PHILADELPHIA, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While a 2015 Federal Communications Commission ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) created qualified exemptions for certain healthcare communications, providers are still at risk as TCPA claims and settlements rise rapidly, according to a new Chubb advisory.
TCPA, a federal law that limits unsolicited automatic telephone calls and text messages to residential and wireless numbers by businesses, applies to healthcare providers when they communicate with patients and other customers.
Co-authored by two Chubb executives, the advisory, "TCPA Violations: Risk Avoidance Strategies for Healthcare Entities and Providers":
"Healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics and pharmacies need to communicate with many patients in the most efficient way possible," said Diane Doherty, Vice President, Chubb Healthcare, who co-wrote the advisory with Aaron Turner, Vice President, Chubb Healthcare. "The 2015 ruling provided much-needed clarification for healthcare organizations. However, these entities must comply with the entire exemption to protect patients and their reputations, or they are at risk of facing potentially catastrophic penalties and lawsuits."
The advisory can be read here.
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