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Our Management Team

HIPAA Experts

Comprised of the leading HIPAA experts in the field, our management team has extensive experience.

Jay Hodes

Jay Hodes - 'Colington Consulting - HIPAA - HIPAA Training - HIPAA Law - HIPAA Compliance - HIPAA - Burke, Virginia '

President and Founder

jhodes@colingtonsecurity.com

Jay Hodes is president and founder of Colington Security Consulting, LLC and a leading expert in HIPAA regulatory compliance. Mr. Hodes has over 30 years of combined experience in risk assessments, site security evaluation, policy and procedures assessments, and federal law enforcement management.  He is the former Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Utilizing his expertise in regulatory requirements, inspections and security analysis, Mr. Hodes developed HIPAA compliance services specifically designed for healthcare providers, along with those who provide services as designated business associates. Mr. Hodes has been a keynote speaker, providing presentations regarding HIPAA compliance to many professional healthcare organizations.

As an expert in risk assessments and security analysis, his background includes:

  • Publishing over 40 educational articles regarding HIPAA compliance and a guest post in the Electronic Health Reporter
  • Certification by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry and the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners to provide continuing education classes in HIPAA compliance
  • Supervising over 200 special agents and professional support staff responsible for health care fraud investigations and law enforcement efforts throughout the eastern United States
  • Assembling and leading an OIG cross-component team tasked with congressional inquiries regarding employee whistleblower allegations of IT privacy issues
  • Regularly evaluating and assessing physical security standards for safeguarding employees, office locations, and sensitive law enforcement equipment
  • Extensive training from the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, and the US General Services Administration
  • Actively participating as a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, American Institute of Healthcare Compliance; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; American Society for Industrial Security; Practice Management Association of Northern Virginia; and the Health Technology Forum: DC.

Mr. Hodes has been interviewed and provided comments to Part B News articles, the Report on Patient Privacy, provided a guest post in the Electronic Health Reporter, interviewed and provided comments to Hospital Access Management regarding HIPAA privacy issues resulting from the Orlando mass shooting incident, interviewed three times by Renal & Urology News and the Virtru.com blog regarding HIPAA requirements and safeguards,interviewed by PracticeSuite EMR as part of their Expert Interview Series, and ABC “World News Tonight” and CNBC regarding OIG training standards.

Mr. Hodes is available to speak to your organization about HIPAA compliance requirements. For more information and scheduling, please contact Mr. Hodes.

Deborah Whitford

Deborah Whitford - 'Colington Consulting - HIPAA - HIPAA Training - HIPAA Law - HIPAA Compliance - HIPAA - Burke, Virginia '

Vice President – Policy & Client Management

dwhitford@colingtonsecurity.com

Deborah has over 30 years of experience in technical writing, editing, software training, and business document production.

Her specialized background includes:

  • Developing customized policies and procedures for HIPAA Risk Management Plans.
  • Design, editing, and production of National Baldrige Award applications in the healthcare sector, including the 2011 National Baldrige Award winner.
  • Technical writer and editor for an online medical information web portal for Washington, DC and Maryland-based clinicians.
  • Writing and designing training materials for a computer-based clinical information system for MedStar Health.
  • Writing and designing electronic health record (EHR) tutorials for medical staff and clinicians.

Patrick Halford

Senior Advisor - HIPAA Compliance

Patrick Halford serves as a senior advisor for HIPAA compliance at Colington Consulting.  Patrick is a seasoned Healthcare Privacy Compliance professional and certified Information/Records manager with more than 14 years of proven expertise in the areas of Information Management, Records Management, HIPAA, Privacy and Information Security.  In addition to being a Certified Records Manager, Halford is certified through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and Compliance Certification Board (CCB). 

Mr. Halford is the former Chief Privacy/FOIA Officer- Alternate Chief of Health Information Management for the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia. 

His specialized expertise and background includes:

  • Compliance education in HIPAA privacy/security
  • Comprehensive records management and archives administration to include electronic records management systems (SalesForce, SharePoint, and Tableau).
  • Design, management and evaluation of organizational or enterprise Privacy, Compliance, Freedom of Information Act, and Records Management processes, systems and programs.
  • Assessment of organizational effectiveness and periodic evaluation of the organization’s collection, use, storage and maintenance of sensitive personal information.
  • Performing privacy/security breach investigations and risk assessments
  • Developing and presenting HIPAA and OSHA compliance presentations to professional healthcare organizations
  • US Air Force Veteran 
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