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  • Healthcare data and the burgeoning health sector are increasingly under attack by cyber security criminals. Healthcare data is sensitive and confidential -- it includes HIPAA Security Rule protections governing electronic individually identifiable...

  • On March 21, 2016, OCR finally announced Phase Two of its HIPAA Audit program (short version in the presser ). Phase 1 , you may recall, kicked off in 2011 and consisted of 115 audits of covered entities. OCR has had some hiccups along the way,...

  • Then and now, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sought to “… improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance...

  • The FTC enforces the Federal Trade Commission Act, which basically authorizes the FTC to protect Americans from "unfair . . . acts or practices." These are never defined in regulation, and the FTC has established through administrative and judicial...

  • Leonard Kish and Eric Topol recently argued eloquently for patient control of a lifetime health record , adding their voices to the calls for patient ownership of health records, building on the foundational notion that ownership is necessary in order...

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HEALTH LAW LEADERSHIP

Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong (left), chair
Donald  Whitmore (right), vice chair

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MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Deborah Wheaton Hemdal, Esq. has a solo law practice in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Her work focuses mainly on family law and special education issues. She works primarily with families with disabled children, both minors and adults. Hemdal is an adjunct instructor in the Rabb School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Brandeis University. She is also an adjunct instructor with the legal studies program at Newbury College.
 
Hemdal’s volunteer activities reflect her commitment to the disabled and rights for all. She serves as chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Horace Mann Educational Association, and she also volunteers the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury and serves as a town meeting member in Shrewsbury. Hemdal co-authored an article for the Health Law Section in the January/February edition of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal entitled “Software Companies versus Doctors: Who Owns Electronic Health Records?” She recently presented at seminars on “Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights” and “Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues” for the National Business Institute Inc. She also presented a webinar for the Rabb School at Brandeis University on “Who Has Access to Your Medical Records.”
 
Hemdal holds a BA degree (Government) from Cornell University; an MA (Political Science) from Binghamton University, and a JD from Western New England University. She is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
 

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