Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom President Twila Brase Selected for HHS Quality Summit

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom President Twila Brase Selected for HHS Quality Summit

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) President and co-founder Twila Brase, RN, PHN, has been selected to serve with a prestigious group at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Quality Summit.

The Summit will be co-chaired by HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan and Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned expert on health care quality and patient safety. Brase was chosen from a group of more than 300 highly qualified nominees.

On June 24, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13877, “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First,” which directed federal agencies to develop a Health Quality Roadmap to “align and improve government administration of quality in health care delivery.” HHS will sponsor the Summit in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense and Office of Personnel Management in a yearlong endeavor to hear from stakeholders about their experiences managing quality in health care delivery.

“I am honored to be selected to participate in the HHS Quality Summit,” Brase said. “As a patient-centered organization, I appreciate this opportunity to share our perspective on how to use transparency and define quality in a way that will put patients and their needs first.”

HHS must present the president with a roadmap for restructuring quality programs by Dec. 20, 2019. In the year following publication of the roadmap, HHS and the federal partners will begin implementing the plans laid out in the roadmap. To that end, the Quality Summit Working Group members, including Brase, will attend three full-day meetings on Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 13, at the HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Summit participants will be comprised of government stakeholders and approximately 15 non-government healthcare industry leaders, who will offer critical insight into discussions surrounding the modernization of HHS’s quality programs that will build upon a patient-centered approach that increases competition, quality and access to care. Summit participants will also discuss the task of identifying burdensome regulations and the mechanisms needed to improve providers’ abilities to deliver high-quality care to their patients. View a fact sheet about the HHS Quality Summit here.

For more than 20 years, CCHF has existed to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights.

Twila Brase has been called one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” and one of “Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders.” A public health nurse, Brase has been interviewed by CNN, Forbes, Fox News, Minnesota Public Radio, Politico, NBC Nightly News, NBC’s “Today” show, NPR, New York Public Radio, the Associated Press, Modern Healthcare, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times, among others. She is at the forefront of informing the public about crucial health issues, such as the importance of patient privacy and informed consent, the dangers of evidence-based medicine, population health, pay for performance, and the implications of state and federal health care reform on medical care choices and patient access to care.

Brase is also the author of the award-winning book, Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records,” which addresses critical health care issues such as physician burnout, regulatory burdens, the omnipresent electronic health record, socialized medicine and the federal HIPAA “no-privacy” rule (Section IV), as well as exposes how the mandated, government-certified EHR technology has negatively affected doctors and patients. Learn more at

Learn more about CCHF at, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. Also view the media page for CCHF here. For more about CCHF’s initiative The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit, The Wedge Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.