HIPAA, Privacy & Health Information Technology (HIT)

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Helping Clients to Ensure Compliance with Privacy Laws

Parsons Behle & Latimer’s health care team provides guidance and tools that prevent HIPAA violations and that serve to mitigate damages if such violations occur.

HIPAA continues to be an ongoing compliance concern for health care providers. With the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, virtually any company that interfaces with health care providers or health care plans is governed by the privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). As the Office of Civil Rights has begun performing audits mandated by the HITECH Act, and as HIPAA fines and sanctions have become more frequent and onerous, health care providers and businesses must take steps to prevent inadvertent violations and steep civil fines and sanctions.

Parsons Behle & Latimer attorneys have developed HIPAA compliance and risk analysis tools to assist clients in deciphering complications of privacy and security regulations. The firm’s attorneys facilitate client transactions by evaluating transfers of protected health information that comply with HIPAA. We also help clients determine whether they must initiate breach notification procedures in the event of inadvertent data disclosures or loss and aid clients with the private and administrative actions for HIPAA violations and security breaches.

While the firm has traditionally assisted pharmacies, clinics, physicians, other health care providers, and health care plans with HIPAA compliance, we increasingly represent entities that provide electronic health records (EHR) systems; data storage companies; billing, transcription, and answering services companies; and health care and information technology companies that are HIPAA business associates and must now comply with many of the privacy and security provisions of HIPAA.