22 01 2013

FOCUS - Inspiration for Healthcare Philanthropy

The Department of Health and Human Services issued its pre-publication release of the HIPAA rules modifications. The 563-page PDF is available at the Federal Register website and via web link at the BWF website. We have identified issues which we see to be significant for fundraising. There will be continuing interpretation and refinement of these rules. This advisory should serve to alert you to key components, not serve as the final word for compliance. However, BWF sees these modifications favorably supporting even more sophisticated and appropriate grateful patient and family programs.

The rules modifications include five major provisions effecting how every development professional will practice fundraising going forward:

  • Compliance of Vendors:Section 160.103 requires fundraising consultants (and their subcontractors) with access to any HIPAA Protected Health Information (PHI) will be held in strict compliance – the same as the covered entity (your hospital). This means you need a…

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