Lynn Sessions

Partner

Houston
T 713.646.1352  |  F 713.751.1717

With more than 20 years of working with healthcare industry clients, Lynn Sessions focuses her practice on healthcare operations and regulatory work, with an emphasis on healthcare privacy and data security, breach response, and HIPAA compliance. Having previously served as in-house counsel and director of several departments at a nationally ranked children's hospital, Lynn collaborates closely with healthcare clients and approaches her legal representation from a client's perspective. 

Lynn is a frequent speaker on a range of topics affecting health industry clients, including HIPAA compliance, data breach response, cyber and network security, enterprise risk management, EMTALA, handling adverse patient events and insurance and risk financing. Lynn is also a regular contributor to BakerHostetler's Data Privacy Monitor blog, available at www.dataprivacymonitor.com, as well as the Health Law Update.

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  • Has handled more than 150 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, Lynn provides counsel to healthcare providers and other covered entities on breach analysis, breach response, crisis management with patients, media and employees, and regulatory notification obligations to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and state attorneys general.
  • Has responded to more than 30 post-breach investigations from the OCR and state attorneys general arising from large and small data breaches reported by covered entities and has successfully defended healthcare organizations in these investigations.
  • Regularly advises hospitals on Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
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Experience

Privacy and Data Security 
  • Has handled more than 150 healthcare data breaches, including several of the largest breaches reported to date. In her representation, Lynn provides counsel to health care providers and other covered entities on breach analysis, breach response, crisis management with patients, media and employees, and regulatory notification obligations to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and state attorneys general.
  • Has responded to more than 30 post-breach investigations from the OCR and state attorneys general arising from large and small data breaches reported by covered entities and has successfully defended healthcare organizations in these investigations.
  • Advises clients on HIPAA compliance, including preparation of policies and procedures, notice of privacy practices, business associate agreements, and incident response plans. Works with healthcare organizations post-data breach to strengthen safeguards under HIPAA and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • Advises with large non-healthcare employers on HIPAA issues for their self-insured health plans and onsite provider clinics on HIPAA compliance, including policies and procedures, business associate arrangements, and sharing of employee information.  
Operations and Regulatory Practice 
  • Regularly advises hospitals on Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
  • Conducted an audit of a top children’s hospital's risk management department and advised on departmental and operational changes for improved function within the hospital.
  • Develops and enhances credentialing and peer review processes for hospitals and physician groups.
  • Advises hospitals and large physician practices on informed consent, release of information patient information, affiliation agreements, and privileging of peer review and quality review activities. 

Recognitions

  • Burton Award: Distinguished Writing Award for "Anatomy of Healthcare Data Breach" (2013)
  • American Leadership Forum: Senior Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2005)
  • Rice University, Jesse H. Jones School of Management Executive Education: Executive Education in Medical and Healthcare Management Certification
  • Texas Children's Hospital: Advanced Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Certification
  • Development Dimensions International: Strategic Leadership

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • AHLA Enterprise Risk Management Task Force: Vice Chair
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

Alerts

Articles

Community

  • Children at Risk: Board of Directors, Chair of Development
  • Immunization Partnership: Board of Directors

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Texas Children's Hospital: Director and In-House Counsel (2004 to 2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Texas, 1993

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University Law School, 1993, Order of Barristers
  • B.A., Texas A&M University, 1989

Blog

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Data Privacy Monitor
With OpenSSL Compromised by Heartbleed, an Opportunity for Companies to Diversify Cyber Security Efforts
April 14, 2014
The recent discovery of the “Heartbleed” online bug has sent shockwaves through the internet, causing companies and individuals alike to question very basic assumptions about cyber security. The bug has allegedly existed for the past two...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Statute
April 14, 2014
On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B. 232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation.  Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including Alabama, New...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Privacy Law in a Nutshell
April 11, 2014
BakerHostetler Privacy & Data Security partner Erica Gann Kitaev is a co-author of the recently published Privacy Law in a Nutshell, Second Edition, through West Academic Publishing. Legal issues related to privacy are exploding in the...
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Data Privacy Monitor
Ill Conceived California Privacy Bill Threatens Viability Of Commercial Educational Online Services
April 11, 2014
SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature.  This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students.  It would drastically expand the...
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ONC’s Security Risk Assessment Tool Is Useful but Could Be Improved
April 9, 2014
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a Security Risk Assessment Tool (SRA Tool) on March 28.  According to the User Guide for the SRA Tool (available here), the Tool is designed to help...
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