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Samarria Dunson, of counsel and member of Balch’s Health Law Practice, presented on the similarities between HIPAA/HITECH and the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act at the Alabama Assisted Living Facility Association’s fall training conference on September 17.
The presentation informed health care providers of appropriate ways to protect patient confidentiality in accordance with state and federal regulations. Participants gained insight on high risk areas in health care such as social media, insider threats, texting and utilizing personal devices.
Samarria focuses her practice on healthcare compliance and ensuring that healthcare entities attain and maintain compliance with HIPAA and HITECH regulations. She develops policies and procedures, risk assessments, negotiates business associate agreements, and provides training to healthcare providers. Samarria has a partnership with the Alabama Medical Association to provide education on HIPAA-related issues to over 7,000 physicians statewide. She is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in both Health Care Compliance (CHC) and Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC).
Additionally, she has extensive experience in healthcare administrative law and healthcare facility regulation.