Epstein Becker Green Recognized as a HITRUST CSF Assessor to Provide Clients with Security and Privacy Risk Assessment for Protected Health Care Information

NEW YORK (May 8, 2012) —Epstein Becker Green has been designated by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as a Common Security Framework (CSF) Assessor. This will allow the firm to provide health care organizations with privacy and security risk assessments to protect the entities from breaches of protected health information (PHI). The health care industry has accepted the HITRUST CSF as the most widely adopted security framework. Epstein Becker Green is the first law firm to become a CSF Assessor and the designation exemplifies the firm's distinct capability to identify and address risk for health care industry clients.

HITRUST provides resources, tools, education, and training to develop and maintain effective security programs for health care and life sciences companies that comply with security laws, regulations, and standards including HITECH, HIPAA, PCI, JCAHO, CMS, ISO, NIST, and various other federal, state, and business requirements.

"The California Security Breach Notification Law, which includes nominal damages of $1,000 per person effected, has resulted in numerous multi-billion dollar private plaintiff actions against health care providers, payers, and business associates. HITRUST represents the gold standard for demonstrating that an organization has implemented an effective privacy and security risk management program. We are extremely pleased to offer this service to our clients in our capacity as legal advisors," said Robert Hudock, Member of the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, D.C., office.

"Health care organizations are facing increased challenges in securing patient medical information given the need to make this information electronically accessible and connected wherever it is needed or authorized. Epstein Becker Green understands the need to protect our clients from potential breaches in security, which is why we found it imperative to receive this certification. We will continue to evolve our services as the market demands it," said Mark Lutes, Member of the Health Care and Sciences practice in Washington, D.C., and a leader of EBG Advisors, an affiliation of Epstein Becker Green.

EBG Advisors, Inc. is a Washington, D.C. based consultancy that navigates the obstacles facing health care and life sciences companies. EBG Advisors is a network of international attorneys, policy analysts, strategists, and other professionals that specialize in the health care and life sciences. This organization provides coordinated guidance and solutions across various segments of the health care industry. Examples of this include taking medical devices to market, creating policy solutions, or navigating FDA regulations.

About HITRUST

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), in collaboration with health care, business, technology, and information security leaders, has established the Common Security Framework (CSF), a certifiable framework that can be used by any and all organizations that create, access, store, or exchange personal health and financial information. Beyond the establishment of the CSF, HITRUST is also driving the adoption of and widespread confidence in the framework and sound risk management practices through awareness, education, advocacy, and other outreach activities.

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a national law firm with approximately 300 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. The Firm is uncompromising in its pursuit of legal excellence and client service in its areas of practice: Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Corporate Services, and Employee Benefits. Epstein Becker Green was founded to serve the health care industry and has been at the forefront of health care legal developments since 1973. The Firm is also proud to be a trusted advisor to clients in the financial services, retail, and hospitality industries, among others, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our commitment to these practices and industries reflects the founders' belief in focused proficiency paired with seasoned experience. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.

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