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  • I Meet my First Obamacare Commissar

    01/10/2017 5:44:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 10, 2017 | James Lewis
    When ObamaCare was first promulgated, my fine HMO doctor called it quits. MDs who hate the New Medicine talk about it very quietly, if at all, and mostly among themselves. Shutting up the medical profession was the first order of business for the Left establishment, and they were duly scapegoated in the Fakestream Media. 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...
  • New Poll: Doctors Lie To Protect Patient Privacy

    09/12/2016 9:58:26 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    AAPS ^ | orig 2001
    Physicians Almost Unanimous in Opposition to HIPAA 'Privacy' Rules New federal "privacy" rules could actually do more harm to patients than just compromising privacy, according to a national physician organization. A mailed survey of 344 physicians conducted by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) shows almost unanimous opposition to the HHS privacy rules, scheduled for full implementation in 2003. A whopping 96 percent thought the rules would further compromise patient privacy. Some of the other questions provide further clues about the practical effects of the rules. The poll results were disclosed at a news conference today in Washington,...
  • Trump's Weirdo Doctor Uses Windows XP, Which Could Be a Violation of HIPAA

    08/27/2016 8:40:56 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 90 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August 2016 | Matt Novak
    NBC News has a new article about Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein—the guy who claimed that Trump, if elected, would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The dude looks like a character from a bad 70s porno flick, but Deadspin’s Tim Burke spotted something weirder: Dr. Bornstein is using Windows XP. Why does it matter if Dr. Bornstein is using an outdated operating system? Well, it could be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP back in 2014 and HIPAA requires doctors to make...
  • Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security | (05/25/2016 White house decree)

    05/27/2016 11:59:49 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 26 replies ^ | 05/25/2016 | Obama, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
    Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security | (05/25/2016 White house decree) Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security May 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET by Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Lisa O. Monaco Twitter Facebook Email Summary: Today, we are pleased to release the final Data Security Policy Principles and Framework (Security Framework) for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).     “We’re going to make sure that protecting patient privacy is built into our efforts from day one.”     - President Barack Obama, January 30th 2015 The health care system of the future is taking shape right now, and...
  • New Jersey rejects request for dolphin necropsy results, citing "medical privacy"

    01/11/2016 6:36:30 PM PST · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    MuckRock ^ | January 11, 2016 | JPat Brown
    When a dolphin died in New Jersey's South River last year, Carly Sitrin wanted to know what killed it. So she filed a public record request to the NJ Department of Agriculture in order to get the necropsy results. The DOA finally responded last week with the weird decision to deny the release of the record on grounds of medical privacy. The response reads in part: "We are in receipt of your request for information (#W101407) under the auspices of the State’s Open Public Records Act (O.P.R.A.). Specifically, you requested any and all reports associated with the necropsy of the...
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks

    01/06/2016 10:30:32 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 139 replies
    healthcareinfosecurity ^ | 01/06/2016 | Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks HIPAA Privacy Rule Modified for Gun Background Checks But Most Providers Won't Be Affected by the Change Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • January 5, 2016  Jocelyn Samuels, Director of OCR A modification to the HIPAA Privacy Rule designed to help identify those who are prohibited, for specific mental health reasons, from having a firearm will have little impact on most healthcare providers because it's so narrow in scope. See Also: Exploring the Security Requirements for Virtual Machines The change, which is slated to take effect next month, permits only a small...
  • No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private

    10/20/2015 3:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Kathryn Watson
    Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.“If you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If that’s not private, then what is?” Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care...
  • Planned Parenthood Compliance Officer (to tighten up operations?)

    10/13/2015 9:10:21 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 5 replies
    Glassdoor ^ | 10/13/2015 | Glassdoor
    Job Description Company DescriptionPlanned Parenthood of Los Angeles is Los Angeles County's women's and reproductive health care educational and clinical delivery Center of Excellence. PPLA provides the highest quality, most cost-effective services to residents, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. PPLA develops innovative partnerships with public and private insurance companies, provider organizations, and California's health benefit exchange to provide leadership in improving women's and reproductive health outcomes; to ensure and increase patient access; to increase patient satisfaction, by providing patient-centered care that is timely, efficient and equitable; and, to coordinate care that improves clinical, financial, and administrative...
  • Jason Pierre-Paul Lost His Finger. Did ESPN Violate HIPAA By Reporting It?

    07/08/2015 9:21:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/8 | Dan Diamond
    Jason Pierre-Paul, the star defensive end for the NFL’s New York Giants, had one of his fingers amputated on Wednesday, ESPN reported. Specifically, doctors removed Pierre-Paul’s right index finger, which was injured in a fireworks accident on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pierre-Paul’s injury and surgery, which remain shrouded in mystery, have become one of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason — and one of the most high-profile patient data breaches in years. The news of JPP’s injury first broke on Sunday when a hospital worker reportedly told his friend, who then posted the news to Twitter. Rumors...
  • Police officer in Freddie Gray arrest once hospitalized over mental health

    05/01/2015 12:20:17 PM PDT · by don-o · 30 replies
    Ap via Fox ^ | May 1, 2015
    BALTIMORE – The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer in the arrest that led to Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 over mental health concerns for an unknown duration and had his guns confiscated by local sheriff's deputies, according to records from the sheriff's office and court obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Health Information Privacy - extensive patient healthcare data sharing done without any consent.

    01/21/2015 9:40:35 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 6 replies
    patientprivacyrights org ^ | 01/21/2015 | Dr. Peel MD
    This thread is intended to provide awareness that all of our healthcare patient PHI data(personal healthcare information), medical records, prescriptions, etc. is increasingly shared among hundreds of thousands of healthcare entities that are exempt from HIPAA PHI distribution restrictions. You are not permitted to opt out via a consent form. Cash payment for healthcare services is also frequently recorded, as well. This is a 2+ Billion dollar a year business that is largely unregulated. Healthcare records have huge repercussions that can impact an individual's ability to attain employment and insurance. Healthcare records also influence government and law enforcement action. Many...
  • 10 Harmful Ways Gov’t Will Use Your Data

    12/17/2014 8:08:41 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    HIPAA is why there's a new plan to share your data. A 28-page federal document proposes to share your medical records with 37 federal agencies. (See graphic of the week below). The deadline for public comments on this sweeping intrusion is Friday, February 6, 2015. Go here to tell them what you think. Without privacy, you have no control. He who holds the data makes the rules. The Obama administration is gathering your data to seize control of your doctor. The 2009 mandate for every doctor to have electronic health records (EHRs) was considered foundational to imposing Obamacare. Even though...
  • HHS Issues Special HIPAA Bulletin on Ebola Privacy

    11/10/2014 3:57:27 PM PST · by wtd · 7 replies
    Law360 ^ | 11/10/2014 | Erica Teichert
    HHS Issues Special HIPAA Bulletin on EbolaPrivacyLaw360, New York (November 10, 2014, 6:24 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday issued a bulletin reminding health care centers and others about what information can and cannot be disclosed about Ebola patients...
  • 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, Řbamacare]

    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 ^ | 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 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 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, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 []

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views ^ | 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, 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...