Since the enactment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the responsibility of ensuring the privacy and security of protected health information was largely borne by those who created or directly received the information, most notably hospitals, physicians, surgery centers, nursing homes, dentists and other healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses (all “covered entities”).
On September 23, 2013, new rules go into effect that extend direct liability to lawyers and other “business associates” of these covered entities. And it doesn’t end there. Law firm vendors and other business associates who handle PHI – such as data storage companies, consultants and expert witnesses – will also have obligations under HIPAA.
In this one-hour complimentary webinar, McAfee & Taft healthcare lawyer Patricia Rogers discusses the obligations, risks and liabilities of being a “business associate” under the new HIPAA regulations and what lawyers can do – and must do – to protect their clients’ PHI and maintain regulatory compliance.