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HIPAA Alert: Updated Guidance from HHS Re: Disclosure of COVID-19 Status to First Responders

Today the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on the disclosure of the COVID-19 status of a patient to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders and public health authorities.

In the guidance, the OCR recognizes that due to the current national public health emergency, first responders need access to real time infection information to both treat their patients and protect themselves. As such, the guidance clarifies that institutions may disclose PHI without a patient’s authorization in those circumstances. However, the OCR reminds practitioners and institutions that they must make reasonable efforts to limit the information disclosed to the “minimum necessary” to accomplish the purpose of the disclosure.

A Christopher Cahill-moderated webinar series — “The Start-Up / Small Business Advisor 2019” – is now available on-demand

Episode #1: The Very Basics – Forming the Business

Episode #2: Raising Capital: Negotiating with Potential Investors

Episode #3: HR-101: Finding, Negotiating With & Retaining Potential Hires

Episode #4: What Every Founder/Entrepreneur Must Know

This series premiered live on West LegalEdCenter and remains available there on-demand as well. Purchasing a webinar on West LegalEd Center is generally easy and inexpensive for attorneys and accountants since so many firms have “all you can eat” plans with West. For the rest of us, including business owners, executives, private fund professionals, high net worth investors, and other potential clients, FP/WestLegalEdCenter webinars are available directly on the Financial Poise website for $19.99 (with an additional discount if the entire series is purchased).

Christopher Cahill is Executive Editor of Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation 2nd Edition

Cook County Health Foundation Christopher Cahill is Executive Editor of the recently released Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, 2d Edition (Jonathan P. Friedland, Elizabeth Vandesteeg & Christopher M. Cahill eds., 2020). This treatise is comprehensive and annually updated. Chris has served as in this capacity since 2014. The book is available for purchase here.

Chris and Lars Peterson are co-authors of the treatise’s Chapter 7, on asset sales in bankruptcy, entitled “Litigation Concerning the Use, Sale, or Lease of Estate Property Other Than Cash Collateral.”

Christopher Cahill moderates EBITDA webinar

Christopher Cahill moderated “EBITDA and Other Scary Words,” a live webinar co-produced by Financial Poise and WestLegalEdCenter. The panelists were John Levitske of Ankura Consulting Group, Biff Ruttenburg of Atlas Partners, LLC, and Lee Gould of Gould & Pakter Associates, LLC.

Stuart Ringel joins L&G Law Group

Stuart RingelL&G Law Group LLP welcomes Stuart Ringel as Of Counsel. Over his 30 plus year career, Stuart has handled all phases of litigation on behalf of healthcare facilities and professionals, product manufacturers and clients in myriad other industries. Most recently, Stuart was Vice President of Healthcare Claims for a large insurance carrier where he oversaw all business, technical and personnel issues for the unit handling liability claims made against a broad array of healthcare insureds.

Cahill Presents his 50th Live Webinar

On August 23, 2019, Christopher Cahill moderated “Blockchain and Smart Contracts,” a live webinar co-produced by Financial Poise and West LegalEd. Cahill’s webinars have run several gamuts, from bankruptcy law and strategic alternatives for distressed businesses, to credit insurance and trade finance, to crowdfunding and business fund-raising, to blockchain and everything.  He has three more scheduled for 2019: Blockchain and Supply Chain, Digital Assets, and Blockchain and Trade Finance (all for Financial Poise and West LegalEd).

A complete list of Cahill’s webinars can be found on his attorney bio page here.