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*Affiliated with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC on designated matters; admitted in Virginia
Brett supports Coppersmith Brockelman’s health care practice, focusing primarily on data privacy and security matters. Brett has extensive experience advising health care entities on a wide range of privacy and information security matters involving HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, and state medical and consumer privacy laws. He assists with drafting and reviewing business associate agreements, health information-related contracts, privacy and security policies, and data breach analysis and response.
Before coming to Coppersmith Brockelman, Brett spent over ten years as Assistant General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Beacon Health Options, a managed care company, where he directed a nationwide privacy program centered on sensitive information related to behavioral health. As the corporation’s leading subject matter expert on privacy, Brett provided privacy and security guidance in support of projects for an extensive list of health plan clients, including ERISA plans, state Medicaid plans, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). He also worked closely with industry groups and think tanks to advocate for legislative changes to 42 CFR Part 2, to encourage a closer alignment between Part 2 and the HIPAA rules.
Before moving to Beacon Health Options, Brett spent 13 years at Augusta Health, in western Virginia, as the hospital’s Privacy Officer, Compliance Officer, and In-house Counsel. He led the formation of the hospital’s Compliance and Privacy programs and advised the organization’s leaders and staff on a wide range of operational issues. In these roles, Brett worked extensively with HIPAA and various fraud, waste, and abuse laws and regulations, such as the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law.