Medical Privacy
AAPS Asks Court to Protect Patient Medical Records
AAPS Asks Court to Protect Patient Medical Records
On Monday July 13, 2015, AAPS filed an amicus brief asking the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling allowing patient medical records be turned over to the federal government without a warrant. Click here for PDF of full brief. Without a warrant and without initially identifying themselves, federal agents searched patient medical records in an office of Dallas-area physicians, based merely on a state administrative subpoena. A month later the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), based on representations by one of those federal agents, sought to enforce an administrative subpoena demanding production of records... read more
AAPS Public Comments on Interoperability Roadmap
On April 3, 2015 AAPS submitted the below comments to the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) in opposition to the proposed National Patient Tracking System, which will interlink patients’ private medical information and tie the hands of doctors and clinicians around the country, according to the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (“AAPS”), founded in 1943, is a nonprofit membership organization devoted to protecting the practice of private, ethical medicine for the good of patients. Our motto is “omnia pro aegroto,” which means “all for the patient.” We represent... read more
AAPS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby
AAPS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby
On January 28, 2013 AAPS along with Citizens' Council for Health Freedom and individual physicians filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against mandates in the Affordable Care Act. The brief reads in part: The founders of the United States of America (the “Founders”) understood that if the government had the power to carve out even a modest exception to particular freedoms, including religious freedom, then everyone’s freedoms would be at risk. Fearing encroachment upon their newly won freedoms, the Founders drafted and ratified a Constitution that dispersed and... read more
HHS’ Own Security Concerns about HealthCare.gov
HHS’ Own Security Concerns about HealthCare.gov
Hearing Description: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee met to question security experts from Health and Human Services about the integrity of the website, Healthcare.gov. There have been no successful malicious attacks and only a handful of instances where personal information was accidentally disclosed. Hearing Date: January 16, 2014 Hearing Summary: Prepared for AAPS by the Market Institute The Oversight and Government Reform committee recently met to question representatives from Health and Human Services’ security team to ascertain how secure citizens’ private data is. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in his opening statement it was the committee and Congress’ responsibility... read more
Affordable Care Act Destroys Privacy, explains Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Twila Brase
Affordable Care Act Destroys Privacy, explains Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Patient privacy is under assault from a series of federal laws, culminating in the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”), writes patient advocate Twila Brase, R.N., in the winter 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Brase is president and cofounder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. Brase emphasizes that “he who holds the data makes the rules.” The push toward electronic medical records is designed to funnel vast amounts of patients’ formerly confidential information into a huge network of private and governmental entities. Under the “Privacy Rule” of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act... read more
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