HIPAA Expert Witnesses
HIPAA expert witness candidates typically have a background in healthcare administration, health law and policy, HIPAA compliance, electronic medical records (EMR), information technology, and/or healthcare compliance. The chosen expert could be associated with a health information industry organization such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA), HL7 International, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), or the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the lead attorney may request a HIPAA professional with prior expert witness testimony experience.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law mandating standards to protect patient health information (known as Protected Health Information, or PHI). The HIPAA Privacy Rule addresses the disclosure of health information (“protected health information”), while still allowing for the flow of health information needed to provide quality care. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy compliance, as well as the Patient Safety Act and Rule. The following individuals/organizations are considered a covered entity under the Privacy Rule:
- Healthcare provider
- Health plan
- Healthcare clearinghouse
- Business associate (i.e., claims processing and billing)
Expert witness services by a subject matter expert in HIPAA could include an expert report, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and testimony in court. In addition, a law firm may request a HIPAA expert for pre-litigation consulting services. Exemplary cases requiring a HIPAA specialist have involved electronic health records (EHR), clinical documentation, Medicare and Medicaid regulatory compliance, HIPAA security informatics, medical billing / medical coding, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (Hitech Act), and healthcare fraud. On behalf of the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a HIPAA expert around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation for providing expert witnesses with the right balance of expertise and testimony experience to support each unique project.
HIPAA Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those HIPAA experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the HIPAA landscape.