Representation by Attorneys Experienced in Representing Health Care Professionals

THE COMPLIANCE LAW FIRM: A Division of Lippe & Associates in Dallas, Texas, takes pride in the expertise of our lawyers who specialize in health care reform. They will guide you through the following:

Compliance Issues

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was adopted on February 17, 2009.  It created four levels of penalties for varying levels of culpability in violation of the privacy rules of HIPAA.

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Although the Enforcement Interim Final Rule became effective in November, 2009, actual enforcement of the Act and the Rule has been delayed by the Department of Health and Human Services, primarily out of recognition of the simultaneous complexity of compliance with such rule, along with the requirement for adoption of Electronic Health Records ("EHR").  During the last three years, however, the Federal Government  has stepped up its enforcement activities, first concentrating on larger companies, and progressively expanding to include smaller providers.
Medical care professionals are being required to utilize Electronic Health Records, and to make such records easily accessible to patients, but are also charged with the responsibility of implementing programs to safeguard the privacy of such records under HIPAA.   This requires adoption of a carefully-drawn plan to ensure simultaneous compliance with both the easy portability requirements of HITECH and the confidentiality requirements of HIPAA.  The Compliance Law Firm will guide you through the jungle of implementing your plan, and auditing its effectiveness and security.

Enforcement of HITECH-related issues can run the gamut from an administrative “Meaningful Use Audit” that could require repayment of incentives or adoption of a Corrective Action Plan, to civil or even criminal suits seeking enforcement.  We can address this entire range of action in the appropriate forum and in the appropriate manner to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected.

Contact us today in Dallas, Texas, for more information on the reliable service of our experienced lawyers.