Anna L. Spencer

ANNA SPENCER is a nationally regarded lawyer whose practice focuses on the privacy and security of health information. As Sidley’s global coordinator for health information policy, Anna helps companies leverage data assets, respond to data breaches and develop rules involving for the electronic exchange of health information. In 2012, Sidley received from Chambers USA a Spotlight table ranking in Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare (Nationwide). Anna was recently recognized by Legal 500 United States: 2013 Edition, for her HIPAA counseling experience.

Anna helps her clients protect and maximize the value of their data assets and increase efficiencies, lower costs and improve their delivery of health care. Her experience includes:

Counseling a broad range of clients, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, health care providers, auditing firms, employers that sponsor group health plans, and entities that qualify as business associates, on healthcare information privacy and security issues. She assists clients with respect to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and amendments made to HIPAA by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”). She also advises clients on various state health care privacy laws, including state health information privacy and marketing laws.
Investigating and responding to data breaches and information security incidents. Anna has represented clients in connection with data breach reporting obligations under the new HITECH regulations for breaches of protected health information and defended health care providers in investigations initiated by the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services.
Advising clients on privacy and security compliance issues associated with cloud computing, clinical trials, patient assistance programs, point-of-sale messaging, sales and marketing practices, and de-identification of data sets, among others. In connection with these matters, Anna frequently addresses emerging issues, such as the applicability of genetic information privacy law and HIPAA to tissue samples collected during clinical trials.

In addition, Anna has developed multiple HIPAA privacy and security compliance and training programs on behalf of covered entities and entities that qualify as HIPAA business associates. She also has negotiated hundreds of Business Associate Agreements on behalf of various clients.

Anna speaks on privacy/security matters on behalf of numerous groups such as BNA and the American Conference Institute. She recently authored the book Health Information Privacy and Security, published by Bloomberg BNA, and has authored a variety of articles on privacy/security issues, Medicare coverage, and fraud and abuse.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Healthcare, 2) Privacy and 3) Data Security and Information Law
Law School Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.,1995
Admitted Year 1995
Education Sewanee, B.A., 1992
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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