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The compliance efforts of physician practices in 2015 continue to be affected by the changes made to regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) in 2013. Today's compliance efforts are made even more challenging due to the rapid advances in technology used by physician practices.
Practices should prepare for the enforcement of these regulations through the HITECH Act Audit Program, which the Office of Civil Rights intends to implement in 2015. It is anticipated that these audits will be comprehensive and will assess compliance with the Security Rule, the Privacy Rule, and the Breach Notification Rule.
In this webinar, Meggan Bushee and Holly Carnell, attorneys at the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP, will provide an overview on HIPAA and the HITECH Act, discussing key items that should be considered by physician practices in order to prepare for 2015 HITECH Act audits as well as areas where physician practices may be at risk of noncompliance with HIPAA and the HITECH Act.
• Overview of HIPAA and the HITECH Act
• Key obligations for physician practices under HIPAA and the HITECH Act
• What can be learned from 2014 enforcement actions
• Predictions for the 2015 enforcement climate
• Review of the HITECH Act Pilot Audit Program in 2013
• Key steps physician practices should take to prepare for audits in 2015
About the presenters:
Meggan Bushee's practice focuses on healthcare transactional and regulatory matters for a variety of healthcare providers, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and dialysis centers. In this capacity, she has assisted in drafting operating agreements, asset purchase agreements, management agreements, physician employment agreements and medical director agreements; participated in asset and stock purchase transactions; and advised clients regarding general healthcare compliance issues, facility licensure and accreditation, certificate of need, formation, merger and acquisition and joint venture transactions. Meggan also provides guidance to various provider clients regarding HIPAA privacy and security rules and the HITECH Act, as well as state privacy and security regulations.
Holly Carnell focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. She primarily counsels healthcare clients, including hospitals and health systems, multi- and single-specialty medical practices, physician-owned hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers on a variety of matters, including structuring transactions, affiliation agreements and compliance matters. Holly regularly provides guidance to provider clients on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the HITECH Act, including counseling clients in addressing alleged breaches under HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and in responding to complaints filed under HIPAA with the Office for Civil Rights. She also advises clients on the legal issues related to electronic medical records and negotiation of electronic medical record agreements.