You are reaching this web page because you are interested in taking action about the unenforceable US HIPAA law when records are sent over seas to other countries for processing.
We have drafted and provided a template letter below, designed to be sent to your US Congressman and/or your US Senator.
Please keep these things in mind when contacting your representative.
- Make sure you are sending your letter to YOUR representative. If you send it to a different one, your efforts will not help as they will only respond or take action if you are a voter in their own district or state. The online contact form will ask for your address when contacting the Representative.
- Keep the issue focused. You may have the desire to add more to the letter supplied such as different issues you may be concerned about. Save that effort for another letter. Stay on track
- You may get a response quickly but then again it may take many weeks. You just don’t know how quickly they will get back to you. However, you should get a response in time.
- The goal of this letter is to bring as much attention as possible to as many people as possible. Preferably government officials, since they are the ones to write and pass legislation.
- Additionally, think about who you know. Do you have any connection to a newspaper reporter or TV reporter? Anyone who has a large presence on social media? If so, tell them about the issue, share the information/links we are providing and if they want to follow up with the story, we would be happy to communicate with them and direct them to the facts.
- A contact email of HIPAA@codersdirect.com can be shared with anyone who wants more info.
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The letter below can be copy and pasted into your correspondence with your Congressman or Senator
Dear Congressman (or Senator) (your congressman’s or Senator’s name),
Our personal identification and medical records are at serious risk. Anyone who visits a Doctor, Medical center, Hospital or any other facility is at risk of having this information fall into the wrong hands. How can this be you might ask? After all, we do have stringent HIPAA laws in place at a federal level, right?
Allow me to explain. Every time a patient visits their doctor or healthcare facility, a chart is made of their visit. This chart is in electronic form and must be reviewed by a medical coder which is translated into codes that guide insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid as to how much of a reimbursement is made for each case.
These electronic medical records contain very sensitive details such as a person’s demographic information (social security number, home address, place of work, where they get their prescriptions, where their children go to school) as well as sensitive mental and physical health information (diagnosis that have the potential for social stigma as well pictures of patient’s bodies that are of a very sensitive nature).
In some instances, these medical records are being sent or full access credentials are being granted to work forces outside of the United States for processing of these records. These overseas work forces can claim they are compliant but US law cant touch them if they are not. India, Pakistan and The Philippines are just some of these countries. This means that a US based workforce is being decommissioned for cost savings and less regulations overseas.
Here is the big problem. These foreign work forces are NOT accountable to the HIPAA and data privacy protection laws, like a US based workforce must operate within. That means that if the identity or information of a US healthcare consumer is sold or misused by a foreign individual, there is no legal structure within that foreign country to prosecute the crime. Security experts in the US state that The OCR (Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Health and Human Services), which regulates the HIPAA laws in this country, cannot be enforced overseas. This means that every electronic medical record that is sent overseas carries the risk of the private info of an individual being sold in the black market with a value of $100 – $1000 each.
The most effective solution to this very serious problem is to ensure that all Health Information Management is done here in the US and not sent overseas just to save money and be handled in a much less regulatory, high risk environment.
We need your support in Washington to follow thru with this and pass legislation to address this major concern. Do it now or do it AFTER many thousands of people’s records are found to be compromised.
For a brief video introduction, more information and sources, please go to www.whohasmymedicalrecord.com
This is more important than most people realize. EVERYONE’S PRIVACY IS AT HIGH RISK, EVERYONE’S, INCLUDING YOURS. I look forward to your response.
Thank you for your time,