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  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Øbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • Fort Hood opens debate about secrecy of medical records

    04/08/2014 4:26:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kristina Wong
    Army officials say one thing that could have helped prevent last week’s shooting at Fort Hood is better information sharing with commanders about the mental and behavioral health histories of incoming soldiers.The shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, had arrived at Fort Hood, Texas, in February after being stationed for four years at Fort Bliss, Texas. By the time of his transfer, Lopez had a history of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, and was prescribed a number of prescription drugs, including Ambien. But receiving commanders at Fort Hood would not have been privy to Lopez’s health history.“Here's the biggest...
  • Protect Privacy or Accept Government Control

    03/06/2014 5:12:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    He who holds the data makes the rules. If you haven't figured this out, it's almost too late. Obama knows it. In 2009, his team mandated electronic medical records and $27 billion to make it happen as a "foundation" for health care reform. If you wonder whether medical privacy is important, check out Minnesota, where the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Democrat-controlled legislature plan to eliminate all medical privacy rights. Bills being fast-tracked include: GENETIC GRAB: Repeal of hard-won parent consent requirements for government storage, use, and sharing of Baby DNA and newborn (genetic) screening test results for...
  • New Ruling Means Patients Can Access Their Own Lab Results

    02/04/2014 7:20:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Medscape ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Marcia Frellick
    A final ruling issued February 3 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will give patients direct access to their laboratory results instead of having to get them through a doctor's office. "The right to access personal health information is a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release. "Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their health care professionals, and adhere to important treatment plans." Patients or someone a patient designates can still ask for...
  • Rep. Barton: Obamacare 'Running Over' Privacy Rights

    10/26/2013 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Wanda Carruthers
    Rep. Joe Barton accused the Obama administration Friday of "running over" the privacy rights of individuals by using hidden codes in the HealthCare.gov website. "The Obama administration is hiding that they're running over your privacy rights," the Texas Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "The law, specifically designed to protect your medical privacy, HIPAA, in my mind is being violated under this law," he added, referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Texas Republican made the same charge at Thursday's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the problems with the Obamacare enrollment website, which requests...
  • ObamaCare website conceals the fact that applicants have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”

    10/17/2013 11:12:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/17/13 | Doug Book
    The Weekly Standard has revealed yet another reason to mistrust the Affordable Care Act and the intentions of its authors. On October 1st, the Healthcare.gov website proudly announced that “Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Here.” What the site did NOT proudly announce is the following: “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any...
  • (Massive) Privacy Breaches in VA Health Records Wound Veterans

    10/12/2013 8:38:22 PM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Carl Prine
    Karen Santoro heard co-workers chattering about her psychological care in 2010. An Air Force veteran and surgical services scheduler at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland, Santoro asked officials with the VA and the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the source of the gossip. It seemed to violate the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, that prohibits release of medical information. SNIP A two-month Tribune-Review investigation found VA workers or contractors committed 14,215 privacy violations at 167 facilities from 2010 through May 31, victimizing at least 101,018 veterans and 551 VA employees. Photos...
  • Program Integrity: Exchange, SHOP, and Eligibility Appeals (Obamacare and HIPAA)

    HHS has given itself the flexibility to impose a different standard because the agency realized that current HIPAA-approved transaction used to communicate payment-related information will not provide the necessary information for the risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors programs. Therefore, other standards are available to HHS for certain transactions, and indeed HHS adopts a non-HIPAA standard to solve the above-mentioned problem via the final rule’s preamble.[14]
  • John McAfee On Obamacare: “This Is A Hacker’s Wet Dream”

    10/05/2013 11:01:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/5/03 | Michael D. Shaw
    The man whose name is synonymous with computer security shreds Obamacare’s web strategy. The very worst kind of identity theft is medical identity theft, but when you also combine this with all sorts of additional...
  • Obamacare: telling doctor NOT to share info with government

    08/01/2013 6:32:02 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 29 replies
    self | 8/1/13 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FReepers. I have a doctor appointment coming up soon. When I fill out the form that asks with whom the doctor's office is allowed to share my personal health information, I want to make it quite clear that none of my personal health information is to be shared with any government agency/organization or any representative of same. Was wondering if any of you have had experience with doing this, and what you wrote on the form or told your doctor.
  • Forbidden Topics In Health Care–Part One

    07/31/2013 9:03:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/31/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The official line on health care, which pervades not only the mainstream, but also much of the alternative media is this: The most important thing is that we all receive the best care, and that someone else pays for it… 1. What IS the “best care”? While what constitutes the best of anything is largely subjective, most of us agree, at least in generic terms, that certain things are better than others. Moreover, limited by our budget, we usually have the opportunity to make such choices–unencumbered by third parties. No doubt, plenty of misinformation circulates regarding whatever we are interested...
  • Healthcare privacy law guarantees anything BUT privacy

    06/20/2013 8:27:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/20/13 | Douglas H. Book
    Few people realize that the HIPAA “privacy” form shoved under the nose of every individual visiting a hospital or doctor’s office has NOTHING whatever to do with the preservation of patient privacy. Nor does it mean that patient consent will be required before a provider may share their records. On the contrary, signing the form simply means the patient has been advised that his most private medical (and other) information may be legally accessed by some 2.2 million entities, many having nothing to do with either health or treatment. In 2009, the federal government modified the HIPAA “privacy rule” so...
  • GOA Submits Comments Opposing Backdoor Gun Control Efforts by Health And Human Services

    06/08/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | June 7, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    As a Second Amendment organization representing 375,000 members, we are writing to express our concern over Health And Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule that was printed in the April 23rd, 2013 issue of the Federal Register. These regulations would, by executive fiat, waive all federal privacy laws and encourage doctors to report their patients to the FBI. Please understand a couple of things: First, the standard which a doctor would use to turn in a patient is embodied in Clinton-era ATF language and in the anti-gun Veterans Disarmament Act of 2007. Specifically, a doctor would report a patient if he...
  • IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records

    05/15/2013 7:30:24 AM PDT · by Lacey · 112 replies
    Healthcare IT News ^ | 05/15/2013 | Erin McCann
    he Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data. "This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power...
  • Read Toomey/Manchin Gun "Compromise" And OPPOSE IT!

    04/10/2013 7:23:07 PM PDT · by forty_years · 19 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | April 10, 2013 | netWMD Staff
    Senators Joe Manchin (R) and Pat Toomey (D) today announced a so-called "compromise" bill/amendment which they claim would increase gun safety through improving "background checks," but is in truth a flawed piece of legislation, WHICH IS WHY YOU SHOULD ACT NOW TO STOP THE MEASURE (or click here for more options). The title of their bill is Orwellian: "The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act." It is double-speak, as their measure infringes on the Second Amendment -- it doesn't "protect" anything. It will in fact push the U.S. towards the establishment of a national gun registry, the eventual...
  • Senator Toomey Betrays Gun Owners [ACT NOW!]

    04/10/2013 4:37:40 PM PDT · by forty_years · 99 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | April 10, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Urgent action required. It is urgent that every gun owner call their Senators today and demand that they oppose the "See a Shrink, Lose your Guns" sell-out bill that is being authored by Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Joe Manchin (D) - but which also has Chuck Schumer's fingerprints all over it. Call senators immediately at 202-224-3121 and click here to send pre-written or free-form emails to senators about the Toomey/Manchin "compromise" (scroll to bottom to send).See a Shrink, Lose your Guns. The anti-gun "ranters" have spent the last week telling us that Republican Senators can't filibuster Harry Reid's gun...
  • A Form of Gun Confiscation Has Reportedly Begun in New York State

    04/09/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT · by rmlew · 90 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 9, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Despite promises from the president and a host of other politicians who are pushing for more gun control that nobody is coming for your guns, the confiscation of guns and gun permits has apparently started in some form in New York State. One attorney representing several people who have been forced to surrender their guns spoke with TheBlaze and alerted us to some disturbing facts: Gun owners are losing their 2nd Amendment rights without due process.HIPAA Laws are likely being compromised and the 4th and 5th Amendments are being violated in some of these cases How did confiscation start happening...
  • Cook Co. To Begin Posting Photos Of Unclaimed Bodies Online

    03/07/2013 3:06:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/ ^ | March 7, 2013 | Craig Wall
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -For the first time, the Cook County medical examiner's office has posted photos of unclaimed bodies on their website in an effort to help identify them. The program is generating some controversy because of the graphic images, but for the sake of people missing loved ones, this is a decision where the medical examiner believes the ends justify the means.
  • Preexisting Condition Covered Under HIPAA???

    03/20/2010 8:36:59 PM PDT · by Letmebclear · 12 replies · 588+ views
    Fact Sheet The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration December 2004 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) offers protections for millions of American workers that improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage. HIPAA Protects Workers And Their Families By Limiting exclusions for preexisting medical conditions (known as preexisting conditions). Providing credit against maximum preexisting condition exclusion periods for prior health coverage and a process for providing certificates showing periods of prior coverage to a new group health plan or health insurance issuer. Providing new rights that allow individuals...
  • Mandated health insurance threatens freedom, privacy

    10/24/2009 12:20:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies · 697+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 23, 2009 | Sue A. Blevins
    When it comes to health care legislation, the devil is in the details. Despite what politicians and interest groups are saying, details in current bills compromise both patient choice and medical privacy. The leading House bill (H.R. 3200), for instance, forces all Americans to buy "acceptable" health insurance. According to the bill, the federal government -- always guided by special interests -- will decide what that means. People who prefer to carry catastrophic insurance only, for instance, will lose that freedom and will be forced to buy much more comprehensive -- and expensive -- coverage for services they don't want....
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Your Forearm, Please

    08/01/2009 9:00:13 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 1,550+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 7/31/09 | Robert Wenzel
    "They" will also decide when healthcare is mandatory. A surgeon writes to Lew Rockwell: I am a surgeon in the Baltimore area. My main hospital decided to run a “Swine Flu Drill” for the employees and doctors over the last 2 days. Apparently, the general public was excluded because only hospital workers get swine flu. I am sure that the ability to coerce employees had nothing to do with it. All entrances were blocked by security and tables were set up with 3 nurses. People lined up and answered embarassing private questions regarding bowel habits and the like. They then...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Stimulus Act

    07/14/2009 9:12:36 AM PDT · by newheart · 10 replies · 891+ views
    A registered nurse in Durham, N.H., has filed a civil suit against three officials of the Obama Administration alleging the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's health information technology provisions unconstitutionally violate the HIPAA privacy rule, Privacy Act and Federal Common Law.
  • New York State Draws Nearer to Collecting DNA in All Crimes

    05/04/2006 8:44:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies · 1,056+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2006 | DIANE CARDWELL
    A push to require all convicted criminals in New York to submit their DNA to a central database is gaining crucial support in Albany, where officials say it could create the most comprehensive DNA collection system in the nation. If the proposal becomes law, it would make New York the only state to require collecting DNA from everyone convicted of felonies and misdemeanors, including youthful offenders convicted in criminal court, officials said. Currently, 43 states require that people convicted of all felonies submit DNA, but none require samples from those convicted of all misdemeanors, and New York has required those...
  • Palm Beach woman sues Walgreens over insulting comments on prescription

    03/08/2006 2:30:35 PM PST · by indcons · 177 replies · 3,595+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 8 2006 | Missy Stoddard
    For years, Janey Karp has battled depression and anxiety with the help of prescription drugs. Though millions of Americans do the same, Karp admits she is intensely private and can't help but feel stigmatized for needing medication to feel normal. So when the 53-year-old Palm Beach resident read the Walgreens printout attached to her prescription last week for the sleep aid Ambien, she couldn't believe her eyes. Typed in a field reserved for patient information and dated March 17, 2005, was "CrAzY!!" In another field, dated Sept. 30, 2004, it read: "She's really a psycho!!! Do not say her name...
  • MSM wanted white house to leak doctor/patient information (Vanity)

    02/14/2006 6:43:55 PM PST · by johnmecainrino · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Febuary 14, 2006
    The MSM is incompetent. They don't understand privacy laws at all. They wanted Scott to be the first to report the heart attack at the press breifing. They don't understand how a hospital works or privacy laws for a patient. Damn the whitehouse for not highlighting the incompetence over the MSM over this. David Gregory would have blamed the white house for breaking privacy laws if Scott had been the first to release this. But since he didn't release it they are blaming him for this too. Would you like it if a white house press secretary reported someone in...
  • Two fired over Hinckley e-mail

    01/28/2006 3:57:10 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies · 889+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/28/2006 | Carey Hamilton
    Intermountain Healthcare has fired two employees at Cottonwood Hospital in Murray after news media reportedly were alerted to the medical condition of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley through an e-mail. The 95-year-old president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints underwent surgery at LDS Hospital to remove a cancerous growth earlier this week. He was recovering on schedule and doctors were pleased with his progress, church spokesman Dale Bills said Friday on the faith's Web site, lds.org. Aryn Nelson, a gastroenterologist technician, said she was terminated on Wednesday because she had given her log-in information to a...
  • Illinois Company refuses to cover motorcycle-related injuries (Health Insurance Discrimination!)

    01/21/2006 6:11:19 PM PST · by BlueOneGolf · 126 replies · 2,458+ views
    American Motorcyclist ^ | February 2006 | Bill Kresnak
    Health Care Denied Imagine you went to work one day, and your boss handed you a memo that said your employer, to protect the benefits of “responsible” employees, would no longer cover motorcycle-related injuries under the company’s health insurance? Plus, the company wouldn’t make good on its employee life insurance policy if you were killed in a motorcycle crash. You’d still be covered if you did almost anything else: bungee jumping, skydiving, scuba diving, skiing. Just not on your motorcycle. Outrageous? We think so. But that’s exactly what happened this summer to hundreds of workers at the American Coal...
  • Drug Records, Confidential Data Vulnerable (Harvard)

    01/22/2005 2:36:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 351+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | January 21, 2005 | J. HALE RUSSELL and ELISABETH S. THEODORE
    The confidential drug purchase histories of many Harvard students and employees have been available for months to any internet user, as have the e-mail addresses of high-profile undergraduates whose contact information the University legally must conceal, a Crimson investigation has found. Administrators shut down a Harvard website contributing to the breach minutes after The Crimson demonstrated the problem yesterday afternoon. But at press time, sensitive data—including the drug histories of those insured by the University—remained vulnerable to anyone who obtains a student or professor’s non-confidential Harvard ID number. The now-disabled Harvard website, iCommons Poll Tool, required nothing more than a...
  • Your Patients Deserve Privacy and That Includes Ex--Presidents

    09/16/2004 10:18:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 8 replies · 373+ views
    HIPAA Wire ^ | September 15, 2004 | Email subscription
    NEW YORK (HIPAA Wire) Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center suspended 17 workers Sept. 10 for trying to snoop into Bill Clinton's medical files, the Daily News reported. A doctor, several supervisors and a lab technician were among those disciplined for attempting to violate Clinton's privacy, said Jennifer Cunningham, executive VP of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. Twelve of those suspended belong to the union. Cunningham called the incident "highly regrettable and unprofessional." The workers were caught after they tried to sneak into Clinton's file using their computer passwords. However, hospital spokesperson Myrna Manners confirmed that no employees have...
  • How Patients Can Use the New Access to Their Medical Records

    05/12/2004 11:04:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 326+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 11, 2004 | MARY DUENWALD
    At one time, polite people never asked to look at their own medical records. To do so would indicate a lack of trust in your physician. Besides, doctors were so resistant to the practice that getting hold of your records could require a subpoena. But that way of thinking is a relic of old-fashioned medicine, as out of date as the house call and the black medical bag. Since last April, federal law has required that doctors, clinics and hospitals provide patients with access to their records on demand. As it turns out, many people want to see them, and...
  • The Economy Bomb - Ticking Down Faster

    05/11/2004 7:09:17 AM PDT · by Action-America · 97 replies · 1,597+ views
    Action America ^ | May 10, 2004 | John Gaver
    The Economy BombTicking Down FasterMore proof that legislative attacks upon the wealthiest 1% of Americans could soon wreck our economy. May 10, 2004 by John Gaver Publishers note: To reflect the large amount of relevant new data that has emerged over the last year, we felt that the annual update to our popular Tick-Tick-Tick article deserved a new name. Although this article contains much of what is in that article, the additional volume of new data actually constitutes a significant rewrite. Unfortunately, this means that the Economy Bomb is ticking down faster. Fact: The top-earning 1% of US taxpayers pay...
  • Pets Need Privacy Too

    05/05/2004 7:10:10 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 16 replies · 239+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | May 5, 2004 | staff
    Veterinary hospitals across the nation are applying HIPAA’s privacy rules to their patients, the Macon Telegraph reports. The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine refuses to release information about patients’ medical condition or allow photographs to be taken of the animals without their owners’ consent. "It’s like a human hospital," explains LaDon Wallis, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s veterinary school, who continues to work at its animal hospital. "It’s a hospital. It’s not just this place where animals are having a field day like a park. People should respect that," he argues. Sue Gray, records administrator at...
  • Clinton Backs Bill To Protect Offshored Information

    04/21/2004 11:12:44 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies · 182+ views
    email subscription | April 21, 2004 | Medical Newswire
    Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), along with other outsourcing opposers, are pushing legislation that make U.S. companies liable if a foreign subcontractor violates American privacy laws, the Times Union reports. The bill would also demand that U.S. businesses, including physicians and hospitals, gain consent from their consumers before shipping their private data overseas if the Federal Trade Commission determines that the destination does not have adequate privacy laws. "It’s an atomic invasion of privacy when consumer information is shipped overseas. There are not the consumer privacy safeguards that there are in this country," said Nelson, who...
  • Missing Woman's Family Says HIPAA Rules Blocking Search

    03/22/2004 8:49:02 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 182+ views
    Missing Woman's Family Says HIPAA Rules Blocking Search 38-Year-Old Woman Missing For Months POSTED: 5:20 pm CST March 22, 2004 UPDATED: 9:13 pm CST March 22, 2004 LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A Lawrence couple searching for their missing daughter says the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is blocking them from important information that could help them find their daughter, KMBC's Emily Aylward reported. HIPAA is the law that keeps patients' medical records private. The bill was introduced in 1996, but wasn't strictly enforced until 2003. Marilyn Anderson and her husband have been searching for their 38-year-old daughter since she...
  • Prosecutors Can Examine Limbaugh Records

    12/23/2003 7:42:00 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 409 replies · 653+ views
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Prosecutors can examine Rush Limbaugh's medical records to determine whether he should be charged with "doctor shopping" for prescription painkillers, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff denied the conservative commentator's request to keep the records sealed. Limbaugh's attorneys had argued that the seizure of the records from doctors in Florida and California violated the radio host's privacy. Investigators obtained the records last month after discovering that Limbaugh received more than 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors, at a pharmacy near his $24 million Palm Beach mansion. Doctor shopping refers...
  • HIPAA and Individual Rights

    04/30/2003 9:49:52 AM PDT · by HDCochran · 7 replies · 266+ views
    self
    I know that HIPAA requires compliance from health providers and health insurance providers. It requires them to request that WE sign away our control over the privacy of our personal health records. It requires the establishment of a national database of health information about each of us and requires providers to share that data with others especially with government agencies for "official government purposes." It requires that the national database of individuals' health information be readily linked with the existing national database of individuals' financial records through the Social Security Number. Somehow I just won't feel comfortable when President Hillary!...
  • Medical Privacy Madness

    10/24/2003 12:34:56 PM PDT · by friendly · 4 replies · 211+ views
    Overlawyered ^ | 10/23/03 | Walter Olson
    HIPAA, the stringent new federal medical-privacy law, took effect in April, and soon had what may be some rather drastic unintended consequences in the town of Craig, Colo.: "To protect the privacy of those needing medical help, 911 dispatchers stopped mentioning residents' names in radio calls to emergency response teams. That made it more difficult for the teams to find addresses," which critics charge may have contributed to the death of a local heart attack victim. Moreover, thousands of doctors "have stopped sending out appointment-reminder postcards, figuring the cards could be read by someone other than the patient. Some doctors...
  • H.I.P.A.A.

    05/29/2003 4:48:55 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 39 replies · 409+ views
    NewsWithViews ^ | May 29, 2003 | Derry Brownfield
    Whether you know it or not you now have a medical identification number. I just received a copy of an in-house memo from an employer concerning HIPAA Compliance. It states, "Attached is a privacy notice that (name of company) is required to provide to you based upon a new health privacy law entitled the (print following in bold) Health Insurance Portabality and Accountability Act or HIPAA for short. If you have acquired medical services or filled a prescription in the past two days, you have probably been given a similar notice by the provider. You do not need to take...
  • HIPAA Basics: Medical Privacy

    05/07/2003 7:00:42 AM PDT · by Tares · 1 replies · 170+ views
    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse ^ | April 2003 | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 to set a national standard for electronic transfers of health data. At the same time, Congress saw the need to address growing public concern about privacy and security of personal health data. The task of writing rules on privacy eventually fell to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). After several modifications, DHHS issued the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule is effective on April 14, 2003, for most health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses. Small plans have until April 14,...
  • Government Health ID

    04/16/2003 7:37:18 AM PDT · by dljordan · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute e-Alert, 4/14/2003 Orwell Redux If you're a U.S. citizen, as of today you now have a medical identification number. Some will tell you that your new ID number helps protect your privacy. And while to some extent it does, the protections are largely superficial. The disturbing truth is that your medical privacy is now beyond your control. Just sign here... The next time you visit your doctor, you may notice some changes. For instance, you might see privacy screens placed around the edges of computer monitors to prevent someone from glancing at your personal medical...
  • Medical Privacy nightmare

    04/16/2003 10:38:10 AM PDT · by GB · 31 replies · 386+ views
    Me
    Excuse the vanity, but I had to take my kid to the pediatrician today, then had to go to the pharmacy, and I had my first direct experience with the new medical privacy regulations known as HIPAA. I didn't have to fill out that many forms and answer that many questions to mortgage a house. And all the stuff they were doing ... hoods over the computers lest any nosy person see any private info, marking out names with a huge black marker on the signout sheet lest any nosy person see anyone else's name, a "wall" that no one...
  • [Minnesota] MN Health Department Can Collect Medical Records, Judge Rules [Federal HIPAA Privacy]

    12/05/2002 5:43:44 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Medical Newswire - HIPAA ^ | December 5, 2002 | Associated Press
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (HIPAA Wire) A Minnesota state judge ruled Dec. 1 to permit the state’s Health Department to collect medical records on almost every state citizen, according to the Associated Press. Administrative law judge Allan Klein agreed with the Minnesota Health Department that collecting medical data would aid researchers who study disease clusters throughout the state, a decision that came as a shock to groups who feel the ruling means patient privacy in the state has hit a brick wall. But an official with the Health Department said the risk to patient privacy is minimal compared to the benefits...