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HIPAA Compliance and Protecting Patient's Rights During the COVID-19 Outbreak

 

Gain and understanding on changes made to HIPAA rules, and how to stay compliant through this pandemic.

In ordinary times, HIPAA provides a variety of protections to the privacy and security of health information. These are not ordinary times, but the HIPAA rules still exist and they still apply. The big (temporary) change, however, is that certain elements of the HIPAA rules have effectively been relaxed through Office for Civil Rights' Notifications of Enforcement Discretion and the COVID legislation. In addition, expansion of telehealth and the new reality of teleworking raise privacy and security concerns. And, unfortunately, there are bad actors actively taking advantage of the relaxation of HIPAA. This topic will discuss what HIPAA rules continue to apply in full, which rules have been modified, and which rules have effectively been suspended for the duration of the pandemic situation. It will also discuss privacy and security safeguards related to telehealth and teleworking, and current cyber security threats present during this pandemic period. This information will help covered entities and business entities understand how to facilitate care in the midst of the pandemic while also protecting the privacy and security of protected health information in these extraordinary times.

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Nathan A. Kottkamp

Nathan A. Kottkamp

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

  • Partner in Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP's Healthcare Department
  • Provides counsel on compliance with federal and state health care regulations and day-to-day operational issues
  • Earned the CIPP/US designation as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and clients rely on his insight and experience with HIPAA and other data privacy and security matters
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for cyber law in Virginia by Legal 500 U.S. and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers
  • Dedicates his time and experience to public health issues
  • Founder and chair of National Healthcare Decisions Day, which educates and empowers both the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning
  • Member of the Advance Directives Task Force Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; M.A. degree in bioethics, University of Pittsburgh; A.B. degree, with high honors, College of William and Mary
  • Can be contacted at 615-850-8865 or [email protected]
Beth Pitman

Beth Pitman

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

  • Partner in Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP's Healthcare Department
  • Advises and provides counsel to health care systems and providers and health care IT businesses in navigating health care privacy and cyber security regulations, other health care regulations and government reimbursement program matters
  • Experience includes the development and ongoing management of comprehensive HIPAA compliance programs, drafting and negotiating business associate agreements, developing internal policies and workforce training modules for patient privacy and data security, and providing advice, guidance and representation in investigations before government regulators related to data breaches
  • Provides advice to clients related to the frequent changes associated with the many federal health care payment programs
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) by the Compliance Certification Board and advises a wide range of health care providers and businesses, including hospitals and health care systems, physicians, dentists, therapists, labs, provider management service businesses, outpatient services providers and HIT companies on HIPAA compliance, data security and technology licensing matters
  • Recognized as part of WomenInc. Magazine‚Äôs ost Influential Corporate Directors list
  • J.D. degree, University of Alabama School of Law; B.S. degree in accounting, University of Alabama
  • Can be contacted at 205-226-5704 or [email protected]
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