We understand technology and use it today like experts predict law firms will use it in the future.
Professions like the industry we serve, health care, use technology to change the way they deliver services while improving quality and efficiency. However, lawyers lag far behind. We’re different. We understand technology and pioneered the use of technology to change the way we practice law. Our legal data base, The HIPAA E-Tool® is Internet-based so it’s always available and up to date. Technology enables us to maintain and deliver legal information efficiently and serve more clients at significantly lower costs.
We use the Internet for web-based meetings and training. Our HIPAA compliance training includes live and recorded webinars, seminars and specially developed, highly targeted educational videos with proficiency quizzes. We believe effective HIPAA compliance workforce training must be interesting and tailored to a workforce member’s specific duties involving PHI. All our materials have exact citations to the law in keeping with traditional high quality standards.
The HIPAA E-Tool® is available to clients 24 hours a day. It doesn’t replace a lawyer or provide legal advice. It educates clients about health information privacy law and is a step-by-step guide through HIPAA Rules. We consult with a client’s legal counsel and citations to the law in The HIPAA E-Tool® are provided to enable legal counsel to find the exact regulation or statute immediately. This ensures quality and greatly reduces time spent in research by legal counsel helping the lawyer to be more efficient and serve more clients and reducing legal bills for clients.
HIPAA and related state health information privacy and breach notification laws constantly evolve and change. Our primary legal data base, The HIPAA E-Tool® is Internet-based so it’s always available and updated whenever a regulation or law changes or a new law is passed. Important court cases require changes to HIPAA policies and procedures like the ruling by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on January 23, 2020 in Ciox Health, LLC v. Azar, et al. that invalidated elements of the Privacy Rule concerning individual rights to inspect and obtain a copy of PHI.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issues periodic guidance to clarify procedures for implementing the HIPAA Rules. OCR also publishes roughly 10 resolution agreements and corrective action plans every year to settle its investigations of HIPAA violations by covered entities and business associates. These settlements highlight HIPAA compliance topics OCR is most concerned about and explain how OCR interprets and enforces HIPAA Rules covering those topics.
All states have laws concerning health information privacy that are subject to change. State law that affords individuals with a greater level of protection than HIPAA must be followed. Fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have laws governing the breach of health information that coexist with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule and must be taken into account. The Internet allows us to keep tables of state law up to date.its