Direct Marketing Association (DMA) - The leading global trade association of businesses and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates industry standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the end-to-end direct marketing process.
Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) - The second-largest regional direct marketing association in the U.S. dedicated to promoting the exchange of information among our members, encouraging and supporting the highest ethical business standards, promoting use and understanding of direct marketing, and encouraging and supporting the teaching and study of direct marketing in an academic environment, as well as through the association itself.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) Rule that provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. Also visit HITECH for information on the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).