Privacy and HIPAA
Healthcare providers face significant challenges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as related state laws.
Seyfarth healthcare attorneys actively work with clients to develop, document and implement authorization procedures; information security systems; third-party administrator and outsourcing agreements; electronic medical records, claims, billing and reimbursement systems; use of “de-identified” information; and practice guidelines and clinical pathways on clinical information systems.
Our attorneys work directly with insurers and third-party administrators to help them understand HIPAA’s requirements concerning protected health information and apply the requirements of HIPAA into their larger information technology initiatives. We also work with employers, unions and other associations with self-insured plans to ensure that they are adhering to HIPAA’s privacy and security rules. We counsel employers on the rules of hybrid entities, “ownership” of healthcare data, privacy and firewalls, and whistleblower protections and investigations.