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Part 3: DirectTrust.org Membership Eligibility
Key Provisions of DirectTrust.org Bylaws
Members must be committed to, and understand, the nature and purposes of DirectTrust.org. Following are key provisions from the Bylaws of DirectTrust.org, Inc.
DirectTrust.org, Inc. ("DirectTrust.org"), is a non-stock, not-for-profit corporation. To qualify for membership, a member must attest that the member is committed to the purposes of DirectTrust.org, and must be in good standing in the payment of dues. Each organization that is a member must be represented within DirectTrust.org by a duly-authorized individual. The Board of Directors of DirectTrust.org has the right to deny or rescind membership if it is determined, in the Board’s sole discretion, that due to legal actions, complaints, industry reputation, business, marketing, advertising or other practices, or non-compliance with any Directed exchange business practices required for good standing with DirectTrust.org, a member or prospective member is incompatible with the purpose of DirectTrust.org as set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation or DirectTrust.org's tax exempt status. A member whose membership is rescinded by the Board shall have a pro rata portion of the member’s dues refunded, based on the number of months in the current membership year that follow the rescission.
Membership in DirectTrust.org is open to all those with a business interest in the adoption and success of Directed exchange over the Internet of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, including: any Directed exchange participant who is a provider or user of Directed exchange services; any healthcare provider organization, any person providing services to healthcare providers, any governmental entity, any educational or scientific research organization and any other nongovernmental entity serving the healthcare industry, with an interest in Directed exchange. To ensure diversity of viewpoints, it is intended that the membership of DirectTrust.org be drawn from all of the following categories:
Corporations, partnerships, and other for-profit entities;
Individuals with an interest in the Nationwide Health Information Network not otherwise eligible for membership in a group or institutional category;
Medical and dental practices, including enterprises with physicians, dentists or other medically trained personnel that provide direct medical services and/or managed care services to patients;
Nonprofit professional, charitable, scientific or educational organizations that qualify under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, including patient and consumer advocacy organizations;
Hospitals and healthcare systems, including enterprises with medically trained personnel that provide direct medical services and/or managed care services to patients;
Academic medical centers and related teaching hospital(s) and clinic(s);
Public agencies, including federal, state, city, and county agencies and special governmental districts or entities; and
Full-time students at accredited institutions of higher learning.
Commitment to the Purpose of DirectTrust.org
Pursuant to the Bylaws, members of DirectTrust.org must attest as follows:
"I understand that, by applying to become a member of DirectTrust.org, Inc. ("DirectTrust.org"), I am committing to support the purposes of the organization, which are to serve as a forum, for persons and entities involved with or interested in Directed exchange over the Internet of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network to: share information; engage in education; identify best practices; develop standards; facilitate security, interoperability and trust among Directed exchange participants; foster public confidence; and otherwise promote the adoption and success of Directed exchange, consistent with state and federal law. I understand, further, that if I am applying on behalf of my organization or employer, I am committing to represent my organization or employer within DirectTrust.org, as my organization's or employer's duly-authorized delegee."
On behalf of my organization (named above), I attest to the foregoing commitment to the purposes of DirectTrust.org, and have read and understand the key provisions of the Bylaws by initializng and accepting below.
Check here to indicate you accept the bylaws.