Michele G. Thompson, Partner, Udall Law FirmMichele G. Thompson recently represented two health care providers in separate matters involving breaches of health information.  Under HIPAA/HITECH, health care providers must now notify patients of breaches of their health information. Ms. Thompson assisted these providers in performing an internal preliminary investigation and preparing patient breach notification letters to over 9,000 patients to ensure the providers’ compliance with HIPAA/HITECH.  She also consulted with the providers to draft the required press release to prominent media outlets as well as prepared the necessary notification to the Office for Civil Rights, a Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Ms. Thompson also consulted with providers to ensure their HIPAA policies and procedures were up-to-date and the providers utilized the necessary administrative, technical and physical safeguards to ensure the providers’ compliance with HIPAA regulations.

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