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Ryan S. Higgins focuses his practice on representing hospitals, health systems, private equity firms and platform companies, and other health care organizations in corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and management arrangements. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing health care organizations in matters involving health information privacy and security and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. Ryan serves on the Chicago's office Pro Bono Committee and is heavily involved in pro bono matters. Read Ryan Higgins' full bio.

Order now: The Law of Digital Health Book


By , , , , , , , , , , , , and on Mar 20, 2018
Posted In Big Data, Cloud, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, General Interest, Telehealth

Designed to provide business leaders and their key advisors with the knowledge and insight they need to grow and sustain successful digital health initiatives, we are pleased to present The Law of Digital Health, a new book edited and authored by McDermott’s team of distinguished digital health lawyers, and published by AHLA. Visit www.mwe.com/lawofdigitalhealth to order this...

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OCR Guidance Underscores Importance of Authentication under HIPAA


By and on Nov 17, 2016
Posted In Cybersecurity, Data breach, Mobile Apps

In its tenth OCR Cyber Awareness Newsletter of the year (Newsletter), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reminded HIPAA-covered entities and business associates of the importance of selecting an appropriate authentication method to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). Authentication is the process used to “verify whether someone or something is who or what it...

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OCR Explains How Information Blocking Violates HIPAA


By , , and on Oct 27, 2016
Posted In Cloud, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, General Interest

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently posted guidance (OCR guidance) clarifying that a business associate such as an information technology vendor generally may not block or terminate access by a covered entity customer to protected health information (PHI) maintained by the vendor on behalf of the...

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OCR Transmits Pre-Audit Screening Surveys to Covered Entities for Phase 2 HIPAA Compliance Audits


By , and on May 7, 2015
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, General Interest

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently transmitted HIPAA pre-audit screening surveys to covered entities that may be selected for a second phase of HIPAA compliance audits (Phase 2 Audits). OCR is required to conduct compliance audits of covered entities and business associates under the 2009 Health Information...

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