# 010781Lawyers Handling Patient Records Face New Requirements & Ethical Considerations: Are you prepared to comply with HIPAA's Privacy and Security Requirements?
If you or your law firm handles patient medical information in the course of representing your clients, you will become subject to a number of new requirements on February 17, 2010. As a result of those new requirements, you must adopt policies and safeguards to comply with the Federal Privacy and Security Regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA").
Due to recent legislation, lawyers who have access to patient information in the course of their work will, for the first time, be directly subject to HIPAA requirements - which can include mandatory disclosure of violations to clients, patients, the government, and even the media - and they may face civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
The program will review the nuts and bolts of HIPAA's requirements for attorneys who need to implement the necessary privacy and security safeguards. It will also cover some of the ethical issues that arise where the HIPAA requirements intersect with California attorneys' professional obligations to their clients