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AAMC Update

Information Memorandum #14-08       |  
June 27, 2014

New Resource About HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements and Fundraising

The Federal Privacy Rule that implements the Health Information and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains requirements related to the use of protected health information in fundraising activities. In light of the importance to AAMC members of both fundraising and compliance with the HIPAA requirements, the Privacy Workgroup of the AAMC's Compliance Officers' Forum (COF)—composed of privacy officers from AAMC member institutions-issued an Advisory on the topic, When Federal Privacy Rules and Fundraising Desires Meet: An Advisory on the Use of Protected Health Information in Fundraising Communications. The Advisory incorporates comments from selected development officers from the Group on Institutional Advancement.

The first section of the Advisory provides answers to common questions about HIPAA requirements and fundraising in a Question and Answer format. The second section offers an in-depth discussion and more detailed information, and includes suggested templates for communicating with patients, cites to federal statutes and regulations, and relevant HIPAA definitions.

In reviewing the Advisory and considering the suggestions it contains, each institution should consider its own compliance environment and State privacy requirements, and seek specific legal advice from counsel as appropriate.

The Advisory PDF is available here.

If you have questions about the Advisory, please contact Ivy Baer, senior director and regulatory counsel, at ibaer@aamc.org or (202) 828-0499.
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