Medical Tuesday Blog
HIPAA – The Grand Deception
HIPAA does not protect health privacy
State Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) have been created to share your medical records statewide and in the National Health Information Network, now called eHealth Exchange.
2.2 million entities (600,000 health care providers and 1.5 million business associates) can access your private medical records without your consent.
The government has broad access to your medical records unless a stronger state law exists. HIPAA allows state laws to limit sharing and require consent.
Interoperable computerized medical records allow your data to be shared by health insurers, government officials, the data industry and others.
NOTE: Signing the HIPAA form does not provide you with any privacy or consent rights, but your signature could be used against you if you ever declare that your privacy rights have been violated. Clinics and hospitals could use your signature to argue that you knew your information could be shared.
Take action to protect your health privacy:
Refuse to sign HIPAA acknowledgment forms.
Ask your state lawmakers to pass legislation that protects you from HIPAA and protects your private medical records from being accessed by the government and others without your voluntary informed written consent.
* Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH, 2009)
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