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Legal Webinar: HIPAA for Lawyers — Countdown to enforcement

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”).

All that is about to change.

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.

Topics include:

  • How to determine whether you’re a “business associate” under the law
  • What constitutes a breach
  • Everyday breaches just waiting to happen at a law firm
  • Civil and criminal penalties for breaches
  • Who needs a business associate agreement?
  • Why you need to update existing business associate agreements already in place
  • Why signing a client’s agreement and then forgetting it can be costly
  • Why not having a signed business associate agreement can be even costlier
  • How to conduct an internal assessment of whether your firm is actually compliant
  • What to ask for – and demand from – your business associates
  • Action steps to ensure HIPAA compliance

This seminar is designed for all lawyers who provide legal and business consulting services to healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and their related entities.

CLE Credit
This program has been approved for one hour of CLE credit by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Pre-registration is required to receive CLE credit.

Registration is closed.

September 12, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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