Challenges In Law Firm HIPAA Compliance

Law360, New York (October 23, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT) -- Lawyers and law firm staff are well versed in the importance of maintaining confidentiality and following laws. However, even the most accomplished lawyers may not be acquainted with the intricacies of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and just how many rules and regulations are involved with ensuring compliance.

Clients and matters at midsize to large law firms may only trigger HIPAA compliance in a small fraction of the overall caseload. However, if there is noncompliance with the statute, the repercussions can be steep in terms of fines, regulatory investigations, negative publicity and loss of client trust. It...

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