Dear AAPS Action Team:
Please contact your Representative.
(Find your Representative www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml)
(Congressional Switchboard- 202-224-3121) and ask him to support H.R. 2630 “Protect Patients and Physicians Privacy Act.”
H.R. 2630 grants individuals the ability to opt out of any federally mandated, created, or funded electronic system for maintaining medical information.
It repeals the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to adopt standards for the creation of a unique health identifier.
It prohibits the use of federal funds to support, encourage, or otherwise promote the use of standard unique health identifiers in any federal, state or private health care plan.
It requires informed consent for the sharing from electronic medical records of any information created pursuant to a federally mandated, created or funded program.
It prohibits health information from an individual medical record from being placed in a federally mandated, created, or funded electronic system of health information, absent a signed, informed consent from the patient involved.
It states that the federal government may not require a health care provider to participate in any federally mandated, created, or funded electronic system of maintaining health care information.
It also prohibits sanctions against a health care provider for failing to participate in such a system.
Michael D. Ostrolenk, MA, MFT
Director of Government Affairs