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Pat G. Ouellette

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Pat is an attorney who focuses his practice on representing health care organizations and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional–US (CIPP–US). He advises clients on a broad spectrum of regulatory, compliance, data privacy, and transactional matters. He has experience drafting and negotiating health care services agreements and with technology transactions as well as counseling clients on state licensure rules, compliance with fraud and abuse laws, and privacy and data protection issues.

Prior to joining Mintz, Pat was corporate counsel for a Massachusetts-based company that provides products and services to individuals with renal disease. In that role, he provided counsel on a broad range of regulatory and compliance matters and drafted and negotiated acute care and other health services agreements. Earlier, he was an assistant general counsel for information technology with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he negotiated technology transaction agreements and assisted with privacy issues. He also previously worked as an attorney with a Massachusetts-based consulting company focused on health care cost containment.

Pat earned his JD with a concentration in Health & Biomedical Law. In law school, he served as chief content editor of Suffolk Law’s Journal of Health & Biomedical Law.

While attending law school, Pat worked in the development office of a teaching hospital affiliated with a preeminent medical school. He also served as a legal intern in the hospital’s Office of the General Counsel and as a certified student attorney with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Before law school, Pat worked as sports writer and an editor for B2B health care and technology publications.

Pat is an editor of and contributor to the firm's Health Care Viewpoints.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, with distinction)
  • University of Rhode Island (BA)

Involvement

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

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Viewpoints

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OIG Approves Manufacturer’s Offer of Free Genetic Testing

April 14, 2022 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch, Theresa Carnegie, Pat Ouellette

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently published an Advisory Opinion in which it concluded that the provision of free genetic testing and counseling services by a pharmaceutical manufacturer would not result in the imposition of sanctions under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the beneficiary inducements civil monetary penalty provision (Beneficiary Inducements CMP).  This Advisory Opinion is the first to address this type of arrangement and thus provides useful insight for the health care and life sciences industries.
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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain industry feedback and inform potential future rulemaking regarding information security practices and civil money penalties (CMPs) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the HIPAA Security Rule. OCR is seeking input on how HIPAA covered entities and business associates are operationalizing “recognized security practices” as defined by Public Law 116-321. It is also requesting commentary on the methodologies used to disperse CMPs to individuals harmed by violations of certain privacy or security provisions of the HITECH Act or the Social Security Act, which we will cover in a separate post.
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The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leadership announced during last week’s HIMSS 2022 Conference that the agencies will be focusing on information blocking enforcement for the remainder of 2022. This blog post discusses the importance of closing the enforcement gap and the development of disincentives for health care providers. 
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Health care providers, health information networks, health information exchanges, and health IT developers of certified health IT will want to take note of the information blocking claim submission trends recently published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
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In this episode of the Health Law Diagnosed podcast, members of the Mintz Health Law team discuss their health law–focused 2022 New Year’s resolutions and how they’re helping clients and colleagues navigate the continued challenges and opportunities of the current era.
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Information Blocking Rule: Key Considerations for 2022

December 29, 2021 | Blog | By Pat Ouellette

While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the 21st Century Cures Act; Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Information Blocking Final Rule) back in May 2020, many entities are still parsing out compliance strategies and seeking additional regulatory guidance to understand how the rule will be enforced. Broadly-speaking, information blocking is a practice that is likely to interfere with, prevent, or discourage access, exchange, or use of electronic health information (EHI). For example, a health system might require patient written consent before sharing the patient’s EHI with unaffiliated providers. Another example of information blocking is that a health IT developer might charge a fee to a health care provider to perform an export of EHI so that the provider can switch to a different health IT platform.
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News & Press

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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette co-authored an article published by the American Health Law Association titled "Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D 2022 Final Rule". 
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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette co-authored an article published by Compliance Today titled "'Low-Hanging Fruit' and Other Recent HIPAA Compliance Items".
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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette co-authored an article published by The Health Lawyer titled "Analyzing the First Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (EKRA) Enforcement Action and Its Application to Federal and State False Claims Statutes".
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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette authored an article published by Health Law Weekly titled "Comparing and Contrasting AKS and EKRA Safe Harbors: Clinical Lab Impact". 
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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette authored an article published by The Self-Insurer titled "The Practical Impact of Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Tex., Inc. on ERISA Denials of Benefits". 
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Mintz Associate Patrick Ouellette authored an article published by Journal of Health & Biomedical Law titled "Class Arguing False Advertising of Health Supplement Meets Sixth Circuit's Moderate Rule 23 Standards".

Events

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Apr
22
2022

BBA Webinar: Friday Fundamentals Series

Boston Bar Association

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