As a result, private data on more than 21 million people, some of whom were applying for
federal security clearances, are in the hands of hackers believed to be from China. At least all
of these people were current or former employees of the federal government. Healthcare.gov, on
the other hand, now collects information on millions of private citizens who apply for ObamaCare
coverage at this federal exchange, and operates a data hub that connects a multitude of other government
databases. It, too, appears to suffer from the same indifference to cybersecurity as OPM.
Obamacare Is Here to Prey.
[Scroll down] If you go to a hospital or buy health insurance, it is against federal law for those entities
to disclose any of your personal information to outside parties. But they're not the government.
Earlier this year AP reported, "The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal
data to private companies that specialize in advertising and... marketing." That's right, marketing.
Another requirement that the government imposes on hospitals and insurers is that they destroy old records after
a certain period of time. But they're not the government. AP also reports, "A government data
warehouse stores personal information forever on millions of people who seek coverage under President Obama's
health care law, including those who open an account on HealthCare.gov but don't sign up for coverage."
Yes, forever. And this system, called MIDAS, went live without an adequate risk assessment according
to the Government Accountability Office.
the idea of centralized electronic medical records. Electronic medical records were supposed to save doctors'
time and improve results by putting your entire medical history in one place. Two major problems. First, it doesn't
work. What takes a physician a couple of minutes to write on your chart now can become a burdensome scroll through computer
screens: [...] Politico further reports that the idea of electronic records, conceived as an idea under G.W. Bush but
implemented by the Obama administration, found a lot of federal money chasing an idea whose technology was not ready.
Beware: the Electronic Health Records Debacle May Get Much Worse. More and more people
are having the disturbing experience of seeing their doctors spend more time pecking at a computer
keyboard than examining them. The doctors are entering data into their patients' electronic health
records (EHRs) in compliance with federal rules introduced a few years ago. EHRs drive doctors
crazy. Their own experience tells them that electronic recordkeeping interferes with care, by taking
time away from patients. In a survey conducted by the Deloitte consulting group, three of four
doctors said EHRs are not worth the cost. The influential RAND Corporation, which had long endorsed
EHRs, reported in 2013 that they neither saved money nor improved care.
smell blood in electronic medical records. As electronic medical records (EMRs)
proliferate under federal regulations, kludgey workflow processes and patient data entry quality can
be problematic. The inherent issues with EMRs — and for the healthcare professionals
required to learn them — hasn't been lost on lawyers, who see the potential for millions
of dollars in judgments for plaintiffs suing for medical negligence. Keith Klein, a medical
doctor and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, described four such
cases where judgments reached more than $7.5 million because the data contained in an EMR
couldn't be trusted in court.
Identity: 2.3 Million Americans Suffer Medical ID Theft. Medical identity theft is one
of the most costly, confusing and potentially dangerous types of fraud — and a new study
shows it's on a sharp rise. Medical ID theft soared 22 percent in 2014, The Ponemon Institute
said in its fifth annual survey published Monday [2/23/2015]. Ponemon estimates more than 2.3 million
adult Americans or close family members became victims during or before 2014. Once someone becomes a
victim, it's extremely difficult to untangle the fraudulent bills and ruined medical records.
the Federal Government Out of the Electronic Health Records Business. In 2009, the
federal government decided that doctors and hospitals were slow to take up electronic health records
(EHR). Isn't everyone fed up with filling out forms and having his or her medical records filed in
manila folders? So the feds decided to dish out $30 billion to pay doctors and hospitals to install
EHRs credentialed by a new government agency, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information
Technology (ONC). By July 2014, $25 billion of these payments had gone out the door.
Unfortunately, results indicate that this federal spending has perverted the natural adoption of EHRs,
and may have even lowered the quality of care.
Data Breach At Health Insurer Anthem Reveals Social Security Numbers And More. Today
[2/4/2015], Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in America revealed that hackers broke
into the company's servers and stole social security numbers and other personal information. This
is a massive data breach with the potential to expose the information of nearly 80 million Anthem
customers and has the potential to be the largest health care related data breach in history.
Health Insurer Says Cyberattack Stole Data of Millions. Anthem, one of the nation's
largest health insurers, said late Wednesday that the personal information of tens of millions of
its customers and employees, including its chief executive, was the subject of a "very sophisticated
external cyberattack." The company, which is continuing its investigation into the exact scope
of the attack, said hackers were able to breach a database that contained as many as 80 million
records of current and former customers, as well as employees. The information accessed included
names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information, including
Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut For Using Paper Records. More than 250,000
physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today [12/18/2014] that their payments
from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren't adequately using electronic health records in their
practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS,
is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid
1 percent less in reimbursement next year from both the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly
and the Medicaid insurance program for the poor because they failed to comply with so-called "Meaningful Use"
of electronic health records standards in 2013.
Obamacare blow to personal privacy. Last week, the Health and Human Services Department announced a
plan to share your medical records with over 35 federal agencies — all in the name of "health care," of
course. All in the name of "efficiency," the favorite excuse used by fascists wherever they appear. Of
Obamacare's many assaults on our quality of life, financial security and personal privacy, there was a pre-Obamacare
signal from the federal government that any expectation of medical privacy was quickly becoming a quaint, and dead,
Hacking Nightmare Gets Worse: Employees Medical Records Revealed. Documents stolen from Sony Corp. by hackers
include detailed and identifiable health information on more than three dozen employees, their children or spouses —
a sign of how much information employers have on their workers and how easily it can become public. One memo by a human
resources executive, addressed to the company's benefits committee, disclosed details on an employee's child with special needs,
including the diagnosis and the type of treatment the child was receiving. The memo discussed the employee's appeal of
thousands of dollars in medical claims denied by the insurance company.
sites leaked the locations of people seeking AIDS services for years. Two federal
government Web sites that help people find AIDS-related medical services have begun routinely
encrypting user data after years in which they let sensitive information — including the
real-world locations of site visitors — onto the Internet unprotected. Until the
change, these sites had risked exposing the identities of visitors when they used search boxes to
find nearby facilities offering HIV testing, treatment and other services, such as substance abuse
and mental health counseling, say security experts. Government smartphone apps associated with
one of the Web sites, AIDS.gov, also transmitted the latitude and longitude of users seeking services,
after collecting those details from the phones of users.
medical records: The silver is off this bullet. The mass adoption of electronic health
records was part of the 2009 stimulus package that many people liked on both sides of the aisle. It
would become a key concept within the context of healthcare reform. [...] But as the Washington
Examiner's Richard Pollock reported this week, this program is now lurching toward an early
death. With tens of billions of dollars spent, only about 3 percent of America's doctors
and 16 percent of its hospitals now have record keeping systems that can interoperate with one
another. Even worse, nearly half of the medical professionals participating in the incentive
program are now expected to drop out.
Obamacare Ruins More
Than Health Care. No government intrusion in our lives is more direct, personal and
threatening than Obamacare's intrusion in the care of our own health. [...] The suppression of
liberty in health care choices will take all privacy down with it. Tight government control of
electronic medical records — which used to be private — seems a minor
contribution to the destruction of the Fourth Amendment compared to the seizure of everyone's
communications with everybody, without individual court orders based on probable cause. How can we
protest loss of privacy in any communications when we must surrender it for our medical records?
Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack. Community Health Systems Inc
(CYH.N), one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday [8/18/2014] it was the victim of a cyber attack
from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to
4.5 million patients. Security experts said the hacking group, known as "APT 18,"
may have links to the Chinese government.
hacked, 4.5 million records stolen. Community Health Systems, which operates 206
hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday [8/18/2014] that hackers recently broke into its
computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Hackers have gained access to their names,
Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.
is watching — your waistline. Medical records, social media, credit card
records and new activity tracking gadgets like Fitbits are being used to assess your riskiness to
yourself and to the cost-conscious health care system. Aetna is among the companies paving the
way. It's using data analytics and interventions on its own 50,000 employees — and about
40 of the companies it insures are using them, too. The data explosion — some would say
intrusion — is being fueled by trends in the private sector and by federal policies,
including elements of Obamacare.
to the End of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality. When the "Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act" passed, the end of doctor-patient confidentiality was predictable —
but we could not have expected it to happen this soon. ObamaCare, with the aid of hospitals,
insurers, banks, and private data managers, is initiating a program to track store and credit card
purchases to see if people are telling the truth about their lifestyle choices. [...] The reality
is that any personal physician can size up a person's lifestyle choices in five minutes of
face-to-face contact. [...] The only reason for the government to be doing this is so that they can
make financial decisions independent of the physician.
Spy on Your Purchases to Spot Bad Habits. You may soon get a call from your doctor if
you've let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out
counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores. That's because some hospitals are starting to
use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those
most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.
Much For HIPAA — Government Now Mining Health Records. Hey, does anyone remember how
liberals screech about how abortion rights are all about "privacy" and we need to keep the government away
from our bodies? I wonder why they all aren't protesting how the government is mining our health
data. Maybe because they say it's for our own good.
application asks personal questions, such as where a child was conceived. Single parents applying online for MaineCare coverage are
being asked personal questions — such as whether their child was conceived in Maine and why the absent parent no longer lives in the
home — as part of the application. From a scroll-down menu of possible reasons that the other parent left home, the MaineCare
applicant can choose "unwed parenthood, divorce, abandonment, death, separation, incarceration" and others.
Chart? Dead Patient? HHS Issues Safety Tips for Using E-Health Records. Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to
improve patient care, but only if the doctor is treating the right patient. "Wrong-patient charting is one of the more common
safety problems in EHRs and can result in both data integrity and data confidentiality issues when protected health information is
disclosed in the wrong chart and is missing from the right chart," says a new set of safety guidelines issued by the Department of
Health and Human Services on Wednesday [1/15/2014]. "Steps should be taken to ensure that the person using an EHR to care for
a patient is addressing the intended patient," the safety tips add.
IRS seizes 60M
medical records for massive tax fraud investigation. The healthcare entity that slapped the Internal Revenue Service
with a class action lawsuit back in March over allegedly seizing the private medical records of 10 million Americans has now
been identified. The company's founder, the subject of extensive investigation by the IRS, was indicted last summer on
13 counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and filing fraudulent tax returns.
Administration Proposes Rule Changes to Say HIPAA Does Not Apply to Second Amendment. Earlier this week we heard about the
proposed executive actions from the White House that would expand who could be reported as being mentally defection to the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Many at the time wondered how such a rule change could stand given the strict Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations followed in the United States which take great measures to protect the personal medical
information of patients. Now we know how they're going to do. They're just going to change HIPAA to basically make it null and
void in regards to the Second Amendment.
Security breach at UW Medicine affects 90,000 patients. The personal information of
approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly
been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored patient data.
Doesn't the HIPAA law prevent this? NBC Presents
All-Positive Story on 'Shared Medical Appointments'. It appears that NBC is trying to prepare us for the future of health care
scarcity that ObamaCare is likely to bring. On Saturday's Today, chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman presented a story on a
new phenomenon that has popped up in some hospitals and clinics around the country: shared medical appointments. The idea is to put
as many as 15 people with similar health problems in the same room with their doctor so they can all discuss their medical issues together.
for nothing, President Obama. President Obama's war on America has accelerated. We're losing ground on every
front. [...] Aided and abetted by nearly all of the Ds and most of the Rs, he pardons unions and megacorporations from Obamacare.
There is no reprieve yet for the millions of Americans who liked their healthcare plans and planned to keep them. Expect unilateral,
unconstitutional action, though, to provide breathing room until after 2014 elections. Planned Parenthood and other unvetted hoods
have been made official agents of change under the ACA. Under penalty of law, Americans are forced to provide far more personal
information to the Feds than our Dear Leader did as a candidate for the presidency.
ID Verification Lagging on Health
Care Website. Just days before the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled federal health insurance
website, officials said Monday [11/25/2013] that they were aware of another problem that has prevented thousands of people who were unable
to verify their identity from shopping for health plans. Many users of the website have had their applications cast into limbo after
they uploaded copies of documents like driver's licenses, Social Security cards and voter registration cards, or sent them to the office of
the federal insurance marketplace in London, Ky.
ObamaCare Website Opens Door For Mass Identity Theft. "Not only is the
poorly designed and still only partially built ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, it already may have been
compromised, cybersecurity expert David Kennedy told a House Science, Space & Technology Committee hearing on Tuesday [11/19/2013]. "Hackers
are definitely after it," said Kennedy, CEO of data security firm Trusted SEC. "And if I had to guess, based on what I can see... I would say
the website is either hacked already or will be soon." What kind of government would lay bare the lives of its own citizens to online marauding
identity thieves? The answer to the question is chilling when it becomes obvious that it is an evil rather than stupid one.
ObamaCare Website Is Like
'IdentityTheft.Gov'. Computer security experts testify that the unfinished health care marketplace portal places the personal information
of millions at risk on a poorly designed and built site that is a hacker's dream. Not only is the poorly designed and still only partially built
ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov, vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, it already may have been comprised, cybersecurity expert David Kennedy
told a House Science, Space, & Technology Committee hearing on Tuesday. "Hackers are definitely after it," said Kennedy, CEO of data security
firm Trusted SEC. "And if I had to guess, based on what I can see ... I would say the website is either hacked already or will be soon."
The Editor says...
If you think a national ID card is a good idea, let the
Obamacare rollout be a lesson to you. The national ID card system would require the ingest of all your
personally identifying information into a government sytem — almost certainly including a connection
to the internet along the way. Just like Obamacare, that system won't work as advertised, and the details of your
identity will be exposed to con artists and thieves. This is inevitable, because it will be a massive bureaucracy
run by the same incompetent government that is trying to build the Obamacare on-line registration system on the fly.
reasons Obamacare will only get worse for Democrats: [#6] Security breaches will increase. There have already been so many Web
site problems and so many unanswered questions about Web site security that it's surprising administration officials are still claiming they are
"confident" in the system. A big security breach is inevitable. It's just a matter of time. Even just the few horror stories we
have heard so far prove what we all know: The Web site will not protect everybody's sensitive, personal health care and financial data.
Obamacare exchange: Hackers
welcome, no experience necessary. The Obamacare insurance exchange is making it incredibly easy for identity thieves to gain access
to your information. You only have to ask. The exchange reportedly gave a St. Louis woman's personal information, including home
address and Social Security number, to three different people. Lisa Martinson registered in the exchange and later forgot her password.
When she called customer service, she was informed that her account information was given to three different people, according to News 4
St. Louis. Now she just wants her personal data offline. The exchange told her that could take up to five days.
Con Men Prey on Confusion Over Health Care
Act. To the list of problems plaguing President Obama's health care law, add one more — fraud. With millions of Americans frustrated
and bewildered by the trouble-prone federal website for health insurance, con men and unscrupulous marketers are seizing their chance. State
and federal authorities report a rising number of consumer complaints, ranging from deceptive sales practices to identity theft, linked to the Affordable
Felons could have
been hired as ObamaCare 'navigators,' Sebelius tells Senate panel. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted
Wednesday [11/06/2013] that it was possible convicted felons could be hired as ObamaCare 'navigators,' giving them access to personal information
like Social Security numbers and addresses of anyone signing up for the program. Sebelius made the admission in an exchange with Sen. John
Cornyn, R-Texas., during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. It was the second time in a week Sebelius was on Capitol Hill, forced to
defend the problem-plagued ObamaCare website.
Security hole found in Obamacare website. The
Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to hack into users' accounts. Until the Department
of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack
Healthcare.gov Has a Big EDI Problem.
'834' is a code for a type of EDI message that is tailored specifically for the healthcare industry. The purpose of the 834 message for
Healthcare.gov is to route information about new enrollees to insurance companies. Sending an 834 is the last thing Healthcare.gov does in the
enrollment process — from that point forward, the insurance companies theoretically have everything they need to enroll the new policy
holders. The 834 contains information on each enrollee such as name, address, family members, enrollment plan and other details. It is
critical that the 834 messages are formatted properly, contain correct information, and are processed correctly by the insurance companies.
The Editor says...
Those "834" packets had better be well encrypted, or the data streams going to the insurance companies will be fuel for identity thieves.
Data Can Be Used For 'Law Enforcement, Audit Activities'. Maryland's Health Connection, the state's Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays
ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.
ObamaCare reg on digital
patient records raises security concerns. A provision in ObamaCare requiring medical providers to switch from paper patient charts to
electronic records is intended to reduce costs and improve care. But privacy advocates fear the transition is too fast for security measures
to keep pace. "The thing I worry about is not that we are doing it, but that we're doing it without the right safeguards," said Lee Tien, a
senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
'Is everybody wrong' about health care except
Obama? Your health records no longer will be private — and neither will your sex life. "Are you sexually active?
If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?" That's just one of the questions you'll soon be forced to answer.
Why? Because once the government's involved, everything is its business.
Patient Privacy Goes Out the Window
and Into the ObamaCare Data Hub. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — "ObamaCare" as it will be forever known in the annals of
failed, big-government policies — wants to know what you've been up to in your sex life. It's ironic that ObamaCare, passed in the dead of night
with only Democrat votes, should make such an egregious attempt to violate the privacy rights of medical patients. After all, wasn't it the Democratic Party
that held a national convention in 2012 celebrating abortion and claiming a woman's "choice" should be a private matter between her and her doctor?
On Campus, a Faculty Uprising Over
Personal Data. Penn State administrators quietly introduced the plan, called "Take Care of Your Health," this summer in the deadest
part of the academic calendar. [...] The plan requires nonunion employees, like professors and clerical staff members, to visit their doctors for a
checkup, undergo several biometric tests and submit to an extensive online health risk questionnaire that asks, among other questions, whether they
have recently had problems with a co-worker, a supervisor or a divorce.
Obama Wants Your Sexual History. Doctors are
being turned into government agents, where they're pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary and violate
their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients' records confidential. Going to the doctor can be embarrassing. But for your own good, you
confide in your doctor, as you wouldn't anyone else. What is happening here is different.
Government Seeking Inclusion of
'Social and Behavioral' Data in Health Records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to require health care
providers to include "social and behavioral" data in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and to link patient's records to public health departments,
it was announced last week. Health care experts say the proposal raises additional privacy concerns over Americans' personal health
information, on top of worries that the Obamacare "data hub" could lead to abuse by bureaucrats and identify theft.
How Obamacare Makes Theft Of Your
Identity More Likely. Last week, the Obama Administration doled out tens of millions of dollars to "community groups" across the country,
with few strings attached. These groups — and those posing as them — could gain access to consumer addresses, Social
Security numbers, and medical information. It's the President's gift to some of his grassroots allies. And it could be a bonanza for
general raise privacy concerns over ObamaCare navigators. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued late Friday [8/16/2013] that new hires under
ObamaCare could threaten the private information of people trying to get health insurance. Bondi said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is
making it easier for someone to be hired as a so-called navigator, cutting back on background checks and eliminating a fingerprinting requirement, which could make it
easier for a person's private information to fall into the wrong hands.
The Rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
As we advance toward the much anticipated rollout of Obamacare on October 1, the true horror of what Congress and the president have wrought is beginning
to sink in. There is a growing nervousness that the state insurance exchanges not only won't be ready, but may harbor a dangerous vulnerability that would
allow hackers access to the personal information of consumers who sign up for insurance via the sites.
The Next Threat to Your Privacy.
Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records? When Obamacare's health insurance exchanges open, your
data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system. The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1.
But the list of implementation failures keeps growing, and the security of Americans' data is threatened.
Busybody Politics. ObamaCare is perhaps
the ultimate in busybody politics. People who have never even run a drugstore, much less a hospital, blithely prescribe what must be done by the
entire medical system, from doctors to hospitals to producers of pharmaceutical drugs to health insurance companies. This includes federal laws
requiring the turning over of patients' confidential medical records to the federal government, where these records can be looked at by politicians,
bureaucrats and whoever can hack into the government's computers. Neither you nor your doctor has a right to keep this information confidential.
ObamaCare Poses a Massive Privacy
Risk. As far back as December 2012, Obama administration officials were insisting that the data hub at the center of the ObamaCare
exchanges was nearly finished. Yet all the while, they were pushing back deadlines or missing them altogether, to the point where, unless
ObamaCare's launch is delayed, millions of people's privacy will be at risk. Obama officials may, in fact, have flat-out lied to lawmakers
about the data hub's progress.
on ObamaCare: The IRS in doctors' offices threatens everyone's privacy. A few weeks ago, the White House announced it would delay the
employer mandate under ObamaCare. The evidence is clear, this law is threatening job growth and turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs.
On top of the negative economic and health consequences of ObamaCare, the law requires an unholy union between the IRS and your protected health
The imminent health-exchange scandal.
[Scroll down] In reality, the beta version [of the Affordable Care Act] jammed through a few months ago will, unless delayed and fixed,
inflict on the public the most widespread violation of the Privacy Act in our history.
The Dangerous ObamaCare Data
Hub. Under the guise of expanding Americans' access to healthcare, "the federal government is planning to quietly enact what
could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic," Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard asserted in
a USA Today column. That consolidation is called the Federal Data Services Hub, and it is being assembled as part of ObamaCare's
insurance exchange implementation.
They're up in arms of
the NSA database, but what about ObamaCare and health records? [Scroll down] What I have a hard time understanding,
however, is how one can get worked up into a near panic about an overreaching national security apparatus while also celebrating other
government expansions into our lives, chief among them the hydrahead leviathan of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare). The
2009 stimulus created a health database that will store all your health records. The Federal Data Services Hub will record
everything bureaucrats deem useful, from your incarceration record and immigration status to whether or not you had an abortion
or were treated for depression or erectile dysfunction.
Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes
The ObamaCare Hub. The Health and Human Services Department earlier this year exposed just how vast the government's data
collection efforts will be on millions of Americans as a result of ObamaCare. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide "a
complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub." The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will
be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much to grant in
federal insurance subsidies.
will share personal health info with federal, state agencies. A new 253-page Obamacare rule issued late Friday [6/14/2013]
requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking
to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. Protected health information,
or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade
the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health
looks into IRS seizure of 60 million medical records. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are
looking into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service seized 60 million medical records from a California health care provider.
"(T)he Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the course of executing
a search warrant at a California health care provider's corporate headquarters in March 2011, improperly seized the personal medical
records of millions of American citizens in possible violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution," members of
the committee wrote in a letter Tuesday [6/11/2013] to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
House panel to
probe alleged seizure of medical records by IRS. A top House committee launched another probe of the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) Tuesday [6/11/2013] after a lawsuit alleged that the agency improperly seized millions of personal medical records in
California. In a letter, Republican leaders on the Energy and Commerce panel asked the IRS to explain how it handles confidential
medical information. "While [federal] privacy rules restrict the ability of a covered entity to release protected health
information, those rules appear to impose no restrictions on the IRS's ability to use such information after it is obtained,"
the lawmakers wrote.
More ask for Social
Security numbers; can you withhold it? Robert Scudder had heard the stories about police routinely finding identity
thieves with other people's medical records so he decided on a simple course to protect himself: He would stop giving his
Social Security number to new doctors. "I'm concerned about becoming a victim," said Scudder, a 63-year-old Zephyrhills retired
child services investigator. "I know some other people who have."
Obamacare "Navigators": Another Sebelius Snitch Brigade?.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of "navigators," "in-person
assisters" and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges. This nanny-state
navigator corps is the Mother of all Community Organizing Boondoggles. It's also yet another Obama threat to Americans' privacy.
The IRS attempts to save Obamacare by unilaterally declaring that it will disregard the law. An IRS Scandal Inseparable from Obamacare.
Thanks to ubiquitous if imperfectly honest press coverage, most Americans know about the IRS scandal involving tax-exempt applications from
various Tea Party groups. The public is still, however, getting the mushroom treatment on two other outrages by that rogue agency.
The media have devoted scant coverage to its theft of 60 million medical records, now the subject of a class action lawsuit, and they have
been all but silent regarding the illegal IRS scheme to fund Obamacare's federal insurance exchanges.
The Obama Crony in Charge of your
Medical Records. Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don't know her — but her politically connected,
taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder
and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store almost half of all Americans' health information. If the crony odor and the
potential for abuse that this "epic" arrangement poses don't chill your bones, you ain't paying attention.
policy requires workers to 'voluntarily' report health information... or pay a $600 fine. A new policy at the popular
pharmacy chain CVS is causing outrage after the company announced it will require its employees to report their weight, BMI, and glucose
levels — or pay a hefty fine. CVS Caremark, which is based in Rhode Island, has some 200,000 employees. The
controversial new policy would require workers to sign a waiver that they 'voluntarily' disclosed the information, but those who opt out
must pay a $600 fee.
We're All CVS Employees Now.
Starting in 2014, per the dictates of the federal government, your doctor must record your body mass index (BMI), which measures
whether you are overweight, each time he or she treats you and turn it over to the government via your electronic health record,
which every patient is required to have. Your BMI will then be tracked by the Health and Human Services Department, the
agency rolling out ObamaCare, and a bevy of other state and federal agencies.
CVS asks workers to submit medical information or pay
extra health care fine. CVS is coming under fire for a controversial new policy that requires all employees who use its
health plan to submit vital information or pay extra for health insurance. The pharmacy chain has told all of its nearly 200,000
workers on its health care plan that they have until May 1 to get a health screening and report back to the company their weight,
height, blood pressure and other levels if they don't want their rates to go up.
Medical Records Allowing Increased Billing, Abuses. The Obama administration maintains that pushing hospitals and physicians to
adopt electronic medical records will improve efficiency, increase patient safety, and reduce health care costs. But as more providers
transition to EMRs, there has been an unexpected consequence: Billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers, and
ObamaCare destroys your privacy. It soon may be difficult to keep any sensitive medical
problem strictly between you and your doctor. The 2009 stimulus and the Obama health law enacted last
year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical
history — making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government
employees and a variety of health-care personnel.
Obama's Electronic Medical Records Scam.
In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many
government "incentive" programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, one-size-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and
hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse.
Your Medical Information Be Used Against You? Now that the cozy relationship between Google and
the government has been brought to light it leads one to wonder what other favors will Google be granted?
It is conceivable that they can use a loophole in HIPPA to flout the regulations and share or sell the medical
information that they obtain on their Google Health Website that was launched in May 2010. While Google
Consumer Watchdog that they have been lobbying Congress to do just that. If this is allowed, they would
join pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies in the ability to make a profit off of private health information.
Records Aren't Secure. I learned about the lack of health privacy when I hung out my shingle as
a psychiatrist. Patients asked if I could keep their records private if they paid for care themselves.
They had lost jobs or reputations because what they said in the doctor's office didn't always stay in the doctor's
office. That was 35 years ago, in the age of paper. In today's digital world the problem has
only grown worse.
EPIC's web page about
Medical Privacy. What's In Your Medical Records? Besides information
about physical health, these records may include information about family relationships,
sexual behavior, substance abuse, and even the private thoughts and feelings that come
with psychotherapy. This information is often keyed to a social security
number. Because of a lack of consistent privacy protection in the use of Social
Security Numbers, the information may be easily accessible. Information from your
medical records may influence your credit, admission to educational institutions, and
employment. It may also affect your ability to get health insurance, or the rates
you pay for coverage.
What Privacy? The
federal medical privacy rule went into effect on April 14, 2003. It gives us no reason
More on the New Horizon: Did you have
a strange cough in 1978? We are told that our health records, which of course are blueprints to how our lives were
lived, will become part of a national data base (do we really wish some clerk in HHS or a regional office, with instant
access to the details of 300 million Americans, leaking (cf. Joe the Plumber and leaks about his post-marriage
problems) information that candidate X, critic Y, or political opponent Z had a positive TB test once, or
took some meds for some unmentionable disease, or tried an anti-depressant for a month or so?)
The Fight for Medical Privacy Continues in
Washington. Medical privacy advocates enjoyed a victory [in March 2001] when the Supreme Court
ruled that a government hospital in South Carolina violated the constitutional rights of pregnant women by
testing them for drugs without their consent. The hospital ostensibly began the testing program because
of concerns about increasing cocaine use by pregnant patients, but if the hospital was concerned only with
patient and fetus health, why were test results turned over to law enforcement?
Medical "Privacy" Rule Tab
$18 Billion, Value $0: Bill Clinton's medical "privacy" regulation that President Bush adopted
will cost $18 billion over 10 years. Regulators couldn't assign it even one cent of
measurable benefit. Critics of the massive new bureaucratic program say it will place enormous financial
and paperwork burdens on the health industry, add to patients' costs of medical care and provide less, rather
than more, privacy protection.
The Assault on Freedom, Federalism, and
Privacy: There always have been busybody neighbors, dumpster-diving thieves, and intrusive
journalists, but protecting personal privacy has become even more important in the computer age. Threats
come from all quarters. … However, sometimes the gravest threat to privacy and our liberties comes not
from thieves but from government officials who claimed that their "need to know" trumps the individual
right to be left alone.
Government Unveils Privacy
Standards. The government Thursday [2/13/2003] issued standards health insurers and other
entities must abide by to protect the privacy of electronically transmitted health data, but consumer
advocates said the provisions would do little to ensure patient confidentiality.
histories exposed. An investigation by The Harvard Crimson was reported in that newspaper
on 1/21/2005, noting that a Harvard University website, iCommons Poll Tool, for months had contained confidential
information on the drug purchase history of students and employees that was easily accessible to outsiders.
Why Rush Limbaugh's Medical File
Matters. Why should we care that Rush Limbaugh's medical records might be exposed during a trial
for doctor shopping? Because once his records are revealed, our medical records as well as those for
every patient in every physician are at risk. When this happens, your friends, relatives, employers
and health insurers are going to know things about you that are simply not their business.
Big Brother Knows Your
Medications. A little-known federal program requires pharmacists to report patients' names,
their prescriptions, the amount of the medication they receive and the names of their doctors. In
17 states, police have access to that data.
How the Press
Distorts "Privacy": The establishment press is ballyhooing a recent Clinton-and-Bush
regulation as protecting the privacy of patients' medical records. Actually, the rule does
Advocates Clash With Administration Over New Rules: At issue are changes to the
Clinton-era health care privacy rule proposed by the Bush administration that would allow health care
providers to use or disclose, without patient consent, medical records for purposes of
treatment, payment, or "health care operations."
Part 1 of 6: Medical
"Privacy" Regulations Destroy Privacy: Federal privacy regulations issued by the
Clinton administration on Dec. 28, 2000, and adopted by the Bush administration on April 14, 2001, perpetrate
a fraud on the American people, proclaiming privacy as their goal when ever-wider access to individual
medical records is their actual and intended effect.
Part 2: Medical
"Privacy" Rules Advance a National ID: Why should ordinary people bother to read the
medical privacy rules anyway? Media and government sources continue to assert the benign nature
of the new regulations, which are said to promise cost savings through database standardization along
with protection of people's medical privacy. Why be concerned?
Part 3: Media and Feds
Whitewash Invasive Medical "Privacy" Rules: For those who have learned about the federal
medical privacy rules through the popular media, the benefit would seem clear. Indeed, it is
difficult to find in the popular press any report that questions the strength of these privacy protections
or suggests their privacy-eroding impact.
Part 4: 'Privacy'
Rules Spread Your Personal Medical Information: A provision that facilitates virtually
unfettered sharing of our medical information between government agencies is tucked away on page 21 of
the HHS regulation's fine print. This provision allows certain government health plans, such as
Medicare or the State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), to disclose individually identifiable
medical records to other government agencies without patient consent.
Part 6: One
Final Hope for Saving Medical Privacy: The outlook for medical privacy
is bleak. When the Bush administration allowed the medical privacy rule to take effect,
privacy advocates expressed hope that the rule's fundamental problems might be remedied
by future modifications of offending provisions, but such melioration now appears
unlikely. Although some revisions are to be expected, it is highly doubtful that the
basic structure of the regulation will change -- at least not at the government's
Feds OK Spreading Medical Records
Without Written Permission: The government's attack on medical privacy has taken a new twist:
Hospitals and doctors can share private information about a patient's health with HMOs and insurance companies
without the patient's permission, the Bush administration said today. [Aug. 9]
Medical Hoax Slips Big Brother Into
Your Private Business: Hillarycare is coming through the back door. By the time you know
it's there, it will be too late to stop it. Your confidential medical records will be public
knowledge. In the next few years, it is going to become increasingly simple to transfer electronic
medical records over the Internet.
Trojan Horse Legislation:
Given that the existing system works so well, why do we need a new one? The answer is that what Colorado
doesn't have, and what the proponents of nationalized health care need, is a law letting the state collect and
store individual health information on each of its citizens. To sneak such legislation past a population
that has already said no to government-controlled health care, its proponents routinely disguise their
proposals as measures designed to help immunize The Children.
How to Protect Your Medical
Privacy: That privacy in the U.S. is a joke is rapidly becoming the consensus. But there
are specific steps you can take to protect your confidential information, particularly your medical
records. Well over half of the American people believe their private records, especially those containing
medical information, are widely shared by many who have no business having access to them.
Federal "Privacy" Rules Could Kill
You. When you have a medical emergency, you may end up with the worst of both worlds: Your
doctor won't be able to treat you without a federally approved consent form, and your personal medical
history will be available to the government.
Forbes Magazine: New Medical
Rules Violate Privacy: Forbes magazine reports that new federal rule changes relating to your
medical records is a "prescription for snooping by government officials and others" and "will only open more
files to unwarranted view."
Jail Awaits 'Privacy' Rule
Violators: Those daring to buck the federal government's new medical-records "privacy" regulation
could be denied health care, pay heavy fines or even go to prison.
"Privacy" Rules Open Door to
Socialized Medicine: The open sesame to American socialized medicine is not the reviled Unique
Personal Identifier but the "privacy protection" lock that will make that key inevitable. Behind that
supposedly secure lock is an electronic national data collection of Americans' personal medical records,
resulting from a presidential order imposing a complex web of misnamed "privacy" regulations. John Perry
explains why the new 'privacy' rules backdoor socialized medicine by requiring all Americans to be assigned a
health identification number called a UPI -- Unique Patient Identifier. By dog-tagging every American, the
government will be able to monitor and control every person's medical records from birth to death.
The Hoax That Keeps On
Hoaxing: Bill Clinton's regulation purporting to protect everyone's medical privacy may well be
his crowning masterpiece of political legerdemain, the ultimate hoaxer's ultimate hoax.
Asking your doctor about medical
privacy may be hazardous to your health: Denial of health care, perhaps leading to death, may be
in store for you if you're not careful when talking to your doctor about the government's pending 1,500-page
rule on medical privacy. It is an extremely sensitive subject with health care providers. They are
upset as it is about the cost of implementing it. And some of them may go nearly over the edge when
hearing complaints about the rule's threat to privacy. They see pro-privacy efforts as possibly making
the rule all the more costly.
Pressure to Make Medical Records
Even More Accessible: The rule, proposed in the final days of the Clinton administration, would
require doctors, hospitals, HMOs, druggists and other health care providers to share patients' personal medical
records, sometimes without notice or advanced warning.
Federal Rule: Your Medical
Records to Be Shared: A key part of Hillary Clinton's original health care plan that would have
allowed third parties to collect your private medical data and records may become federal law in a matter of
Health technology bill
could weaken privacy. A measure currently under consideration in the House could weaken
medical privacy by granting the federal government authority to preempt state laws, according to
critics of the bill.
Medical Microchips — Risk and
Uncertainty. It is a sad reality that many federal laws result in unintended consequences for
the public which must abide by them. Such has been the fate of the much-touted Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a law so cumbersome it took the Department of Health and
Human Services almost seven years to figure out how to implement it. The most significant unintended
results of HIPAA have occurred in the area of medical privacy.
Chips" Be Required for Medical Care? President Bush's former health secretary
Tommy Thompson is putting the final touches to a plan that could result in US citizens having
a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip inserted under their skin…. The
RFID capsules would be linked to a computerized database being created by the US Department
of Health to store and manage the nation's health records.