Collecting Your Data Through Employer Wellness Programs

Most employers, especially small to medium sized businesses really have their employees’ best interest at heart.  They know that happy and healthy employees are absent from their job less and are more productive.  I have talked to many and truly believe that they have no other agenda than maintaining a healthy workforce, with the side benefit of having lower insurance costs as a result. That being said, it is scary to think that some of these programs are subject to third party data mining without the express consent of the employees.  I see this as a violation of their personal … Continue reading

Is Your Hospital Next?

From the Citizen’s Council for Health Care Freedom e-newsletter:  Hacker attacks using ‘ransomware’ endanger patient lives. Recent attacks on electronic health record (EHR) systems have disabled hospitals full of sick and dying patients. Under this digital extortion scheme, hackers infect EHR systems with malware that locks down hospital computers and then demand Bitcoin ransom payments to decrypt the data. In 2014, ransomware thieves extorted $27 million in just six months. Some IT experts worry ransomware could be the downfall of health care. Hospitals areparticularly vulnerable to these crimes: “Without quick access to drug histories, surgery directives and other information, patient care can get delayed or halted, which … Continue reading

The Future of Health Tracking

From the Citizens Council For Health Care Freedom E-Newsletter: Health ‘apps’ are becoming increasingly common on smartphones. The authors of a study on diabetes ‘apps’ wrote, “This study demonstrated that diabetes apps shared information with third parties, posing privacy risks because there are no federal legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties.” Devices are being incorporated into some medications in addition to wearable or implanted devices that collect and transmit data. NYU ethicist Arthur Caplan asks the question: “Which parties get to watch?” … Continue reading

So You Think HIPAA Protects Your Privacy?…WRONG!

About 20 years ago, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) was passed during the Clinton Administration under the guise of improving standards and enforcement of patient privacy.  The government maintained that people’s personal health information might be at risk because of loose lipped or malicious health care professionals.  They invented a health privacy crisis that, at the time, did not exist.  Remember, there were almost no electronic medical records in 1996, so there was very little out there to be hacked back then.  The government maintained that the time honored Hippocratic Oath that physicians have sworn to uphold for many … Continue reading

Feds Will Soon Sell Your Health Data

This is one more reason we feel good about not being tied to insurance companies or using electronic medical records! From Citizen’s Council For Health Care Freedom: Feds Will Soon Sell Your Health Data A new Obamacare rule allows the sale of data collected from federal health care programs. Organizations with a recent “established patient relationship” can buy data with the person’s name attached. Other groups get only de-identified data (which is not anonymized and may allow reidentification). If health insurers want the federal data, they must submit data on most of their non-government enrollees (employees, children, privately insured) to the data pool. The … Continue reading

The True Value of Time in the Physician/Patient Relationship

This is something we have been saying for years.  It is great to see that it is being studied and proven!  This is a big part of why we are now a Direct Primary Care Practice. From the Citizens Council for Health Care Freedom Blog: The True Value of Time in the Physician/Patient Relationship A study has revealed how longer time spent between physicians and patients directly correlates to a higher level of patient symptom improvement. “The results of this study provide unique preliminary data on the importance of the patient–physician relationship, an ingredient in health care that is often overlooked,” … Continue reading

Can The Patient-Doctor Relationship Be Saved?

The following list of things to think about comes from the website of The Citizens’ Council for Healthcare Freedom.   If you do not like the way you answer the questions, it may be time to do something different.  It may be time to go to a Direct Primary Care physician who works directly with and for you, not the insurance companies.   CITIZENS’ COUNCIL FOR HEALTHCARE FREEDOM Your life will depend on having trusted, skilled advocates in your corner. Patients are often scared, frequently dependent on others for life, and in great need of a sense of safety and … Continue reading

31% of Physicians Want to Retire Early!

The following is taken from the Citizen’s Council for Healthcare Freedom: It is islustrative of what is going on in health care.  Physicians are feeling devalued and bullied.  They cannot practice the way they and their patients feel is right. We believe that the best form of healthcare reform is to have doctors working directly for patients, without government bureaucrats or insurance conglomerates interfering.  With the direct primary care model (DPC), patients get fantastic access to care for a reasonable monthly fee.  Doctors no longer have to deal with the issues mentioned below that leads to burnout.  It is a win/win. FROM CITIZENS … Continue reading

Millions of Americans Refuse Health Insurance

The news below is taken from the Citizen’s Council for Healthcare Freedom e-newsletter: The Affordable Care Act was passed for the ‘benefit’ of the 50 million people who couldn’t get health insurance. Now, the Congressional Budget Office has projected that 45 percent of that population will decline health coverage willingly. Studies reveal that 16-17 million have purchased insurance because of the law and roughly 35 million still are uninsured. Many people like Lisa (Glendale, California) refuse to buy coverage because “Usually I can get a better deal than if I had insurance.”   The “Affordable” Care Act is failing on all fronts, … Continue reading

High Overhead Costs for Health Care

With a Direct Primary Care Practice, everything you spend is for the delivery of your health care, not paying for levels of administrators who do their best to deny you the care for which you are paying so much already.  (Please note: DPC is not insurance.  It is a personal service contract with your personal physician) This is taken from the Citizens’ Council for Healthcare Freedom: High Overhead Costs for Health Care Health Affairs projects administrative costs for health plans to increase dramatically in the next ten years. This year, 45% of federal spending tied to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading