HIPAA – A Case Study of Best and Worst Practices
Terral J. Smith, an attorney with Conner & Winters, LLP, will provide a detailed discussion on the new focus of Health and Human Services HIPAA audits, will review recent HIPAA violations and corrections, and will discuss the best-practices regarding HIPAA compliance and audits.
Terral J. Smith’s practice focuses on employee benefits and employment law. He has extensive experience with plan design and compliance involving pensions, health and welfare benefit plans, apprenticeship training plans, vacation plans, multiemployer plans, litigation and advice, employee benefits arbitrations, and federal benefits litigation and collections. He frequently advises fiduciaries regarding mergers, spin-offs, and acquisitions of employee benefit plans. He also counsels clients regarding compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) issues, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s) and Qualified Medical Child Support Orders (QMCSO), and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and Pension Protection Act (PPA) issues. He provides litigation and trial support for the Texas litigation group. Mr. Smith actively advocates on behalf of veterans and HR/benefits professionals in the Central Texas region and he is an active volunteer in the Austin Human Resource Management Association and Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association. He is also listed in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of ERISA law.
Mr. Smith has presented legal lectures and articles on HIPAA Compliance, Employee Loan Issues and Benefit Plan Legal and Regulatory Compliance, QDRO processing and compliance and has written materials for the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits’ Annual ERISA Basics and Litigation National Institutes on Enforcement of Employer Contribution Obligations under ERISA. He is a member of the Austin Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the State Bar of Wyoming, TE/GE Council-Gulf Coast Region, and the Southwest Benefits Association. Mr. Smith is also a Board member of the Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association and an member of the Austin Human Resource Management Association.
Come join us for this informative presentation on a topic that is relevant and timely for everyone.