SouthWest Benefits e-Connections Highlights Stamer Article About Importance For Health Plans, Their Sponsors & Business Associates To Update HIPAA Policies, Practices & Agreements

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer’s article Health Plans & Business Associates Face 2/17 Deadline To Comply With HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes is featured in the Winter, 2010 edition of the SouthWest Benefits Association e-Connection.  The article originally published in the Solutions Law Press HR & Benefit Update highlights the need for health plans, employer and other plan sponsors, administrators, and health insurers as well as the brokers, advisors, and other service providers performing functions on behalf of these entities to update their plans, policies, vendor agreements, practices, privacy notices and other communications and other materials, conduct training and take other steps in response to tighter federal requirements for the use, access, protection and disclosure of protected health information under Privacy & Security Standards of HIPAA, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).

Founded in 1975, SouthWest Benefits is a regional, non-profit association designed to foster relationships and support the educational growth of professionals in employee benefits through an annual schedule of professional educational conferences and workshops. As part of these activities, the SWBA is scheduled to host its 35th Annual Conference on May 12th-14th at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio.  For information about these and other SWBA, see here.

A former Southwest Benefits Association board member who remains active in the organization, Ms. Stamer is a board certified labor and employment attorney recognized, internationally, nationally and locally for her more than 22 years of work, advocacy, education and publications on employee benefit and related matters.  As a core focus of her role as the Chair of the Curran Tomko Tarski Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice, Ms. Stamer continuously advises and assists employee benefit plans, their sponsoring employers, fiduciaries, insurers, administrators and others to monitor and respond to evolving legal and operational requirements and to design, administer, document and defend medical and other welfare benefit, qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement, severance and other employee benefit, compensation, and human resources programs and practices. Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Compensation Committee, an ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Council member, Ms. Stamer also is a widely published author and highly regarded speaker on these and other employee benefit and human resources matters who is active in many other employee benefits, human resources and other management focused organizations  For additional information about Ms. Stamer and her experience or to access other publications by Ms. Stamer see here or contact Ms. Stamer directly.   For additional information about the experience and services of Ms. Stamer and other members of the Curran Tomko Tarksi LLP team, see here.

If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about federal or state regulatory compliance audits, risk management or training, assistance investigating or responding to a known or suspected compliance or risk management concern, or need legal representation on other matters please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, CTT Labor & Employment Practice Chair at, 214.270.2402; or your other preferred Curran Tomko Tarski LLP attorney.

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