Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy recently took opposition to language in the stimulus bill that, according to the group, "would have denied hospital access to grateful patient names and addresses." The association notes that the language was removed or at least weakened:
The Conference Committee, in a new section titled, Opportunity to Opt Out of Fundraising, included language that will strengthen the opt out requirements regarding written communications to grateful patients and their families. This language is consistent with the existing HIPAA requirements. In a separate section of the legislation, the Committee also included language that increases the penalties for HIPAA violators. AHP is reviewing the final legislation with legal counsel and will provide further insight when the review is completed.
The Association' position statement can be found here.