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ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT ARE UNIQUE ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE OFFICE LEASES?

Joe Romberg  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: KEY PROVISIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN NEGOTIATING A COMMERCIAL LEASE

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LOCAL NEWS RISING STARS 2016: CORA VERGE, ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

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ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN ERRORS

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LUKINS & ANNIS SPONSOR GONZAGA BASKETBALL

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ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: ESTATE PLANNING

David Webster  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: LISTENING TO CHANGE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Bill Hyslop  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: PRINCE DIED WITHOUT A WILL

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LOCAL NEWS: INVESTIGATION REOPENED IN DEATH OF BICYCLIST RYAN HOLYK

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LOCAL NEWS: IN HOLYK CASE, SCIENTIST'S TESTIMONY DOESN'T SQUARE WITH INVESTIGATORS' STATEMENTS

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LOCAL NEWS: EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL SETTLES PATIENT DEATH LAWSUIT FOR $360,000

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JENNIFER HANSON, ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY, BECOMES PRESIDENT OF SCBA

Jennifer Hanson  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - MATERNITY LEAVE

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WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED? LEADING BY DOING AND THE WELL-LIVED LIFE

Bill Hyslop  

SPECIAL REPORT BILL HYSLOP: ENSURING ACCESSIBLILITY

Bill Hyslop  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS

Erin Pounds  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL "LEGAL" RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR?

Bill Hyslop  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EARNED SICK AND SAFE LEAVE

Jacob Brennan  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: THE RISING COST OF LITIGATION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Bill Hyslop  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW

Bill Hyslop  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EASEMENTS

Cora Verge  

WILLIAM HYSLOP SWORN IN AS WSBA PRESIDENT

Bill Hyslop  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - HIPAA

Courtney Garcea  

L&A IN LOCAL NEWS> HOLYK'S DNA FOUND ON PATROL CAR; SHERIFF DENIES THAT DEPUTY HIT BICYCLIST

Mike Maurer  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

Laura Black  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Kelly Konkright  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - PROBATE

Tom Culbertson  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - WHAT VALUE DOES A BUSINESS ATTORNEY BRING TO MY COMPANY?

Paul Davis  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Kelly Konkright  

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING : "OBAMA CARE" AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Kelly Konkright  

IDAHO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COMPLIMENTS WINNING LUKINS & ANNIS ATTORNEY IN TRUST LITIGATION

Mischelle Fulgham  

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS REVERSAL OF INJUNCTION ON LAND USER RESTRICTIONS BY THE IDAHO SUPREME COURT

Laura Black   Michael Hines  

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS DISMISSAL OF HOME OWNER'S LAWSUIT BY DIVISION III OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COURT OF APPEALS

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS SIGNIFICANT 9TH CIRCUIT DECISION AGAINST RED LION HOTEL FRANCHISOR UNDER WASHINGTON FRANCHISE INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACTS

Mike Maurer  

WAYNE SWENEY NAMED DISTINGUISHED LAWYER BY IDAHO BAR

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ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - HIPAA

Courtney Garcea

Q:Does my business have to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) even though we do no provide health care?

A:. Recent changes to HIPAA greatly expanded the scope of privacy and security protections and directly applied certain HIPAA provisions to entities defined as "business associates."

Under what is known as the HITECH Act, you may qualify as a "business associate" if your business performs activities or services involving the use or disclosure of protected health information. Although this list is far from exhaustive, common types of "business associates" are those businesses that provide legal services, data collection/analysis, billing, benefit management, accounting, and consulting services.

The law requires that "business associates" have a business associate agreement with the health care provider for whom services are provided. The contract must include certain elements specifically defined by federal regulation.

"Business associates" may incur civil money penalties for violations of certain HIPAA privacy and security rules based on their own acts or omissions or potentially acts or omissions by their agents. If you are, or may be, a "business associate," you should consult with an attorney experienced in this area of the law to ensure your compliance with applicable laws.

Courtney Garcea is an attorney with the law firm of Lukins & Annis, P.S. where her practice includes business, health care, and employment litigation and consultation.

Published in the Journal of Business September 10th 2015

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