Healthcare Reform: Meeting the Challenge
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Elizabeth G. Litten and Helen Oscislawski will highlight the substantive changes to HIPAA privacy and security rules as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) that was passed with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in February. Their presentation will focus on potential funding sources, CCHIT certification and becoming a “Meaningful EHR User,” as well as privacy and security changes.
To register or for more information, visit the NJ HFMA web site at http://www.hfmanj.org/Events.calendar/2009/09/08/HealthCare-Reform-Meeting-the-Challenge.
Litten, a partner in the firm, focuses her practice on New Jersey regulatory issues with a concentration in health law, corporate and government relations. She has been a health law attorney for more than 17 years and a registered NJ lobbyist for more than 10 years, working closely with the executive and legislative branches in developing health care policy. Litten represents New Jersey hospitals, physicians, ambulatory care facilities and other New Jersey-licensed providers and health care carriers on a wide spectrum of managed care, certificate of need, licensing, reimbursement and compliance issues. She counsels clients on federal health care issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance with Anti-Kickback and Stark laws and regulations. In the area of health information technology, Litten has provided advice regarding development and implementation of HIT, interactive web sites and software tools to new ventures and health care associations. She served as co-chair of the State Law Solutions subcommittee and as member of the Electronic Health Information workgroup of the New Jersey Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration. Elizabeth recently spoke at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Computer Security Division Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Security Rule Conference, "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance Through HIPAA Security," where she was part of a panel discussion on "Assessments From the Organizational Perspective."
Oscislawski is widely recognized for her experience with and understanding of laws affecting the use and disclosure of health information, including HIPAA's privacy and security requirements and recent changes to such laws resulting from the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. She concentrates her practice in the areas of general corporate and health care law and has substantial experience with federal health care regulations; New Jersey health care regulations; fraud and abuse; HIPAA and HITECH; and HIEs, RHIOs and EHRs. Oscislawski was appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission to sit as a member with “demonstrated expertise in privacy [and security] laws.” The commission is charged with providing a plan to create a statewide network and infrastructure to support the exchange of clinical data across all entities within the state of New Jersey. Oscislawski was also the original creator of and the continuing editor for the firm’s HIPAA, HITECH and HIT blog (http://hipaahealthlaw.foxrothschild.com ) that provides information regarding cutting-edge legal and practical developments that health care providers and businesses must consider with regard to the handling and sharing of health information, including through the use of electronic health records.