Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: Fundraising

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 19, 2009

Q. May a hospital provide its foundation with a list of recent patients for fundraising purposes?

A.
The hospital can supply its foundation with patient demographic information and the dates it provided healthcare. However, any fundraising letter must include language informing patients that they may opt out of future fundraising activities, and the hospital and its foundation must cease any further fundraising communication to patients who opt out.

Editor’s note: Chris Apgar, CISSP, answered this question. This is not legal advice. Consult your attorney regarding legal matters.

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