Jody Erdfarb

Counsel

Jody Erdfarb
Counsel
office Stamford
phone 203-363-7608
fax203-363-7676
emailjerdfarb@wiggin.com
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Biography

Jody is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Health Care Department, where she advises a wide range of health care organizations such as hospitals, long-term-care providers, dental practices, behavioral health clinics, individual practitioners, and information technology companies. She advises on a broad range of issues, including compliance, fraud and abuse, False Claims Act, HIPAA, patient care, regulatory, and corporate matters.

Jody relies on her broad range of knowledge to provide clients with the best possible support. Her experience includes assisting providers with state and federal survey issues, including handling compliance and informal dispute resolution meetings and appealing deficiencies with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; managing Medicaid audits; and responding to governmental subpoenas. She assists clients in developing and evaluating corporate compliance programs, HIPAA policies, and managing compliance issues, including conducting internal investigations, submitting self-disclosures, and negotiating with government authorities.

Jody is actively involved in the health law community. She is a member of the American Health Lawyer's Association (AHLA), the Connecticut Health Lawyer's Association, the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law section, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She is the AHLA Vice Chair for the Health Information Technology Practice Group's Digital Health Records Affinity Group and is on the editorial board of the AHLA's Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations. Jody formerly served on the ABA Health Law Section's taskforce on HITECH and in the AHLA's Leadership Development Program and is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Jody received her J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, a Dean's Scholar, and the recipient of several CALI awards. Jody won first place in the school's annual Hastie Moot Court Competition for best brief.

Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • The American Health Lawyer's Association
  • American Health Lawyer's Association Leadership Development Program for the Health Information and Technology Practice Group, Participant (2016-2017)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Vice Chair, HIT - Electronic Health Records Affinity Group
  • The Connecticut Health Lawyer's Association
  • The American Bar Association Health Law Section
  • The Health Care Compliance Association

Advisories

10.16.2017Recent Case Highlights Need for Providers to Comply with the 60-Day Overpayment Rule
03.01.2017CMS Issues Revised Stark Self-Disclosure Form
09.13.2016OCR Continues to Strengthen HIPAA Enforcement Efforts
06.28.2016HHS Issues Final Rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities
02.18.2016CMS Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule on Reporting and Returning Overpayments
02.05.2016The New E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield: What You Need to Know
12.02.2015Cyber-Insurance Does Not Ensure Protection From Data Breach
07.27.2015Physician Compensation Arrangements Under the Microscope
07.20.2015Connecticut General Assembly Enacts Reforms to Medicaid Audit Statute
07.06.2015Connecticut Passes Law Imposing New Burdens on Health Insurance Companies
07.01.2015Connecticut Passes New Controversial Health Law Affecting Hospitals
06.22.2015Five Tips from Wiggin and Dana's Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable
05.01.2015Getting the Board on Board: The OIG Releases Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight
02.09.2015Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, Winter 2015
02.06.2015The Anthem Breach: What Affected Group Plans Should Be Thinking About
12.10.2014The Connecticut Supreme Court Opens Door for Expanded Negligence Liability Based on HIPAA Violations
04.14.2014HIPAA Enforcement Update
09.30.2013Sizzling Summer of Settlements: HIPAA Enforcement is on the Rise
05.13.2013Office of Inspector General Releases Guidance on Compliance with Exclusion List Screening
04.26.2013Office of Inspector General Revamps Self-Disclosure Protocol
02.20.2013The Unusual Suspects: HIPAA's Applicability Broadly Expanded to Downstream Contractors
01.30.2013Keeping Up with HIPAA: OCR's New Omnibus Rule
01.22.2013Lessons from the Most Recent HHS HIPAA Settlement
01.16.2013Summary of Wiggin and Dana's Fifth Annual Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable on HIPAA Enforcement
12.08.2011OCR Begins HIPAA Audits
09.22.2011New Laws Add More Muscle to Connecticut False Claims Act
04.26.2011Damned If You Do And Damned If You Don't: Perspectives On The Benefits And Dangers Of The CMS Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol
01.18.2011Coming Soon to a Provider Near You: Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors and Medicaid Integrity Contractors
11.10.2010Summary of Wiggin and Dana's Third Annual Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable
08.11.2010ONC Establishes Temporary EHR Certification Program
11.04.2009Summary of Wiggin and Dana's Second Annual Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable
10.06.2009Connecticut False Claims Act: A New Arrow in the Quiver of State Regulators
06.16.2009The HITECH Act Makes Significant Changes to HIPAA Affecting Covered Entities, Business Associates and Personal Health Record Vendors
05.29.2009The Pharma-Physician Relationship: Physicians Now the Target of Enforcement Initiatives
03.11.2009Billing Federal Health Care Programs for Excluded Individuals and Entities is a Government Enforcement Priority
12.19.2008OIG Issues Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities
12.17.2007To Revise or Not to Revise, That is the Question:
CMS's Vacillation on the Medicare Clinical Trial Policy

Published Works

05.18.2018Keeping Compliance in the PictureThe Journal of American Academy of Clear Aligners
12.06.2017HIPAA: Ignore at Your Own Peril The Journal of American Academy of Clear Aligners
07.14.2016What's Hot in HIPAA Enforcement: A Year in ReviewTerralex Connections
05.02.2016What's Hot in HIPAA Enforcement: A Year in ReviewConnecticut Law Tribune
03.16.2015US State Supreme Court Expands Potential Negligence Liability for HIPAA Violations TerraLex Connection
08.01.2014HIPAA 101 for Cosmetic Orthodontic DentistsJournal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics, Summer 2014
05.14.2012Feds Step up HIPAA Compliance AuditsConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 38, No. 20
01.01.2012Darned If You Do and Darned If You Don't: Perspectives on the Benefits and Dangers of the CMS Self-Referral Disclosure ProtocolFraud & Abuse, Volume 1, Issue 1
05.16.2011Self-Reporting of Violations Has Benefits, DrawbacksConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 37, No. 20
03.30.2010Peer Review: An Alternative Resolution Process to Dentistry Malpractice ClaimsNew York State Bar Association Journal, March/April 2010, Vol. 82, No. 3
03.15.2010Connecticut False Claims Act: A New Arrow in the Quiver of State RegulatorsConnecticut Medicine, Volume 74, No. 3
02.15.2010The Pharma-Physician: Physicians Now the Target of Enforcement InitiativesConnecticut Medicine, Volume 74, No. 2
06.11.2009Government Cracks Down On 'Exclusion Billing'Connecticut Law Tribune, May 11, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 19
08.29.2008Good E-Mail Practices Will Help to Avoid ‘Smoking Gun' E-MailsWhite Collar Crime Report - BNA, Inc.
01.11.2008CMS's Question: To Revise Or Not To ReviseHealthLaw 360

Events

06.12.2018Regulatory Day with DPH
02.28.2018Long Term Care and the Law
12.08.2017You Can Run (Swim or Fly) But You Can't Hide: The EU Data Protection (GDPR) On the U.S. Doorstep
11.16.2016Bracing for a Breach
04.20.2016Third Party Liability Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities
04.13.2016Fighting Back: How HHAs Can Challenge Federal Survey Deficiencies
10.20.2015Nursing Home Collections: From Admissions to Attorneys
10.16.2015SAFE Education Program
06.23.2015HIPAA Security Rule: Implementing the Necessary Safeguards
05.14.2015The Seventh Annual Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable
04.23.20152015 Connecticut Cyber and Privacy Forum
03.24.2015Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Education Program
10.08.2014CMS New Civil Monetary Penalties for Home Care
10.03.2014Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Education Program
10.01.2014Overview of CMS Certification Survey Process
04.09.2014Prescription Drug Enforcement: Avoiding an Rx for Disaster
04.04.2014The Connecticut Medicaid Audit: A Survival Guide for Dental Practices
04.04.2014Legal Education
03.12.2014The Connecticut Medicaid Audit: A Survival Guide for Dental Practices
06.13.2013HIPAA Omnibus Rule Update and Implementation Collaborative
05.23.2013HIPAA Omnibus Rule Update and Implementation Collaborative
03.06.2013HIPAA Updates - New Rule Protects Patient Privacy, Secures Health Information
03.01.2013Don't Miss the Omnibus!: How to Comply With the New HIPAA Provisions (Hartford)
02.27.2013Don't Miss the Omnibus!: How to Comply With the New HIPAA Provisions (New Haven)
11.28.2012The Admissions Packet: Admission Agreement, Forms and Notices
11.08.2012Fifth Annual Health Care Compliance and Enforcement Roundtable
06.01.2011Auditing for Privacy Compliance, including HIPAA/HITECH, and Enforcement Update
06.08.2010Highlights of the HITECH Act
11.17.2009HITECH Overview
11.19.2008Health Care Enforcement Priorities for 2009 and the Future



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