Scott Bennett Educates Healthcare Risk Management Readers on Importance of Timely Access Request Responses for HIPAA Compliance

Following the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) report to Congress that revealed a 61% increase in HIPAA breaches affecting more than 500 people in 2020, Healthcare Risk Management turned to Scott Bennett for specific actions healthcare organizations should take to avoid complaints surrounding patient access and disclosure requests. Scott encouraged healthcare providers to continuously educate their personnel on the unique requirements and differences between the two types of requests and suggested supplying them with actionable guidance documents to use between trainings. Ensuring every access request is logged and receives a response within 30 days, as HIPAA mandates, will prevent OCR enforcement actions. Scott also recommended healthcare entities conduct a wide-scale security assessment that extends to every piece of hardware and software that touches electronic PHI. A leading...

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Erin Dunlap Provides Insight on Overturned HIPAA Penalty for Healthcare Risk Management

Erin Dunlap Discusses Recognized Security Practices for Complying with HIPAA Safe Harbor Law in Healthcare Risk Management

Although the 2021 HR 7898 HIPAA Safe Harbor law grants entities some protection against hefty HIPAA penalties, there are security nuances that risk managers and compliance officers must consider. Erin Dunlap provided Healthcare Risk Management with insight into how organizations can leverage security and risk management practices to reduce penalties from HIPAA-related investigations. HIPAA-covered entities have some flexibility in determining their recognized security practices, but Erin recommended they consider the NIST framework and HHS cybersecurity guidance for healthcare entities. Organizations that can show compliance with these industry-recognized standards and approaches in the previous 12 months may see a favorable termination of an investigation or may be granted leniency toward fines and penalties by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. With a...

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Kristen Rosati Reviews a Year of Health Law Updates for AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Kristen Rosati Recaps a Turbulent Year in Healthcare at the American Health Law Association Academic Medical Centers and Physicians-Hospitals Institutes

After more than two years of pandemic challenges and a string of new legal developments, Kristen Rosati reviewed the years’ challenges at the American Health Law Association (AHLA) Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute and the AHLA Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute. Rosati educated legal counsel, compliance officers, and government representatives about health care reform efforts, vaccine mandates and COVID-related legislation and funding, HIPAA and other health information privacy and security developments, and hot news in clinical research and the life sciences industry. As one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys, Kristen has extensive experience in data sharing and health information exchange, among other areas. Kristen is a Past President of AHLA and is sought-after speaker on these issues....

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Scott Bennett Informs Healthcare Risk Management Readers About Compensation Compliance

Scott Bennett Helps Healthcare Risk Management Readers Get Ahead of Cyberattacks

After the White House issued a memo warning healthcare organizations about the threat of cyberattacks, Healthcare Risk Management turned to Scott Bennett to explain how companies can prevent an attack that blocks them from providing core critical care functions. Scott warned that ransomware can be dangerous, especially if it causes a company to lose data about patient’s medical history or allergy data that is stored electronically. Scott suggested healthcare entities get ahead of the issue to ensure they aren’t first considering protections in the middle of a ransomware attack. A leading attorney representing hospitals and healthcare providers, Scott brings extensive knowledge related to data privacy and security, particularly when it comes to HIPAA and protecting sensitive healthcare information. He helps his clients comply with the complex web...

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Kristen Rosati Reviews Recaps a Turbulent Year in Healthcare at the American Health Law Association’s Fraud and Compliance Forum

After nearly two years of pandemic challenges and a string of new regulations, Kristen Rosati reviewed the years’ challenges and changes at the American Health Law Association’s Fraud and Compliance Forum 2021’s Year in Review. Rosati educated legal counsel, compliance officers, and government representatives about the changing administration and health care reform efforts, vaccine mandates, COVID-related legislation and funding, and HIPAA and HIT developments. As one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys, Kristen has extensive experience in data sharing and health information exchange, among other areas. Kristen is a Past President of AHLA and is sought-after speaker on these issues. Read more about the presentation here....

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Kristen Rosati Reviews a Year of Health Law Updates for AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Kristen Rosati Educates Attorneys About Data De-Identification in 2021 Health Law Handbook

To help practicing lawyers understand noteworthy developments in health law from the last year, Thomson Reuters turned to Kristen Rosati to cover data de-identification in its 2021 Health Law Handbook. Kristen is one of four attorneys selected to provide analysis for the data management section. Kristen’s chapter, “Coping with Evolving Standards of Data De-Identification,” outlines the diverging federal and state requirements for how to de-identify data and whether individual consent will be required to use or disclose de-identified data. Additionally, she covers the downstream contractual protections and good data stewardship needed to comply with these standards and closes with a proposal for Congress to amend HIPAA to prohibit re-identification of de-identified health information. 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© and Phoenix Health Care “Lawyer of the Year,”...

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