HIPAA in Post-Roe America – Confusion, Concern, Chaos

Webinar Details


Paul R Hales




HIPAA and Compliance


All Days


60 Minutes


In 1973 the U. S. Supreme Court generally protected a pregnant woman's liberty to have an abortion throughout the United States in Roe v. Wade. Twenty-five years later the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the first national standard protecting individual health privacy rights, was developed. No consideration was given to future state laws that might criminalize abortion and invade patient privacy. HIPAA permits but does not require disclosure of individual protected health information for certain law enforcement purposes. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturned Roe v. Wade and almost 50 years of reproductive health practice. Newly effective laws in some states are designed not to ban abortion and punish patients but also to punish providers and others assisting women to obtain an abortion. Confusion and concern grip health care providers and health plans. Patient privacy has been a bedrock of medical privacy from the time of Hippocrates to the AMA Code of Medical Ethics in our time. This webinar will explore legal, not political questions raised by Dobbs; questions that must be considered before answers can be found.

Areas Covered

  • A brief overview of the Dobbs decision
  • Legal and practical issues raised by the Dobbs decision
  • HHS Guidance to Protect Patient Privacy in Wake of Supreme Court Decision on Roe issued June 29, 2022
    • OCR’s guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and disclosures relating to reproductive health care were issued on June 29, 2022
    • OCR’s guidance on protecting the privacy and security of health information when using a cell phone or tablet was issued on June 29, 2022
  • Today and tomorrow – looking ahead

Why Should You Attend

  • The impact of Dobbs on patients, providers, and payers
  • Practical questions arising from Dobbs that must be addressed
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule issues and compliance

Who Should Attend

  • Health Care Providers – practitioners, administrators, compliance officers
  • Health Plans – administrators, compliance officers
  • Pharmacies
  • Health Lawyers

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Paul R Hales
Paul R Hales

(Health Privacy Attorney)

Paul R. Hales, J.D. is widely recognized for his ability to explain HIPAA Rules clearly in plain language. He is an attorney licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, a graduate of Columbia University Law School, and a Senior Counselor of the Missouri Bar with an international practice in HIPAA privacy and security. Paul is the author of all content in The HIPAA E-Tool®, an Internet-based, complete HIPAA compliance solution with separate editions for Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Plans, and Third Party Administrators.