Briar works with health care clients on compliance and risk management issues, counseling clients on everyday matters and in crisis situations such as information breaches. Briar works and speaks extensively on HIPAA, EHR/EMR, and privacy.
Briar works with hospitals, clinics, and other health care-related businesses and individuals so that they may operate successfully in the highly regulated healthcare world. Briar has particular expertise with privacy issues in general, and HIPAA in particular. She helps clients navigate through the privacy muck to get a workable (and legal) answer. Briar assists clients dealing with breaches of PHI (or helps them determine when there may not be a breach), negotiates business associate agreements (from the covered entity side and the business associate side), deciphers EHR/EMR contracts and negotiates EHR/EMR agreements. Briar also helps hospitals with risk management issues, accreditation, medical staff issues, general contract negotiations, EMTALA, and most other of the myriad issues that come before a hospital general counsel.
Responding to the Office for Civil Rights on HIPAA breach investigations. Sometimes this is a very short process; in some cases it can be very involved, with multiple responses to government inquiries and negotiations regarding potential fines or resolution amounts.
Drafting or revising HIPAA policies and procedures, determining what actions are permitted by HIPAA and state laws (and which are not) and negotiating business associate agreements on behalf of both business associates and covered entities.
Providing training for covered entities as part of HIPAA compliance.
General counsel-like representation for a hospital client that without in-house counsel, handling everything from medical staff issues to patient complaints to vendor agreement negotiations to drafting of policies and procedures.
Regularly advising hospital clients on Medicare rules and regulations, payment issues, provider-based regulations, supervision requirements, and other large and small hospital issues.