Edward G. Zacharias represents clients across the health care industry and beyond on compliance and transactional matters. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and advises health care providers, insurers, health information technology and digital health companies, pharmacies, drug and device manufacturers, life sciences companies and health services vendors on a range of information privacy and cybersecurity laws, including the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 42 C.F.R. Part 2, state personal information laws and multiple other privacy and data security regimes.
Ed manages large, complex and high-profile data breaches and is one of the nation’s leading lawyers in responding to HIPAA compliance investigations by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and state attorneys general. Ed has extensive experience negotiating favorable settlements on behalf of clients when these investigations result in allegations of non-compliance. Ed also represents health care providers being investigated by OCR’s Conscience and Religious Freedom Division on matters involving objections by workforce members to participating in certain health care procedures on moral or religious grounds.
Ed assists clients in developing complex data use strategies that further strategic initiatives and achieve business objectives. He prepares comprehensive privacy and data security programs for businesses, and regularly counsels clients regarding the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of protected health information and personal information.
Ed also represents health systems, physician group practices, private equity funds and health services vendors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations and general corporate matters.
Ed regularly writes and lectures on issues related to privacy and data protection. While in law school, Ed served as the editor in chief of The American Journal of Law and Medicine and was president of the Health Law Association.
Served as privacy counsel to a Fortune 500 health care services company in its acquisition of a medication therapy management company
Advised a large electronic health record (EHR) company on various data use and disclosure considerations related to its development of a personal health record for patients of its health care provider customers
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