- Health Law
- Privacy & Security - HIPAA Compliance
- Clinical Trials & Research
- Privacy & Security
- Health Care
- Life Sciences
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|University ||Boston College, B.A., 1989; Suffolk University, M.P.A., 1999|
|Law School||Suffolk University, J.D., 1999|
Dianne advises a variety of health care clients on a broad range of issues, including licensure, regulatory, contractual, and risk management matters, and patient care. A large part of her practice involves counseling researchers and research sponsors in matters related to FDA and OHRP regulated clinical research, including patient consent, access to and use of tissue and associated patient information, and the Institutional Review Board process.
She also counsels health care clients and other business entities on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Standards, including new requirements under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and state-imposed medical privacy laws. She regularly assists clients with the implementation of HIPAA-mandated policies and procedures, privacy audits, third-party requests for information, and review of HIPAA-related contracts and forms. She has successfully defended clients in both civil and criminal HIPAA enforcement actions and regularly assists clients with the management of data breaches and other losses of protected health information.
Before joining Mintz Levin, Dianne was an associate staff attorney at the Lahey Clinic, where she provided general counsel services to medical, professional, and administrative staff. She also served as counsel to the Institutional Review Board, the Ethics Committee, the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Committee, and the Genetics Advisory Board. Before joining the Lahey Clinic's legal staff, she worked in the research administration department. Her responsibilities included drafting a regulatory compliance manual detailing laws of concern in basic, clinical, and animal research, continually reviewing relevant regulations to ensure compliance for institutional programs, and researching and advising clients on a broad range of regulatory matters.
Before entering law school, Dianne was a freelance writer and editor for Compliance Engineering Magazine, and served as a special projects manager and a public information coordinator for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Dianne was the first Suffolk University law student to graduate with a concentration in Health Care and Biomedical Law. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Stonehill College, teaching an undergraduate Health Care Law course.
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Five Lessons from OCR’s Report to Congress on Breaches and HIPAA Rules Compliance
Dianne J. Bourque,Stephanie D. Willis, July 3, 2014
Last week, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released two reports required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act: (i) the Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured Protected Information (Breach Report); and (ii) the Annual Report to Congress...
SAMHSA to Hold Part 2 "Listening Session"
Dianne J. Bourque, May 22, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has scheduled a “public listening session” on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to seek input on potential changes to the federal Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations at 42 CFR...
Is Your HIPAA Compliance Program Going Out the Window with XP?
Dianne J. Bourque,Cynthia J. Larose, April 11, 2014
April 8, 2014 marked the end of Microsoft’s support for the Windows XP operating system, which means the end of security updates from Microsoft and the beginning of new vulnerability to hackers and other intruders into systems still utilizing the operating system. But does the end of Windows...
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