Sarah E. Swank

Sarah E. Swank

Ober|Kaler

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Foundations in HIPAA - Building Blocks of Health Law

Recent enforcement actions and the new Omnibus Rule implementing several HITECH obligations highlighted the need for a new look at HIPAA obligations for covered entities and now business associates. HITECH not only raised the...more

2/3/2014 - Enforcement Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH OCR

The Year to Come for General Counsel: Payment Reform, Managed Care and Affiliations - Part 1: Payment Reform Four Years After the...

Part one of a three-part series - As the public begins to navigate the health insurance exchanges and healthcare.gov cleans up its glitches, executive leadership of most health systems, hospitals and physician...more

1/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Bundled Payments CMS Corporate Counsel Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medicare

Health Insurance Exchanges: The Facts Behind the Debate

Health insurance exchanges (commonly called the MarketPlace or the Exchanges) are a complex and highly debated part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the looming January 1, 2014, deadline to open the marketplace for...more

9/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act Essential Health Benefits Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Medicaid Qualified Health Plans SHOP Program

Foundations in Fraud and Abuse: Building Blocks of Health Law

The Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute is pleased to introduce its Foundations series, a collection of programs designed to equip in-house counsel with a solid foundation in the cornerstones of health law. The...more

7/24/2013 - Anti-Abuse Rule Career Development Compliance Enforcement Fraud Healthcare OIG Self-Reporting

NOIs Due Soon to Apply for 2014 ACO Program

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for accountable care organizations (ACOs) established under the Affordable Care Act is about to kick-off its second year with a new round of applications for the January 1, 2014...more

5/20/2013 - ACOs CMS Healthcare Medicare Notice of Intent

Good Governance for General Counsel: What Your Board Needs to Know Now

A host of regulatory and finance reforms have ushered in significant changes for health care entities, and likewise, for the boards that guide them. How can general counsel broach these changes with their boards and steer...more

5/18/2013 - Affordable Care Act Board of Directors Compliance Conflicts of Interest Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Enforcement Fiduciary Duty Form 990 Healthcare

HITECH and HIPAA: The Final Rule

The final rule implementing new obligations under HITECH and changing obligations under HIPAA is finally out. Covered entities and business associates need to come into compliance with these requirements by September 23,...more

3/14/2013 - Business Associates Data Breach Data Protection GINA Healthcare HIPAA HITECH Notice Requirements PHI

CMS Announces More Bundled Payment Opportunities: Are We Moving Back to Capitation?

CMS recently announced that it accepted over 500 participants into the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, which seeks to provide financial incentives for high quality coordinated care across provider types and...more

3/8/2013 - ACOs Affordable Care Act Bundled Payments CMS Healthcare

HHS Overhaul of HIPAA: Summary of New Obligations for Covered Entities and Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules [PDF] (the Final Rule) under the authority of the HITECH...more

1/24/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Fundraisers GINA HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing PHI Privacy Policy Subcontractors Third-Party

Showcase Your Expertise: Tell Stories to Build Key Relationships for Influence, Leadership and Advancement

What makes people value your expertise, take your advice and want to consult you about important decisions? Hearing examples of past successes. Most people won’t be there when you have your shining moments. So it’s through...more

1/24/2013 - Business Development Marketing

Are Your Mobile Devices HIPAA Compliant? Practical Steps to Ensure Compliance

Mobile device use is becoming more commonplace in health care. Health care professionals use text messaging to communicate with each other about patient status. Medical schools now provide residents tablets to use as...more

1/7/2013 - Compliance Data Protection Health Information Technologies HIPAA Mobile Devices OCR PHI Privacy Policy

Conflict of Interest in Research Regulations: Is Your Institution Compliant with the New Rules?

Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final conflict of interest rule last year, many entities conducting research that is funded under Public Health Service (PHS) grants, cooperative...more

12/20/2012 - Compliance Conflicts of Interest HHS Research Funding

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