The federal government is working on a massive data hub to store and share all of our medical records. That in itself is bad enough. Why should so many bureaucrats have access to our personal, private health records? But now they want more. They also want our “social and behavioral” records in the data hub as well. What’s amazing to me is that so many on the left, the first the shriek “Keep your laws off my body,” don’t seem to object to this massive invasion of our privacy.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to require health care providers to include “social and behavioral” data in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and to link patient’s records to public health departments, it was announced last week.
Health care experts say the proposal raises additional privacy concerns over Americans’ personal health information, on top of worries that the Obamacare “data hub” could lead to abuse by bureaucrats andidentify theft.
The CMS currently covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Hospital Insurance Program and is tasked with running Obamacare.
According to a solicitation posted by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 4, the CMS is commissioning the National Academy of Sciences to study how best to add social and behavioral factors to electronic health record reporting.
The agency said adding social and behavioral data to patients’ online records will improve health care.
Read the whole thing. Of course, the government says this is voluntary, but providers who don’t comply will soon see a drop in their reimbursement rates. And you know private insurance companies always follow the lead of CMS so this will soon apply to anyone who visits a doctor and uses a third party payer.