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    • December 3: HIPAA/HITECH For Lawyers Update 2014

      HIPAA/HITECH For Lawyers Update 2014
      Wednesday, December 3, 2014
      Albany | New York State Bar Association
      1 Elk Street
      Albany, NY 12207
      1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      2.5 Total MCLE Credits: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
      Not Able to Attend in Person?
      A Live Webcast Option is Available!*
      * Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Health Law Section

      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Program Chairs:
      Patricia M. Curtin, Partner
      , Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, Vestal, NY
      Raul Tabora, Member, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Albany, NY
      Program Description:
      On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began to enforce the long-awaited HITECH Omnibus Regulations released January 17, 2013 (the “Final Rule”). The Final Rule made sweeping changes to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, increased civil monetary penalties dramatically, and extended liability to Covered Entities’ Business Associates, including attorneys.
      This program will:
               - Provide an overview of the Final Rule
               - Review enforcement activity to date and offer advice on how to prepare clients for audits
               - Familiarize attorneys with Department of Health and Human Services guidance on HIPAA and Mental Health information, including review of the overlapping State Law provisions related to confidentiality of Mental Health information
               - Explore E-Discovery obligations for In-House and Business Associate attorneys in the context of the Final Rule
      Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge and learn how to protect and advise your clients!
      Who Should Attend:

      Health law attorneys; all attorneys in law firms and practice settings impacted by HIPAA and HITECH

      Register now or find out more details on the program speakers and agenda.

    • Public Health Law Webinar Series

      New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Public Health Committee 
      in collaboration with 
      The Network for Public Health Law and Public Health Association of New York City 
      announce sponsorship of the third program in a series of


      The Ebola Crisis and Global Health Law

      Thursday, December 11
      3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
      Webinar is free
      To register for the free December 11, 2014 webinar, please send an email to

      Lawrence O. Gostin, University Professor of Global Health Law and Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University, has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., including the drafting of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism and the “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act. He is also leading a drafting team on developing a Model Public Health Law for the World Health Organization. His book, Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014) looks at the health inequities in both underdeveloped and developed nations, and the international legal framework needed to empower advances in global health and global justice. 

      Most recently, Professor Gostin has published a number of articles on the Ebola outbreak. In this webinar, he will discuss the international community’s response to the Ebola crisis, as well as vulnerabilities in the U.S., and examine the gaps and challenges currently existing in global preparedness and response systems. 

      The webinar will be moderated by Jacob S. Sherkow, Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School and Affiliated Faculty at the Institute for Information Law and Policy. 

      Access the webinar through The Network for Public Health Law’s website.

      The webinar will be conducted by Pace Law School, an approved provider of CLE in New York State.

      This is the third webinar in a series sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Public Health Committee and The Network for Public Health Law and Public Health Association of New York City. 

      The first webinar was held on June 27, 2014, "Taking on Tobacco Regulation: An Overview of New York City’s Tobacco Control Laws." 

      The second webinar was held on September 26, 2014, "Crisis Standards of Care: Public Health Ethics in Light of Evolving Mandates." 

      For more information on this program, contact

    • Dec 16: Health Law Membership Appreciation and Networking Reception

      The Health Law Section’s Membership and Young Lawyers Committees invite you to attend the:

      Winter Membership Appreciation and Networking Reception
      Tuesday, December 16, 2014
      6 pm – 8 pm
      Duane Morris LLP

      1540 Broadway, NYC
      Building entrance on 45th Street, just east of Times Square

      As we look forward to the New Year, now is an ideal time to connect with colleagues to advance your career and enhance your practice. Join us at our Winter Members’ Appreciation reception to make connections with others in your practice area, meet Section leadership, learn more about the benefits of Section membership, network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere – and enjoy some finger food, wine and beverages. All Section members will receive a gift of appreciation.

      New Young Lawyers Committee
      This year we are launching a new Young Health Lawyers Committee. Existing and prospective members are invited to our first Young Health Lawyers meeting which will take place at 5:30 pm, right before our Winter Reception, conveniently at the same location. We welcome all of you who are new to the Health Law field to explore how we can assist in the development of your career.

      Not a Section Member Yet? Join the Health Law Section now; or join us at the reception to learn what Section membership can do for you and your practice.  Our Section Membership fee will be waived for any new members who sign up the evening of our reception.

      Already a Section member? Take advantage of this opportunity to get the most out of your membership and allow us to express our appreciation.

      RSVP no later than December 9 to Amy Jasiewicz at:

      We hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening. 

      Karen Gallinari, Esq.
      Chair, Health Law Section Membership Committee

      Nicole Ozminkowski, Esq.
      Co-Chair Health Law Section Young Lawyers Committee

      Lara Glass, Student Representative
      Health Law Section Young Lawyers Committee

      Please note: Due to gift restrictions, any state government official who attends must pay the per person cost of $30. You may pay when you check in at the reception.

        If you have any questions about the event, accessibility or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Amy Jasiewicz at

    • Health Law Section Annual Meeting 2015: Wednesday January 28

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015
      Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      Luncheon 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      Meeting resumes 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

      Hot and Upcoming Topics in New York Health Law. The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program; New York’s new out-of-network law; developments in managed care; overpayments and Department of Justice actions, IT update: the Statewide Health Information Network for NY (SHIN-NY), RHIOs and providers; and the New York State Justice Center.

      Register Online Now!  Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993

  • Health Law Blog- Supraspinatus

    Supraspinatus is a health law blog sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Health Law Section.

    The purpose of Supraspinatus is to provide timely notice of signficant events and developments affecting practitioners of health care law in New York. Blog posts may cover subjects ranging from new legislation to court decisions to agency interpretations. Topics are selected by contributing authors based on personal choice for the purpose of sharing knowledge about, exploring, and illustrating interrelated (and in some cases interdisciplinary) aspects of current news events and the latest thinking in public policy, law and/or regulation.

  • Health Law Journal


    The Health Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of health law on various topics including the Family Health Care Decisions Act, HIPAA, nursing homes, managed care, mental health, medical ethics, and long-term care. Also included are regular features on recent cases, legislation and publications, as well as updates on Section activities. The Health Law Journal is published by the Health Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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