The new rules only require "notification" that your records will be disclosed.
Some say the solution is to roll back the regulations to the rules proposed last year - that allowed a semblance of patient consent.
But we don't think that's the solution either. Under those rules, if you refused to sign the consent, your doctor could be forced to withhold treatment, or be prosecuted for treating you without the government consent form.
That's not consent - that's coercion!
AAPS has been working since 1996 to stop these terrible regulations. We've filed lawsuits and are trying to repeal them in Congress. Rep. Ron Paul, a doctor and member of AAPS, has introduced a bill that would do just that, and shut down government plans for a national "patient i.d." and government database of all medical records.
But in the meantime, they go into effect in April 2003. The only guaranteed way to protect your privacy is to ask your doctor to become a "non-covered" entity under HIPAA.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO:TALK TO YOUR DOCTORS
PETITION & "MIRANDA" AD
SUPPORT DR. PAUL'S BILL
How your medical record can be used: like it or not. Model Patient Privacy Form drafted by the Arizona Medical Association.
Download the Model Patient Privacy Advisory - Web Version
Download the Model Patient Privacy Advisory - PDF Version
Give the "Stop HIPAA" postcard to your doctor, dentist, chiropractor and others (Requires Adobe Acrobat)