Jenner & Block

Partner David Saunders Quoted in Article about HIPAA Enforcement

Jenner & Block Partner David P. Saunders is quoted in a Law360 article titled “Are HIPPA Enforcers Gunning for Big Health Cos.?”  The article explains that federal enforcers in 2018 punished a “remarkable” number of big-name businesses for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.  At the same time, the article notes, the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services sought only $100,000 or so in four of its settlements last year.  That made 2018 look less impressive, especially when compared to 2016, which was a banner year for HIPAA enforcement.  “Yes, there were some big names for sure [in 2018],” Mr. Saunders says.  “But you don’t have to go ... further back than 2016 to see both a higher volume of settlements as well as more frequent seven-figure settlements.”

In his privacy practice, Mr. Saunders counsels Fortune 100 companies and small businesses alike on their privacy obligations, including under HIPAA and other laws.  He has experience creating and updating privacy policies and drafting vendor and business associate agreements.