HIPAA Compliance

We counsel health care providers to help them comply with HIPAA regulations

Created in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides health care coverage for people if they lose their job or change jobs. However, HIPAA addressed other topics as well.  Of particular importance to health care providers are the HIPAA regulations governing the privacy and security of medical records, confidentiality of health information, standardization of billing procedures and provisions designed to reduce health care fraud.

Complying with HIPAA can be a challenge. Fortunately, our HIPAA compliance attorneys at Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, Attorneys at Law, can help. We have worked with many providers to develop privacy and security compliance programs designed to minimize the risk of HIPAA violations.  We can also assist your company if you're being investigated for alleged HIPAA violations or undergoing a HIPAA compliance audit, as well as help your company address other allegations of health care fraud and abuse analysis and compliance, including legal issues involving the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice normally investigate HIPAA violations in Hawaii and nationwide. We have extensive experience successfully defending companies accused of violating HIPAA, including allegations involving:

  • Health care information stolen from providers
  • Failure to provide medical records requested by patients
  • Health care information disclosed without authorization from patients
  • Health care information lost or not accounted for by health care providers

If found guilty of violating HIPAA, your company could be fined thousands or even millions of dollars. Our HIPAA compliance lawyers want to help find a sensible solution. We want to help you thrive in the future. Your business is our business.

In the event of a breach of your electronic medical records system, we are also prepared to assist you with breach notification to affected parties and required reporting to the OCR.