The HIPAA Privacy rule doesn’t ensure patient privacy and could actually do more harm than good. Patients and healthcare workers believe that signing the HIPAA notice protects their privacy and that their private information will not be shared. This is a misconception since the data will be shared whether the form is signed or not. HIPAA allows 2.2 million entities to access patient data without their consent.
If patients decline to sign the form, some physicians and facilities may refuse to provide treatment, which is a violation of patients’ HIPAA rights. The HHS website gives instructions on what to do when a patient doesn’t sign – and refusing treatment is not listed as an option.
Patients need to be informed about HIPAA. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, based in St. Paul, MN, urges patients to not sign the form and alert the medical community and Americans across the nation that HIPAA has taken away our privacy rights. President and co-founder of CCHF Twila Brase, RN states, “The HIPAA privacy notice is pure deception, making us think we have privacy and that our data is secure.” HIPAA opens the door to other methods of tampering with privacy, such as electronic health records. “All sorts of people can have access to our data,” says Brase.
If you wish to opt out of signing the HIPAA form at your physician’s office this year, visit the CCHF website (www.cchfreedom.org) and print out a double-sided, wallet-size information card to present to the office staff if there is confusion about why the form is not being signed.
Hamilton, Deborah. “Don’t Sign the HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Notice at the Doctor’s Office This Year.” Press Release. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, 16 Feb 2016. Web. 18 Feb 2016.