HIPAA, Health Care, Data Breach, & Privacy


Health care facilities and providers regularly face unique and challenging business and legal issues. At Sloane and Walsh, LLP, our attorneys have decades of experience providing comprehensive services to all parties operating within the health care industry. Our knowledge of health care industry-specific laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), has proven beneficial to our clients.

Our health care law services include representing hospitals, clinics, and individual medical professionals in a variety of health care law issues, as well as defending against medical malpractice lawsuits and other claims. We also represent health care businesses and professionals in proceedings before state licensing boards and other agencies.

Ensuring the Privacy of Health Information
Much of the work we are enlisted to do by insurance companies involves health information privacy issues, which are ever-present across the spectrum of legal issues faced by health care providers. Our Boston health information privacy lawyers assist our health care industry clients in regulatory compliance matters, including responding to regulatory inquiries and investigations. Our lawyers also help clients to proactively manage health information privacy and security issues and to comply with HIPAA, HITECH and other applicable health care privacy laws, in order to prevent unauthorized uses and disclosures of protected health information and other confidential information.

Should litigation arise, we defend clients in claims arising out of unauthorized uses or disclosures of confidential patient information, and we work with them in protecting the confidentiality of such information throughout litigation. Understanding how much is on the line in matters of health information privacy, our attorneys are prepared to mobilize quickly to meet our clients’ needs in the event of an unauthorized use or disclosure. Our goal is to mitigate loss, re-secure patient data, and properly position our clients for potential litigation. If litigation has already commenced, we formulate defense strategies to protect our clients.

Proactive Services For Health Care Businesses
While we have made a name for ourselves due to our ability to provide results in health care insurance defense cases, we are also frequently asked by our clients to provide guidance on how to prevent these cases from arising in the first place. We work closely with health care providers to develop and implement HIPAA and HITECH compliance strategies. We also can provide guidance in privacy issues relating to the creation, use, and management of health information technologies such as electronic health records.

HIPAA Representation Throughout the United States
From our main office in Boston, Massachusetts, we provide HIPAA Counsel services to a Professional Sports Organization, many Institutions and Businesses.