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CVS Pharmacies, Inc. $2.25 Million Privacy Rule
Civil Settlement Shows Real Enforcement Risk
Find Out What Your Organization Must Do To Avoid Getting Nailed!
March 25, 2009
HIPAA Privacy & Security Update Webinar
GINA Amendments & New OCR Guidance Require Policy Updates Now
Stimulus Bill Further Tightens HIPAA Rules, Expands Penalties,
Requires Business Associates Comply
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern ~ Noon – 2:00 p.m. Central ~ 10:00 a.m. – Noon Pacific
Approved By Texas Department of Insurance For Continuing Education Credit

Health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses (“covered entities”) and their business associates face new restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information, new data breach and business associate agreement contract requirements, state civil lawsuits and expanded criminal and civil penalty exposures and other new risks under impending changes to the Privacy & Security Standards of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Stimulus Bill”) and other federal rule changes. Meanwhile, the payment by CVS Pharmacies, Inc. of $2.25 Million settlement to resolve charges it violated existing Privacy & Security Rules and other recent civil and criminal enforcement actions demonstrate covered entities, their employees and service providers already face significant risks when existing HIPAA and other privacy and data security requirements are violated. These and other recent developments make clear that covered entities and their employees, business associates and other workforce members need to get serious about compliance with the Privacy & Security Rules and other federal and state privacy and data security requirements.

Catch up on the latest amendments, enforcement trends and other HIPAA Privacy & Data Security Rule developments by participating in the “HIPAA Privacy & Security Update Teleconference” on March 25, 2009 hosted by Solutions Law Press. Learn what you and your organization need to know to comply with new requirements and manage HIPAA compliance while getting valuable training that will help your organization document its efforts to comply with HIPAA's training requirements.

Attorney & HIPAA privacy author Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. will brief teleconference participants on what they need to know and do in response to impending rule changes and new enforcement risks. Participants also will be given the opportunity to ask questions on these and other developments. Click here to Register

Participants in the Teleconference will catch up on the latest guidance about:

  • Your responsibilities for protecting PHI and other sensitive personal information under HIPAA and FACTA
  • Specific requirements and restrictions you must comply with when using, disclosing, and safeguarding protected health information under the Privacy & Security Rules
  • Why your existing practices may not adequately meet your compliance obligations
  • New genetic information and testing nondiscrimination and privacy rules scheduled to take effect May 21, 2009 and their implications on your HIPAA Privacy & Data Security obligations
  • Impending new restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information added by the Stimulus Bill and what you must change to comply
  • Impending new requirements for business associates enacted under Stimulus Bill and what you and your business associates must do in response
  • Impending new breach notification requirements added under the Stimulus Bill and FACTA and what you must do to prepare to comply
  • When your organization may face new exposure to civil damages lawsuits by state Attorneys’ General for breaches of HIPAA’s Privacy or Security Standards
  • How the $2.25 Million CVS Pharmacies, Inc. settlement and other recent enforcement and regulatory guidance impacts these responsibilities and your risks
  • Common compliance mistakes that the regulators and private litigants look for
  • Steps to take to mitigate risks when a privacy or security breach occurs
  • Learn about HIPAA’s training and other compliance plan requirements and what you should do to prepare to show compliance
  • Other practical pointers

Participants also hear practical information about steps to take to respond to these and other requirements and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Each participant will receive a certificate of participation that for use in documenting their participation in this HIPAA training. For more information or to register, go to


The two hour webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. Central Time, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The cost of registration is $75.00. Parties unable to participate in the live webinar may purchase a recording of the live program to be posted for purchase at the week following the program. Instructions for signing into the webinar and download of the materials will be distributed via e-mail to registrants with the acknowledgement of their online registration. To register, please register via the internet at by creating a login and clicking on the “register” link under the calendar entry for this program prior to the program. For additional information about this briefing, contact Lorena Ordonez-Valle via telephone at 972-419-8388 or via e-mail at To unsubscribe from future emails click here.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is approved by Texas Department of Insurance for Continuing Education Credit. An application for HRCI recertification credit is pending.
Upon request, participants will receive a certificate of participation documenting their participation in the program for use in demonstrating participation for continuing education, licensure or other continuing education credit. If you have special continuing education credit needs that you wish us to consider, please let us know. We are happy to visit with you about our ability to accommodate your request.

About Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
An Martindale Hubble AV-rated (the highest) attorney recognized in International Who’s Who of Professionals and author of numerous highly acclaimed publications on health care, human resources, employee benefits and other privacy and data security matters, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer works extensively with health care provider, health plan, human resources, insurance, and other businesses to manage privacy and data security, people and processes. Her experience includes advising these and other clients about the design and administration of health, benefit personal financial information and other privacy and data security policies to comply with HIPAA, FACTA, state privacy and identity theft and other laws and to promote business interests; investigation, defense and clean up of privacy and data security challenges; representation before legislators, regulators and law enforcement and advice, representation and defense of businesses on the handling of related health care, health plan and human resources matters. Ms. Stamer also is a highly popular lecturer and widely published author on health information and other data security, health care, and other matters including “Privacy & Securities Standards-A Brief Nutshell,” and “Privacy Invasions of Medical Care-An Emerging Perspective,” both highly regarded works published by The Bureau of National Affairs. Her “Personal Identity Theft Training Online Training Program For CIOs” that has been included as part of the curriculum of the University of Dallas Information Management Graduate Program. Other examples of her publications and training programs relating to health information processes, systems and data security include “Cybercrime and Identity Theft: Health Information Security Beyond HIPAA,” “Claims Processing In The New World Order: Selected Emerging Laws & Practices Impacting Private Sector Health Claims Administration,” “Personal Identity Management Legal Demands and Technology Solutions,” “Tailoring A Records Management Plan And Process To Meet Your Legal And Operational Needs,” “Brokers & Insurers Identity Theft and Privacy Perils,” “HR’s Role In Personal Identity Theft & Cyber Crime Prevention,” “Protecting & Using Patient Data In Disease Management Opportunities, Liabilities And Prescriptions,” “Health Care Providers Face Continuing Personal Identity Theft Exposures,” “Changing Regulations Will Ease Way for E-Prescribing, but Physicians Shouldn’t Jump the Gun,” “Why Your Business Needs A Cybercrime Prevention and Compliance Program,” “Leveraging Your Enterprise Digital Identity Management Investments and Breaking though the Identity Management Buzz” “Compliance In The Health Care Trenches: Real World Compliance Strategies For Improving Operations And Managing Risk,” “Update on HIPAA Fraud, Privacy & Securities Rule To ABA Annual Meeting Joint Committee on Employee Benefit Plans,” “When Your Employee’s Private Life Becomes Your Business, “Designing and Administering Health Care Provider Billing Practices, Systems and Procedures to Effectively Collect Compensation While Avoiding Fraud, Privacy and Other Legal Pitfalls Applicable to Healthcare Providers,” and others. She regularly conducts training and publishes works on these or other related topics for the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Aspen Publishers, Spencer Publications, ISSA, HIMSS, HFMA, TAHFA, Private Payer News, MDNews, IFCEBS, the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators, the Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, the National Managed Health Care Congress, the State Bar of Texas, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Business Institutes, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Harris County Medical Society and a multitude of others. Ms. Stamer also shares her experience by serving in the leadership of numerous professional and civic organizations. She presently services as Vice President of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association, Vice Chair of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Employee Benefit & Executive Compensation Subcommittee, a member of the Leadership Council of the ABA Joint Committee On Employee Benefits, a Member of the Internal Revenue TE/GE Council, among others. Ms. Stamer also is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, the former President of the Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, a former board member and compliance committee chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, the President of the Richardson Development Center for Children (now The Warren Center), and a host of other organizations. For more details about Ms. Stamer’s experience and other credentials, contact Ms. Stamer, information about workshops and other training, selected publications and other human resources related information, see or contact Ms. Stamer via telephone at 972.419.7188 or via e-mail at