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August 29, 2012

  • President's Commentary
  • Cash Infusion for "Federal Takeover Centers"
  • Hospitals Become Insurers
  • Doctors Burning Out
  • SCOTUS Petitioned in Medicare Lawsuit
  • Federal "Superbug" Hypocrisy 
  • FluSafe: MN's Coercive Campaign
  • Stats of the Week
  • News Release of the Week
  • Featured Health Freedom Minute




 

President's Commentary

Your data will be used against you. The American public is concerned about medical privacy, but I'd like to tell you why you should be alarmed. This post is longer than usual but I hope it's eye-opening to the point of active engagement. First, remember this: "He who holds the data makes the rules." Currently, that's not you.

It all began with HillaryCare. The failed  1993 legislation sought to establish a national health information system "by which the [National Health] Board shall collect, report, and regulate the collection and dissemination of the health care information..." (Sec. 5101). The Clinton Health Security Act would also have required the Board to "oversee the establishment of an electronic data network consisting of regional centers that collect, compile, and transmit information." The Board had to "establish a system to provide for a unique identifier number for each -- (1) eligible individual; (2) employer; (3) health plan; and (4) health care provider. And a "health security card" was to be issued "only for the purpose of providing or assisting the eligible individual in obtaining an item or service that is covered..." No card? No care?

It failed, so why even discuss HillaryCare? Because in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandated the creation of unique IDs for individuals, employers, doctors/hospitals and health insurers. Only the patient ID number is not created but they are working toward it. See our recent  report. HIPAA eliminated long-established legal patient consent requirements for the sharing and use of private medical records. Thus, we now have the HIPAA "NO-privacy" rule.

G.W. issued an Executive Order. On April 23, 2004, President George W. Bush issued an executive order to build a national health information network (NHIN or NwHIN). As Wikipedia  reports, "The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology [ONC] has been facilitating development of the NwHIN, which will tie together health information exchanges, integrated delivery networks, pharmacies, government, labs, providers, payors and other stakeholders [e.g. government] into a 'network of networks.'"

Then came HITECH. President Obama turned Bush's order into a federal law in the 2009 Recovery Act ("stimulus"), which includes a section called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The HITECH Act gives $27 billion -- some say  up to $36.5B --  to build the NHIN by providing millions of dollars to doctors and hospitals to install interoperable (online) computerized medical records and to States to build Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). HITECH  penalizes doctors that refuse to use computerized linkable patient records  "meaningfully" by January 1, 2015 (Sec. 4101). 

HIEs link clinics, hospitals and government. To connect the state-based HIEs together, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free "NHIN software." Daniel Lieberman, a software security consultant recently warned,  "a U.S. national HIE network will be the death of patient privacy." Among other things...

Continue Reading ...

Now on to the news. . .




News to Know:

Cash Infusion for "Federal Takeover Centers"

On August 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services almost doubled the $1 billion it had previously doled out to states to build federally-controlled, state-based government health insurance exchanges -- the "centerpiece" and "cornerstone" and "lynchpin" of Obamacare. The Exchanges have also been called the "heart of health reform." HHS just awarded more than  $765 million to 8 states. HHS also announced that there are 10 more funding opportunities between now and 2014. Obamacare does not cap the Exchange appropriation. Apparently money can just be printed. At least  75 contracts have been awarded nationally to implement Obamacare with 40 to 45 of them specific to setting up the Exchanges. NOTE:  28 states are still refusing even if they got the money. The  clickable "HIX Map of Money."



Hospitals Become Insurers

Obamacare is turning hospitals into insurance companies.  Healthcare IT News reports plainly: "For hospitals looking to transform into accountable care organization (ACOS), the transition can be overwhelming. So much so...that it's basically like becoming a  mini insurance company." A health information technology company CEO continues, "Right now, hospitals and doctors are paid on a fee-for-service model" but under the ACO, "We're going to pay you to take care of the overall health of this population...And so, I don't care how you swipe it...you're asking hospitals and doctors to take on risk and share in that risk...It sounds a lot to me like they're being asked to become truly managed care organizations, or more like health insurance companies." The ACO is an Obamacare invention, and has been called an "HMO on steroids."

Doctors Burning Out

Almost half of all doctors (46%) show signs of burnout. This is the surprising result of a study released last Tuesday. Doctors may quit, reduce their work load, or seek early retirement: "The issue may get worse as 32 million Americans are expected to get health insurance by 2014 under a new U.S. law," according to one news article. Burnout in these 7,288 physicians was  10 percent higher than in the general population. Third party payment is to blame. "Doctors have been increasing the number of patients they see to make up for reduced reimbursement from health insurers and the government" and "Physicians in private practice are also dealing with more bureaucracy, such as a push by the government to implement electronic medical records." Time for cash-based practices to emerge.

SCOTUS Petitioned in Medicare Lawsuit

On Friday, the Fund for Personal Liberty mailed their  petition for a hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The  plaintiffs seek to freely access Social Security benefits without enrollment in Medicare. Currently, the federal government deprives citizens of their rightful earnings if they refuse to stay in Medicare Part A (into which they are automatically enrolled at age 65). This made-up requirement is written in the Procedure Operations Manual (POMS). A district court judge stated the following, "Plaintiffs are trapped in a government program intended for their benefit. They disagree and wish to escape. The Court can find no loophole or requirement that the Secretary provide such a pathway." This very important case must be won. Plaintiffs include former U.S. House Majority Leader, Dick Armey.

Federal "Superbug" Hypocrisy

This story takes the cake. State and federal health departments demand 24/7 infectious disease reporting to protect the American public. Check out the  CDC's 24/7 BioSense program. But last June, a "superbug" went on a rampage at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. It was untreatable by nearly every antibiotic, infected 17 gravely ill people and  killed six of them. The NIH never told the public, and for a long time did not notify the state health department. The dire situation was revealed in a scientific study last week. Two patients remain hospitalized with the infection. 

The Center downplayed the superbug as "too common to be noteworthy." Meanwhile the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) built walls, bleached respirators, hired room monitors to impose strict controls, threw away blood pressure cuffs after each use, and tore out the plumbing. The Center turned away surgical patients, but did not issue a public warning. The NIH eventually contacted the state health department to ask for advice on stopping the superbug -- nearly 6 months after it began. The County Council President, Roger Berliner,  said NIH should be required to notify the county. Indeed.

FluSafe: MN's Coercive Campaign

The Minnesota Department of Health is pressuring hospitals to get their staff 100% vaccinated with flu vaccine. Yet MDH has admitted that vaccine  doesn't match the flu virus 41% of the time. The  FluSafe website puts the coercive campaign on display with the following statements:

  • FluSafe is visible - "FluSafe offers an opportunity for your facility to be recognized for achieving employee influenza vaccination rates of 70, 80 or 90 percent....You'll be acknowledged in a statewide news release and will receive a certificate...to demonstrate your commitment to patient safety." [...]
  • FluSafe supports e-Health standards. - "FluSafe will use the statewide immunization registry, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) to measure flu vaccination rates of health care employees. Using immunization registries is integral to the.... [federal "stimulus" HITECH law's] "meaningful use" objectives for hospitals. FluSafe is an easy way for nursing homes to start utilizing MIIC in their facilities as well."

Thus MDH will add all adult vaccinations into what used to be a registry for child vaccinations. No law authorizes the registry. No law requires a doctor to submit private data to the State. Share your stories on asking your doctor to not submit any vaccine data...and if you're a staff member, on refusing vaccination. Email: info@cchfreedom.org. The flyer below: distributed at the Minnesota State Fair will create fear and worry about hospital safety.





Stats of the Week:

25% - amount of hospital-employed specialists at hospitals in 2012.
5% - amount of hospital-employed specialists at hospitals in 2000.

$40 trillion - unfunded obligations in Medicare and Social Security.
$200,000 - cost per person of unfunded Medicare and SS obligations.
10,000 - number of Americans entering Medicare every day.

$149,000 - amount a couple retiring last year paid into Medicare (payroll tax).
$351,000 - amount couple will consume from age 65 to death.
$202,000 - gap between what couple paid and what they'll consume.




News Release of the Week:

Citizen's Council for Health Freedom Says Medicare Needs Replacement, Not Rescue

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Much talk has ensued about Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan regarding his Medicare reform program. While the plan takes important steps toward fixing the ills of an expensive, unfunded liability, the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom says an exit path to move away from Medicare completely to a more efficient, effective and individually maintained plan is necessary to meet the care and coverage needs of the coming generations of seniors.

The Ryan plan proposes repealing Obamacare and its rationing board, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). However, it proposes the implementation of a government "exchange for Medicare plans" which would act very much like the exchanges in the Affordable Care Act, with many of the same cost and privacy intrusion pitfalls. Continue reading




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

EMRs Obscure Key Facts Needed for Care

A doctor writing in a medical journal says the long copy and paste notes of computerized medical records obscure key facts of care. Often the entire hospitalization history is written into every note every day, making each successive note longer and more difficult to read. Continue reading

Twila Brase broadcasts a daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which brings health care issues to light for the American public. Health Freedom Minute airs on the entire American Family Radio Network, with more than 150 stations nationwide in addition to Bott Radio Network with over 80 stations nationwide.

Click here to listen to this week's features.

 

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