The Obama Administration may soon require all citizens to have a federally-imposed national patient ID card. The deadline for your comments is Tuesday, September 6 - the day after Labor Day.
This "machine-readable" patient ID card (and perhaps number) would allow implementation of the controversial national health data system -- the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) -- to which President Obama appropriated $23 billion in the "economic stimulus" bill. The NHIN is a "network of networks" made by connecting State health information exchanges with federal software. Comprehensive private medical and mental health data could be electronically linked on any and all patients using the card within the State health information exchange. The government and others -- a total of 2.2 million entities according to the federal government -- could access patient data without patient consent for the purpose of intruding in the confidential patient-doctor relationship and rationing care.
Take this opportunity to say NO. (sample comment below)
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
TO SUBMIT: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
Go to http://regulations.gov. Select "Open for Comment/Submission" Enter CMS-0032-IFC as the Keyword or ID. Click "Submit a Comment." The name of the proposed rule is, "Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Operating Rules for Eligibility for a Health Plan and Health Care Claims Status Transaction."
SAMPLE COMMENT: (to be considered a valid comment, please use some or all of your own words, or add at least one sentence of your own...or write your very own comment)
I oppose any attempts to impose a patient identification card, as considered in the Project SwipeIt Study, and inferred by the Department's assumption of cost savings by "a single set of operating rules" nationwide for every health care transaction. I also oppose a single set of operating rules nationwide. A national patient identification card with a national (single) set of operating rules will infringe on my privacy rights and eliminate State's rights over health care. These rules should be withdrawn.
The plan for a national patient ID card is hidden in a 38-page, three column interim final rule.
The ID card is more or less inferred by the fact that the administration is presuming its use in their calculation of savings for a single set of operating rules:
"In 2009, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) ... developed costs estimates of implementing a machine-readable patient ID card. ...The Project SwipeIt study demonstrated the quantifiable benefits to administrative simplification...The MGMA cites many resources that were used to gather their data for their analysis. We find that the data used in the MGMA study are relevant to our analysis and therefore we will use some of this data in our calculations of provider savings. We invite public and industry stakeholder comments on our assumptions." "...This results in $560 million to $700 million in annual savings for providers due to implementation of operating rules for the eligibility for a health plan transaction."
ALSO in the proposed rule: "Section 1173(g)(1) of the Act, as added by section 1104(b)(2) of the Affordable Care Act, requires the Secretary to ‘‘adopt a single set of operating rules for each transaction * * * with the goal of creating as much uniformity in the implementation of the electronic standards as possible.’’
One major report lists the following as a benefit of machine-readable ID cards to patients: The card will "Allow use of a single health ID card to access to information about multiple benefits (Note: due to privacy concerns, health ID cards do not hold data, but rather serve as a key to access data);"
A government-imposed requirement for a national patient ID card (which may include a national patient ID number) is THE key to the establishment of a national health data system and with it...national health care. Please comment before 5:00 p.m. on THIS Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
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