Doctor – Patient – Confidentiality

When I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College and earned my Doctorate Degree, one of the things I had learned was the importance of keeping everything the patient told me completely confidential.
(Confidential – to be kept private, not shared, not discussed with anyone else, not revealed without direct instruction from the patient.)

I still take that responsibility very seriously.  Nothing you say to me during a treatment session will ever be repeated outside that door, without your direct instructions.

But over the past 20 years, I have seen a loss of expectation for privacy in our health records.

Now, the intimate details of our lives, illnesses, sufferings, and frailties are connected with our financial records and distributed across the globe. To potential employers, future spouse, colleges, ex-wives, police, lawyers, salesmen, anyone interested in us.

Call me old fashioned, but I will not participate in this attack on your privacy.  If you trust me as your doctor, I will keep records in a hand written format.  Everything stays confidential and between you and me.  Nothing leaves my files except directly to you.  (or your next of kin)

So if you have a bad back, but don’t want your employer to know.  Get in here.

If you need a safe ear to share your troubles, I promise to keep it confidential.  (Unless you tell me your an axe murderer)

If something is going on with your kid, and you are afraid it might affect his chances for a scholarship, I can help.

There are so many situations the details of your health condition should be private, I am an oasis of privacy.

Let me help

Call the clinic at 816-436-9355 and set up a confidential appointment right now.

Know the facts about Missouri Prop C

Prop C does not allow insurance companies to deny you benefits. You can participate in any plan you choose including the federally designed plan.
Prop C does not increase your premiums, in fact it lowers overall costs by allowing market forces to force them down. There is nothing like a monopoly to increase cost to the consumer.
Prop C does protect your privacy, why does the IRS need to know your BMI (how fat you are) anyway? Wait until you get that call from the government reminding you to take your meds!
Prop C does protect your right to determine what procedures you want and refuse those you don’t want. Your right to choose chiropractic, herbs, vitamins, and other natural remedies as an option to drugs and surgery will be protected.

Please read the law before voting.
https://harmonyhealth.wordpress.com/
Fear can only survive in a vacuum of facts. Know the facts, before you decide.

Please vote YES on Prop C

PRESENTING: MINUTES TO MEMORIES, reconnecting body mind and spirit

I am honored to present to you the first talk radio show that I am looking forward to listening to.  That’s because

I’M THE HOST!!!

6 pm every Friday from now until they run me off, I will be on internet radio www.jackaloperadio.com

Most gracious thanks goes out to my new producer Mr. Todd Sheets, what a cool dude.  He will be there with me to make sure everything sounds great.

My first show is this Friday at 6 pm CDT.  I am going to explain the theme of the show, tell my story, and review potential topics for future discussions.

I am lining up a fine list of guest speakers and like this blog I will ask the difficult questions and expect responses.

I invite you to join me, with your phone or computer, at http://www.jackaloperadio.com

Be a health coach Seminar update

These seminars start at 9 am and run til 6 pm on Saturdays.

General Public $60.00 per session.

Professional license renewal $120.00 per session.

There is a discount for attending multiple sessions, and there will be opportunities for graduates of the series to use the presentation to set up their own lecture series and promote their business as a health coach.

March 13, 2010 Introduction to energy healing and longevity studies. Master points for symptom relief. Know your body: The human cell and membranes Medical myths: Fluoride

April 10, 2010 Detailed study of the metal element, lung and large intestine meridians. Detoxification – Know your Body: The immune system.  Medical myth:  Asthma, allergies, Irritable bowel syndrome, Krohn’s disease.

May 15, 2010 Detailed study of the Earth element, stomach and spleen meridians, reading labels and eating habits. Know your body: pH balance, 3 types of foods, Medical myths: GERD, ulcers, and diabetes.

June 5, 2010 Detailed study of the Fire element, Effect of emotions.  Know your body: Blood, marrow and bones.  Medical myths:  Cholesterol, heart disease, strokes.

July 10, 2010 Detailed study of the Water element, bladder and kidney meridians, The amazing molecule of water.  Medical myths:  Infectious diseases and vaccines.

August 14, 2010 Detailed study of the circulation sex and triple warmer meridians, secrets to staying young.  Medical myths:  Cancer

Sept. 11, 2010 Detailed study of the governing and conception meridians, advanced qi gong breathing techniques, grocery store medicines.  Medical myths:  arthritis

October 9, 2010 Review of series and certification testing. Using this information in your daily life. How to talk to your family about this.

As always, if there is some specific topic you think I should cover PLEASE let me know.

January has been good for Liberty in Missouri!

This was a good week for Liberty in Missouri.

by  Paul Hamby

On Tuesday, the Missouri state milk board held a hearing on raw milk.   The turnout was standing room only.

The controversy over raw milk boils down to people’s basic right to choose what they eat, from whom they can purchase their food and how it is produced.

Springfield News Leader covered the story here;

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100113/NEWS01/1130451/Advocates-of-raw-milk-consumption-state-case

You can read my written testimony to the state milk board here;

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=31464

Ron Paul Forums heard us and offered some praise here;

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?p=2491283

Wednesday, was the Missouri State Sovereignty rally at the capital in Jefferson City.

More than a dozen campaign for liberty members attended along with a crowd of more than 500. The rally was put on and promoted by at least 14 grass roots organizations.  Following the rally,  hundreds of the fired up conservatives personally visited their state reps and senators asking them to support the push back legislation. One of the bills that was the main focus of the rally is SJR25 sponsored by Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham  The bill  “Prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care”

view it here;   http://house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/sbills/sj025.htm

Here is a photo of the capitol rotunda with the  standing room only rally.

http://www.facebook.com/search/?ref=search&q=larrymiller_7%40yahoo.com&init=quick#/photo.php?pid=31040827&id=1221782802

Grass roots training was provided after the rally.

The press was in attendance and more than 30 stories have aired on TV, radio and newspapers throughout the state.  The AP covered the event and sent the story nationwide.  Kansas had similar rallies on Friday.

The movement to push back the federal government is alive and well,  based on the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.

This event set the tone for the Missouri political climate in 2010.   The Missouri Sovereignty project, founded by Thomas Grady, sent a letter to Missouri AG Christ Koster asking him to challenge the Federal government on the Universal Health Care Control bill Congress is trying to pass.

http://www.missourisovereigntyproject.com/call-on-koster.html

If you want to volunteer to help,  join at www.missourisovereigntyproject.com Look at pledges tab to see if your rep and senator have signed on.  If not,  ask them to sign the MO Sov Pledge.  If they have signed,  let them know you are watching and appreciate their support.

Missouri Legislative leaders seemed to like the idea of asking our Attorney General to push back the Federal government, so they sent letters of their own this week.

http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/21004

The conservative group Club for Growth now has a pledge asking elected officials to push back the federal health care control bill.

“I hereby pledge to the people of my state upon my election to the U.S. Senate to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health takeover passed in 2010 and replace it with real reforms that lower health-care costs without growing government.”

State Senator Chuck Purgason was the first to sign their pledge.  Congressman Roy Blunt quickly jumped on the bandwagon.   Purgason and Blunt are both Republican candidates for Kit Bond’s US Senate seat.  http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/14218/314/

Seems that Thomas Grady has started a movement that everyone wants to pile on.

http://www.mogop.org/wp/2010/01/1672/

If the Universal Health Care Control bill somehow does get passed,  there is a nationwide effort to challenge it in court on a number of issues.  Oops,  I used Hillary’s title of her 1990’s effort at Universal Health Care.  Notice they stopped using that title.  Perhaps that is because according to the Democrats, there are 45 million uninsured Americans.  15 million don’t want health care and prefer to pay their own way.  15 million are illegal immigrants and Pelosi/Reid’s bills leave about 16 million still uninsured.   Hmmmmmm?

Missouri Citizens for Property Rights, represented by Ron Calzone,  started gathering signatures for the epic eminent domain initiative at the capital rally Wednesday.  The support for MOCPR eminent domain effort was overwhelming as people wanting to sign the petition surrounded his booth at the capital.   This ballot initiative would stop government from using eminent domain for private use in Missouri.

The Missouri appeals court recently ruled in favor of MOCPR and cleared the way to start gathering signatures to get this issue on the ballot.   You can read an update on this here;

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=31082 If you would like to help with this effort, contact Ron Calzone ron@mo-cpr.org http://www.mo-cpr.org

The  Missouri Rural Crises Center organized a Family Farm Day Rally at the state capital on Tuesday afternoon.   It was well attended – standing room only.   Tim and Rhonda provided grass roots training and sent the attendees out to talk to their legislators one on one.   They are fighting CAFOs in Missouri and opposing the establishment of a new livestock board that would take power away from legislators and give it to an appointed board.

Republican candidate for state auditor has given a new meaning to our popular term Audit The Fed.   Icet promised this week that he will audit the federal stimulus dollars spent in Missouri if he wins the auditor race.  http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/14198/314/

The current state auditor sought her 15 minutes of fame this week by proposing that businesses no longer be able to keep the small portion of sales tax they get for being forced to be the state’s tax collector.   In a political climate of anti government, anti taxes, and the ever growing voice to help businesses so we can get more jobs,  it is amazing how liberals like Auditor Montee continue their NeoMarxist anti-capitalist big government agenda

http://www.missourinet.com/2010/01/13/montee-questions-2-policy/

Friday Meanwhile in Massachusetts,  the race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s seat has taken an unexpected turn.   The GOP had written of the seat,  but the grassroots conservative movement did not.  Scott Brown the GOP challenger gained steadily in the polls recently.  GOP National chair,  Michael Steele, on his radio tour of the nation was repeatedly dogged by questions on why the National GOP was not in the fight.  Last weekend,  Steele sent out a national appeal to help Scott Brown.  This was followed up by appeals from quite an array across the Center Right spectrum of groups.   Suddenly Brown was bringing in a million dollars a day,  his poll numbers are soaring and the race garnered the national spotlight as a public referendum on the Neo-Marxist Health Control bill in Congress.   Brown as US Senator would break the 60 vote filibuster proof majority the dems currently have in Congress.  National pundits are now saying the MA race will be considered judgment on Barack Obama’s first year in office.   In my opinion,  it already is.  The fact that a Republican has a fighting chance in the land of Barney Frank and Edward Kennedy speaks louder than words.  Back to Missouri,  Talk radio throughout the state has focused on the race with many encouraging Missourians to send money to support Scott Brown.  Today the MO GOP sent out a letter asking for support of the Scott Brown race.

Brown’s democrat opponent has abandoned an issue oriented campaign and decided instead to attack you!

MA Democrats press release: Scott Brown made a “deal with the devil” with “radical tea party groups”

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/12/dem-press-release-scott-brown-made-a-deal-with-the-devil-with-radical-tea-party-groups/

I do hope he made a deal with the tea party groups.  Cause the deal we have been asking for is a pledge to follow the constitution,  to balance the budget,  to remove barriers for business such as high taxes and regulations.   Now, that is a deal we can all live and prosper with.

KS rep Dennis Moore along with  Gordon, Tanner, and Baird announced retirements.  Conn Senator  Chris Dodd and ND Senator Dorgan also chose not to run again in a climate of angry hostile electorate.  The Grassroots conservative movement sent them pink slips.   Now folks are asking, when will Missouri’s Skelton announce he is stepping down?  Surely he can read the tea leaves!  http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/21007

Upcoming events

Saturday, January 16  I&R training in KC with Ron Calzone of the Missouri  contact Ron Calzone ron@mo-cpr.org http://www.mo-cpr.org

Thursday January 21 6 pm.  State Sen. Chuck Purgason, a Republican candidate for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat now held by Kit Bond, will speak in St. Joseph on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Mr. Purgason will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the Northwest Missouri Republican Club.

http://www.stjoenews.net/news/2010/jan/14/purgason-plans-st-joseph-speech/

Friday January 22 7 pm   Time to have some fun!  Come down and play Political Trivia Night at O’Dowd’s Zona Rosa.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here;

http://acttrivia.eventbrite.com/

Thank you for fighting for Liberty!

Paul Hamby

Missouri Co-Coordinator

Campaign For Liberty

Doctors reimbursement goes down if you opt out of the coming Electronic Health Records

Monday, October 05, 2009 By Christopher Neefus

(CNSNews.com) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that everyone can opt out of having an electronic health record included in the federally mandated national electronic-health-record system created by the stimulus law enacted in February.

The $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” signed into law by President Obama in February, calls for “the utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.” The law says the records should include a person’s “medical history and problems list.”

The law also says the electronic health record (EHR) will become part of a “nationwide health information technology infrastructure,” accessible with authorization by health-care providers and the government.

To make certain this happens, the law provides for doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers to be given financial incentives to begin participating in the EHR system by 2014. Doctors, hospitals and health care providers that fail to make “meaningful use” of the system by 2015, the law says, will be penalized with reductions in their Medicare payments.

But individual Americans can opt to never have an EHR entered in the system, according to Dr. David Blumenthal, who is overseeing the development of the system as HHS’s national coordinator for health-care information technology.

“We want to make it clear that no one will ever have to use an electronic health record, if they don’t want to, and that when you do have electronic health records, they’ll have every conceivable privacy protection that is compatible with a useful health care system,” Blumenthal told CNSNews.com during a telephone news conference last Tuesday on EHRs with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. (Listen here.)

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D.-R.I.) recently told CNSNews.com that it would “totally be up to the individual” whether a doctor could list an abortion or an STD on their EHR. CNSNews.com asked Sebelius if that was the case, and whether patients could also prevent a mental illness or drug or alcohol abuse from being included on their EHR.

Blumenthal spoke up to respond to the question, saying that EHRs will be privacy-protected, that a committee is studying how to arrange the privacy protections, and that people will be able to completely opt out of having one.

“We are extremely sensitive to the need for privacy and security of information,” said Blumenthal. “It is one of our very top priorities. And we have, actually have a health-information technology policy committee of national experts. We held a hearing on this topic just 10 days ago. This very question came up. We’ve charged that committee with studying how to protect patient information and they’re going to be reporting back to us.

“We want to make it clear that no one will ever have to use an electronic health record, if they don’t want to, and that when you do have electronic health records, they’ll have every conceivable privacy protection that is compatible with a useful health-care system,” Blumenthal continued. “So, we’re going to wait to see what this panel reports back to us on in terms of the exact protections that we’re going to build in.”

Blumenthal was asked in a follow-up question to clarify if the EHRs were mandatory or voluntary.

“Let me say this again: No one will ever be forced to use an electronic health record if they don’t want to,” said Blumenthal. “This is always going to be between doctors and patients. Now–so, that’s a given and so that, by definition, makes them voluntary.”

Blumenthal did not say when the committee studying the privacy issue would complete its work, but indicated that the financial incentives for health-care providers to begin using EHRs do not begin for another year and a half. “We have a little bit of time,” he said.

As of Monday, Blumenthal’s office had not answered follow-up questions that CNSNews.com submitted last week. A spokesman for the press office indicated that it could take “up to two weeks” for the request to be considered by the agency’s press secretary.When CNSNews.com asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs last week whether the White House agreed with Rep. Kennedy that patients could opt out of having an abortion or certain diseases excluded from the ENR, the president’s spokesman said he had “no idea.”

“I’m not a health IT expert. I would direct you to somebody — I have no idea,” he said.
When CNSNews.com followed up, asking whether just the concept of allowing omissions from the EHR was a good idea.

“I’m not a health IT expert, so I apologize,” Gibbs asserted.

Transcript:

CNSNews.com: Our outlet spoke last week with Rep. Patrick Kennedy. And he told us that patients will actually be able to stop a doctor from including abortions or STDS in their medical history that will be part of the government-mandated electronic health record in the national record system. I am just wondering is that Secretary Sebelius’ understanding, that a patient would be able to stop such things from being recorded, and if that’s the case, could patients also prevent things like mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse from being recorded if they so desired?”

Blumenthal: “This is Dr. Blumenthal again. I think I will take I’ll take that question. We are extremely sensitive to the need for privacy and security of information. It is one of our very top priorities. And we have, actually have a health-information technology policy committee of national experts. We held a hearing on this topic just ten days ago. This very question came up. We’ve charged that committee with studying how to protect patient information and they’re going to be reporting back to us. We want to make it clear that no one will ever have to use an electronic health record, if they don’t want to, and that when you do have electronic health records, they’ll have every conceivable privacy protection that is compatible with a useful health-care system. So, we’re going to wait to see what this panel reports back to us on in terms of the exact protections that we’re going to build in.

CNSNews.com: Are electronic health records mandatory, or as you indicated, voluntary? Help me understand here.

Blumenthal: “Let me say this again: No one will ever be forced to use an electronic health record if they don’t want to. This is always going to be between doctors and patients. Now–So that’s a given and so that, by definition, makes them voluntary.”

CNSNews.com: And you talked about this panel. When will this privacy committee conclude with its work?

Blumenthal: We’re going to let them do a little bit of work and report back to us on how long it is going to take them. To be clear, the incentives that are associated with the adoption of electronic health records don’t go out for another year and a half. We have a little bit of time.

Corporate Welfare for the Insurance Industry

Healthcare Reform is More Corporate Welfare

Last Wednesday the nation was riveted to the President’s speech on healthcare reform before Congress.  While the President’s concern for the uninsured is no doubt sincere, his plan amounts to a magnanimous gift to the health insurance industry, despite any implications to the contrary.

For decades the insurance industry has been lobbying for mandated coverage for everyone.  Imagine if the cell phone industry or the cable TV industry received such a gift from government?  If government were to fine individuals simply for not buying a corporation’s product, it would be an incredible and completely unfair boon to that industry, at the expense of freedom and the free market.  Yet this is what the current healthcare reform plans intend to do for the very powerful health insurance industry.

The stipulation that pre-existing conditions would have to be covered seems a small price to pay for increasing their client pool to 100f the American people.  A big red flag, however, is that they would also have immunity from lawsuits, should they fail to actually cover what they are supposedly required to cover, so these requirements on them are probably meaningless. Mandates on all citizens to be customers of theirs, however, are enforceable with fines and taxes.

Insurance providers seem to have successfully equated health insurance with health care but this is a relatively new concept.  There were doctors and medicine long before there was health insurance.   Health insurance is not a bad thing, but it is not the only conceivable way to get health care.   Instead, we seem to still rely on the creativity and competence of politicians to solve problems, which always somehow seem to be tied in with which lobby is the strongest in Washington.

It is sad to think of the many creative, free market solutions that government prohibits with all its interference.  What if instead of joining a health insurance plan, you could buy a membership directly from a hospital or doctor?  What if a doctor wanted to have a cash-only practice, or make house calls, or determine his or her own patient load, or otherwise practice medicine outside the constraints of the current bureaucratic system?  Alternative healthcare delivery models will be at an even stronger competitive disadvantage if families are forced to buy into the insurance model.  And yet, the reforms are sold to us as increasing competition.

What if just once Washington got out of the way and allowed the ingenuity of the American people to come up with a whole spectrum of alternatives to our broken system?  Then the free market, not lobbyists and politicians, would decide which models work and which did not.

Unfortunately, the most broken aspect of our system is that Washington sees the need to act on every problem in society, rather than staying out of the way, or getting out of the way.  The only tools the government has are force and favors. These are tools that many unscrupulous and lazy corporations would like to wield to their own advantage, rather than simply providing a better product that people will willingly buy.  It seems the health insurance industry will get more of those advantages very soon.

Posted by Ron Paul (09-14-2009, 12:11 PM) filed under Healthcare

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FDA Calls Cheerios an "Unapproved Drug"

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The Food and Drug Administration learned that General Mills claimed on
its cereal box that Cheerios can help lower cholesterol, and said on
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the risk of heart disease." So they declared that Cheerios is
now an unapproved drug, and must go through FDA new drug approval
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AAHF Asks Senate Finance Committee to Make Privacy, Transparency, and
Independent Research High Priorities in the New Healthcare Plan

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working on proposals to improve patient care and reduce healthcare
costs. We asked them to ensure that patient participation in the
electronic health records database be strictly voluntary, that
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Why Is FDA Protecting the BPA Lobby?

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As we have reported previously, bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in the
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reproductive defects, diabetes, ADD, asthma, and autism. Now emails
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Minnesota Court Orders Chemotherapy for 13-Year-Old

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In an update to an article we published last week, a judge has ruled
that Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, must
receive conventional medical treatment for Hodgkin's
lymphoma--over his parents' objections. The Hausers, who
live on a dairy farm, prefer natural medicines and alternative
treatments for illnesses.

Senate HELP Committee Approves Margaret Hamburg as New FDA
Commissioner

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In the wake of FDA animosity against supplements and scientific
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