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  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Patient privacy non-existent; Doctors required to provide all medical records to federal government

    02/13/2014 9:02:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/13/14 | Doug Book
    Over the past 2 decades, Republican and Democrat Administrations have joined forces to require the use by physicians and hospitals of government-certified, interoperable electronic medical records systems, or EMRs. These online record keeping systems will send personal patient information collected by all participating providers directly to the centralized Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, a newly created government agency whose job is making the medical records of the American people “inter-operable–” that is, instantly accessible to any “qualified” agency or agent. For example, if the patient of a New Jersey physician should become the victim of a...
  • Obama still misses the mark: HIPAA prohibits health insurance cancellations

    11/14/2013 1:06:23 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Sara Marie Brenner
    President Obama continues to miss the mark. Federal law already prohibits insurance companies from cancelling policies, and his “fix” is a flop. Millions of insurance policies are being cancelled throughout the country, as reports confirm. Democrats were aware this would happen under the new Obamacare law. However, these millions of insurance policies should never have been cancelled. Federal law prohibits their cancellation. In an interview with The Washington Times, C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance and Obamacare expert in Illinois, explains that the HIPAA law section 2742 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) does not permit these insurance...
  • IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records

    05/15/2013 10:07:47 AM PDT · by porter_knorr · 17 replies
    http://www.healthcareitnews.com ^ | 3/15/2013 | 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...
  • Obama taking action on gun background check system

    04/19/2013 4:55:24 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 23 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 4/19/13 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.
  • Biden Vows Obama Will Use Executive Orders

    04/19/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 86 replies
    Cowboy Bytes ^ | April 19, 2013
    They can’t pass gun control via Congress so they’re going the dictator route. This is not going to go over well. On a conference call with “stakeholders,” Biden told gun control advocates that the fight is not over and that eventual action on gun control will come. Press were not invited to the conference call; a participant provided BuzzFeed with access. “Look I know you’re going to say that I’m just being an optimist and I’m trying to put a good face on this. But you know I’ve been around here a long time and we’ve already done, because of...
  • 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...
  • New data spill shows risk of online health records

    08/21/2011 7:14:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 21, 2011 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see. There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors' notes. Among the files were summaries that spelled out, in painstaking detail, a trucker's crushed fingers, a maintenance worker's broken ribs and one man's bout with sexual dysfunction. At a time of mounting computer hacking threats, the incident offers an alarming glimpse at privacy risks as the nation moves steadily into an era in which every American's sensitive medical information will be digitized.
  • Insurers Dismiss Administration Claims on Pre-Existing Conditions Barrier (Sebelius is a LIAR!)

    01/18/2011 12:20:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/18/2011 | fox news
    House Republicans and members of the health insurance industry are dismissing as a gross overstatement an Obama administration study -- released as debate gets underway to repeal the health care law -- that says as many as half of all Americans under 65 have a pre-existing condition that could threaten their access to health insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services study, released Tuesday, concludes that somewhere between 50 million and 129 million non-elderly Americans have a pre-existing condition -- the kind of condition insurance companies can use to deny coverage. The study further found that 15-30 percent of...
  • Employee Fired for Facebook Posting

    08/03/2010 11:58:53 AM PDT · by Justaham · 9 replies · 9+ views
    <p>One night, while at home, she posted on Facebook that she came face-to-face with a cop killer and hoped he rotted in hell.</p> <p>Note: She posted on FB during her personal time at home on her own computer, and did not discuss the killer's personal and private information. Oh and by the way, the cop killer is African American.</p>
  • Most So-Called Conservatives Are Dead Wrong

    06/20/2010 6:00:36 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 13 replies
    From SeaTto Shining Sea ^ | 6/20/10 | Purple Mountains
    As author Kohlmayer says in the following article, regaining power in order to fix the government will fix nothing. We are in need of a wholesale slashing of government agencies. People sometimes look at me as though I’m crazy, but I’ll say again some things I’ve been saying for years: to improve education and reduce its cost, get rid of the federal Department of Education; to have cheaper and more plentiful domestically produced energy, get rid of the federal Department of Energy; to reduce skyrocketing medical costs, get rid of the federal Department of Heath and Human Services, etc. All...
  • Biden To Announce Almost $1.2B For Medical Records

    08/20/2009 4:36:20 AM PDT · by edpc · 21 replies · 724+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 20 Aug 2009 | Phillip Elliot
    WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday nearly $1.2 billion in grants to help hospitals transition to electronic medical records.
  • Stimulus Law Does Not Require All Americans to Enter Their Medical...Dems Say

    02/18/2009 1:24:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,188+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    (CNSNews.com) – Two top House Democrats told CNSNews.com on Friday that a section in the $787-billion economic stimulus bill that requires the creation of “electronic health records for each person in the United States by 2014” does not mean that the medical records of every American must be included in the new national infrastructure. In the bill, which passed both chambers of Congress on Friday and which President Obama is scheduled to sign Tuesday, $3 billion is allocated for a “National Coordinator for Health Information Technology” to create and meet the objectives of a strategic plan to build a national...
  • Economic stimulus? Feds want your medical records

    01/27/2009 7:48:03 PM PST · by luv2ndamend · 69 replies · 2,312+ views
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com ^ | January 27, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed. Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.
  • Woman tries to save dying man, but gets stuck with bills

    07/09/2007 8:58:19 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 129 replies · 4,211+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Monday, July 09, 2007 | Isadora Vail
    -After county won't test victim's blood for viruses, good samaritan left wondering if she was infected- When Wendy Lee saw a man get hit by a truck that night in May, she had no second thoughts about what she should do. Lee stopped her Suburban to help 64-year-old Juan Vega, who had been trying to cross Williamson County Road 172 near La Frontera in Round Rock when he was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet pickup. Lee said she could see Vega's cowboy boots lying in the road. "I called 911 as I was walking up to him, and they walked...
  • Mall Shooter Had a Plan to Cause Havoc

    05/01/2007 7:07:28 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 146+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 5/1/07 | Purple Mountains
    We have barely begun to cope with the mass killings by Cho at Virginia Tech when another incident involving a mentally ill person jumps out at us. The unintended consequences of different legislation that overprotects ‘rights’ of mentally ill individuals, college students and hospital patients can cause consternation at one end of the spectrum – and multiple deaths at the other. Because of federal legislation, as a college professor I could not discuss a student’s problems with his parents, even if that student evidenced a marked change in behavior or performance. Because of federal and state legislation I could not...
  • Medical identity theft on the rise as health care desperation leads to crime

    09/28/2006 9:33:30 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 6 replies · 577+ views
    NEWS TARGET.COM ^ | September 25, 2006 | Jessica Fraser
    NewsTarget) Although most identity theft cases in the United States involve credit cards and bank accounts, ID thieves are now engaging in medical fraud -- falsely obtaining medical care using someone's stolen identity -- according to today's Los Angeles Times. After surgery on her shoulder last year, Lind Weaver, a 56-year-old retired schoolteacher, was billed for the amputation of her right foot. Refusing to pay the medical bill collectors, Weaver set about trying to prove that the surgery had obviously not been performed on her -- since her foot was intact -- which proved a more difficult task than recovering...
  • Does legal ownership of genes, stem cells go beyond the pale?

    05/07/2006 6:43:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 535+ views
    Paramus Post ^ | 05.06.06 | Scott LaFee
      PATENT OFFENDING In October 1976, an Alaska pipeline engineer named John Moore became seriously, mysteriously ill. Eventually, he found himself at the UCLA Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with a rare, progressive form of blood cancer called hairy cell leukemia.To slow the disease and perhaps save his life, Moore's physician - Dr. David Golde - recommended removing Moore's spleen. The surgery was successful. Moore recovered and eventually returned to Alaska, with instructions to visit Golde for annual checkups.  Over the next eight years, Moore did so. During each visit, Golde would extract samples of Moore's blood, skin,...
  • Today's 'liberals' are anything but liberal

    06/17/2004 8:27:13 AM PDT · by tdadams · 6 replies · 169+ views
    vanity ^ | June 17, 2004 | vanity
    It's time to stop using the word liberal to describe leftists. Liberals today are anything but liberal. To be liberal is to be laissez faire, to be open and accepting of the differences of opinion and lifestyle that others may choose. To be liberal is to embrace liberty and promote maximum freedom and choice. To today's 'liberal' choice is just a euphemism for abortion. They don't embrace choice. They are controlling, hypersensitive, and litigious. They embrace something close to totalitarianism. Today's liberals are certain they know what is best for everyone and only need to apply the right coercive blend...