Biography

I am a partner in the law firm of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. I provide business and legal  advice a variety of business and health care clients, including hospitals, home health providers, health technology companies, QIOs, clinics, physicians and health care trade organizations.

I represent health care providers involved in regulatory litigation and compliance, certificate of need, professional disciplinary and licensure matters, and transactions. I advise clients on implementing regulatory compliance policies and procedures, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, health data and privacy issues, and data security breaches.

I am experience in the application of technology to the practice of law and medicine, including issues surrounding social networking, the health 2.0 movement, privacy and security of health data, personal health records, health information exchanges, the evolution and adoption of electronic health record systems, implementation of health information systems and other technology issues impacting the health care industry.

Governor Joe Manchin appointed me to the Board of the West Virginia Health Information Network, which promotes the design, implementation and operation of a fully interoperable statewide health network to facilitate public and private use of health care data. Since 2006, I have served as Co-Chair for the American Health Lawyers Association’s Privacy and Security Compliance and Enforcement Health Information Technology Affinity Group. Prior to joining my firm, I held the position of Assistant General Counsel for the West Virginia Health Care Authority (1998 – 2001).

I am a proud graduate from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia in 1988 with a BA, English and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1993 with a JD.

I founded Health Care Law Blog in 2004, which focuses on health care and legal issues, health care law related industry news, privacy, security, health care social media, technology and other odds and ends.

Email me at: RCoffield-at-fsblaw.com