February 9, 2000
ACTION ALERT! STOP BIG BROTHER
There are only eight more days before the deadline (February 17) to submit your comments on the "privacy" regulations.
To help with the technical details, the Liberty Study Committee has set up a convenient web site. Go to www.StopBigBrother.org , write your comments, "submit," and you're done!
If you have lost previous alerts and our analysis of the regulations, we'll reFAX the package to you: leave us a message at (800) 419-4777. There is also more information at www.aapsonline.org and www.forhealthfreedom.org.
Give your patients a chance to express themselves on this issue, even if they don't want to write comments. Photocopy the form on the next page, and send us the replies. Make enough copies so that patients can keep one. These forms will help us alert patients to the need for future actions.
PATIENT PRIVACY ALERT!!!
DO YOU WANT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS TO BE AN OPEN
The government is about to change the rules about who has access to your medical records.
These new rules will make it easier for a wide range of individuals, government agencies and groups to get your private records.
Here's what your privacy consent form might as well say if these new rules pass:
Name (no signature required)________________________Date______
I claim my constitutional right to privacy, and expressly forbid my physician , and anyone acting under his or her control, from releasing any of my medical records to a third party without my express written consent.
In particular, I decline to consent to the release of my medical records for the purpose of entry into a computer database which may be accessed by third parties outside of the offices or hospitals used by my physician.
Address______________________________________________City_____________________ State____ Zip__________
For more information, call the AAPS Patient Hotline at (800) 419-4777, or go to www.StopBigBrother.org to send an immediate message to Congress or comments to HHS (deadline for public comments to HHS is Feb. 17, 2000).
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is dedicated to protecting the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship
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