The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule of 2013 brought about the most far-reaching changes to HIPAA since it was first enacted in 1996. The 2013 changes place significant regulatory compliance burdens on CPA firms providing accounting services to the health care sector when they have access to protected health information (PHI). This presentation will address the legal, regulatory and practical burdens and issues created for accountants and their firms by the Final Rule.
Understanding how CPA firms that provide services to health care providers are affected by the new HIPAA/HITECH compliance requirements.
Promote awareness of compliance risks, stepped up enforcement initiatives and risks of non-compliance.
Highlight major components of new privacy, security and breach notification rules.
Explore possible safeguards, the importance of reviewing client relationships and ‘business associate’ agreements, how to limit access to PHI and suggested measures to secure electronic and paper records to maintain compliance with the new rule.
Christopher Ezold is the Managing Partner of the Business & Health Law Group and focuses his practice on assisting health care providers and their business associates in navigating the legal minefield of modern health care, including compliance with the new HIPAA/HITECH regime. Mr. Ezold holds an L.L.M. in Taxation, litigates before state and federal courts and agencies, and assists clients in managing public relations crises. Christopher is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
William Keenan is a consultant to the Ezold Law Firm, P.C. His specialized areas of concentration are regulatory compliance relating to accounting and ethical standards, forensic accounting and litigation support. Mr. Keenan is a CPA, a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.
Melanie Bork Graham, an associate in the Business & Health Law Group, concentrates her practice on counseling health care providers and their business associates, with an emphasis on information privacy and security. Ms. Graham achieved her CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and is a 2014 candidate for a Masters of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University. Ms. Graham has significant litigation experience and sits on the Judicial Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.