Our HIPAA Team

HIPAA Associates can help you address the complex world of HIPAA

We are health professionals who understand HIPAA inside and out.

If you’ve recently experienced a breach – or (better yet) are shoring up your defenses before a breach – let us lend our unique blend of skill sets to protect your patients and their data. Learn about us.

Mary is a former nurse and a lawyer. Al is a pulmonary-critical care specialist, anesthesiologist, and medical coding specialist. They both have decades of experience as compliance officers, and with HIPAA security+ operational issues.

As people who’ve worked on both sides of HIPAA – as care givers and compliance officers – we’re well positioned to create individualized programs to fit your needs. Both large multi-hospital organizations and smaller companies seek our services, and since the advent of HIPAA we’ve trained thousands of healthcare providers in person or through our web-based platform. In addition, we can even add your company’s branding to our customizable training modules, if you like, and we also offer HIPAA training for Spanish speaking associates.

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Preparing for HIPAA

Healthcare privacy is often a complicated process for many organizations considering the many facets that must be addressed. Has your organization performed a careful assessment of their privacy program with a HIPAA Gap Analysis or a Risk Analysis? Have you created a sound compliance plan that will help you be prepared for the HIPAA Privacy Rule? Have you trained your staff with the latest information that relates to the Privacy Rule? If you are aware of breaches that have occurred in the last year do you know how best to report these? We have helped countless of organizations with issues such as these. Learn more about us at HIPAA Associates.

We can help you with the following important tasks:

Mary Lopez

Mary J Lopez

JD, CHP, CHC

Mary Lopez is formerly a nurse and now an attorney and the principal at HIPAA Associates consulting with a wide range of national healthcare clients. At present Ms. Lopez leads the HIPAA Associates Team and advises clients on HIPAA privacy and security issues. In addition she creates compliance plans and educational programs.

Most important of all she understands the issues after serving as Chief Privacy Officer for several integrated health care systems for over a decade implementing and overseeing HIPAA compliance programs. In addition, Ms. Lopez is certified in Healthcare Privacy and Healthcare Compliance and is a regular speaker on HIPAA compliance. Finally Ms. Lopez is admitted to the bar in Ohio and is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Al Lopez MD

Al Lopez

MD, FCCP,CHC

Al Lopez is the chief operations officer for HIPAA Associates. Dr. Lopez is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, and anesthesia and he holds a degree as a medical coding specialist. Furthermore, he is an experienced pulmonary critical care specialist and anesthesiologist and served as a Compliance Director and Privacy Officer for over ten years. Moreover, he has experience dealing with HIPAA issues in the clinical setting, HIPAA security and operational issues. He has been part of the HIPAA Associates team for over 10 years. In addition, Dr. Lopez is certified in Healthcare Compliance and has held various leadership roles within the medical staff and practice corporation.

Phil Stinson INTEC IT

Phil Stinson

Intec Solutions

Phil Stinson is the Owner / CEO of Intec Solutions and is pleased to partner with the HIPAA Associates team to bring IT Risk Analysis & Technical Audit services to their already robust HIPAA Compliance Offering. Of great significance, Phil used his expertise in Application Development, Network Infrastructure Management, and Enterprise Consulting to establish Intec Solutions as a full service Information Technology outsourcing company in 1997. Most important of all he has spent the last 20 years delivering Enterprise level Managed IT & HIPAA Compliance solutions to healthcare and related organizations. Contact Phil Stinson directly at Intec Solutions for help with your Technical Safeguards. Finally, Phil is the most recent addition to the HIPAA Associates team.

We’ve helped numerous organizations and individuals with:

  1. HIPAA Consulting on the HIPAA Rules. What does it all mean? We’ll help you understand.
  2. HIPAA Gap Analysis assess your program for risk areas in order to identify and correct problems.
  3. Breach Reporting, investigation, analysis, individual notification and Office for Civil Rights reporting
  4. HIPAA compliance training, for individuals and groups.

Have you already experienced a breach?

We’re sorry to hear that – both for you and your patients. We know how stressful and chaotic it probably is right now as you try to figure out next steps.

We’ve helped countless providers and organizations deal with this.

Let us help you with our free checklist covering all the steps you need to take immediately – and minimize your risk.

It also includes a worksheet of all the information you’ll need to initially collect, so that you can keep it all in one place as you work through the process of mitigation. Contact us and we will send it to you.

Contact us for a Breach Report Tool

Haven’t yet experienced a breach?

That’s great. But you should still prepare. Most people don’t think about HIPAA compliance until it’s too late. Moreover, the best way to deal with a HIPAA violation is to avoid it in the first place.

Be proactive. A first step is checking for weaknesses – and we can help. Get our compliance checklist to see where your vulnerabilities lie.

Get a Free Compliance Checklist

Most important of all, HIPAA Associates are legal and medical professionals who speak your language. We understand the needs of your organization.