Jeff Drummond Quoted in “Report on Patient Privacy” on Anthem Data Breach

March 6, 2015 | Attorney News

The article, “With Big Anthem Breach, Lessons May Be in the Eye of the Beholder,” concentrates on the breach’s impact on HIPPA covered entities and their business practices.

In the article, Jeff states that he expects Congress will hold hearings but little will come out of it beyond the theatrics of the Anthem testimonies.

Jeff states the public perception of the case may outweigh the facts, and if the public comes to believe stronger encryption could have prevented the breach, that will become the lesson.

“If you have a big breach, be prepared to be sued before you are finished writing the press release,” he said.

Jeff also urges organizations to either have a law firm on retainer or know how to get one quickly.

Jeff’s areas of focus include representing hospitals and other healthcare providers, physicians and physician groups, research organizations, laboratories, and managed care entities, such as HMOs, PPOs, IPAs, and PHOs, in mergers and acquisitions of healthcare entities, formation and dissolution of corporations and partnerships, development of joint ventures (including ambulatory surgery centers and physician-owned hospitals), negotiation and formation of managed care networks, private placement of and tender offer for securities, and the issuance of over $2 billion of healthcare and tax-exempt financings. He regularly advises clients regarding compliance with healthcare, pharmaceutical, and tax exemption laws and regulations. Jeff is a frequent speaker on medical record privacy and security issues and HIPAA, and advises clients regarding compliance with those laws and regulations. Jeff earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Dallas and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas.


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Jeffery P. Drummond
Partner, Dallas