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Complying With HIPAA, Privacy Laws, and Exceptions During a Public Health Crisis

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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This CLE course will guide healthcare counsel on navigating HIPAA and other privacy laws in relation to public health. The panel will discuss the preemption of state public health laws and exceptions to HIPAA and other privacy laws, as well as the implications of the interoperability and information blocking rule. The panel will offer steps that healthcare providers should take to help ensure compliance with both privacy requirements and public health requirements.


Healthcare providers and health plans must balance the privacy concerns of patients with the need to protect patients and others from potential infection. Covered entities and business associates under HIPAA must consider HIPAA and other privacy law obligations as they use and disclose health information during a public health crisis.

Many privacy laws have exceptions that permit or require the use and sharing of protected health information when an important public policy purpose exists. These exceptions are often narrow, and counsel must understand when an exception applies and when it does not.

To comply with health privacy laws while meeting the disclosure needs for public health purposes, healthcare providers and their counsel should have policies and procedures in place to ensure the strict requirements for disclosure are met.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines HIPAA and other privacy laws in the context of public health, preemption of state public health laws, and exceptions. The panel will also discuss measures that healthcare providers should have in place to ensure compliance with privacy requirements as well as public health requirements.



  1. HIPAA privacy in the pandemic
  2. Impact of other state and federal privacy laws
  3. Circumstances where disclosure of health information may be permitted or required
  4. Best practices for disclosure in the public health context


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the considerations for healthcare providers when determining whether to disclose protected health information during a public health crisis?
  • What are the privacy rule exceptions that permit covered entities to disclose protected health information without obtaining patient authorization?
  • What steps should counsel take to ensure strict requirements are met to disclose protected health information to a patient's employer?


Sakowitz Klein, Jo-Ellyn
Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein, CIPP/US

Senior Counsel
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Ms. Klein is a leading practitioner on privacy and data protection matters, with a special emphasis on the health and...  |  Read More

Metnick, Carolyn
Carolyn V. Metnick

McDermott Will & Emery

Ms. Metnick concentrates her practice on transactional and business issues affecting healthcare providers. She...  |  Read More

Shah, Alaap
Alaap B. Shah

Epstein Becker & Green

Mr. Shah advises clients on privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection laws and regulations, as well as healthcare...  |  Read More

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