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Missy Atwood

Germer, Beaman & Brown, PLLC
Missy Atwood, JD, is a Principal in the law firm of Germer, PLLC and Managing Partner of the firm's Austin office. Ms. Atwood represents health care providers, including several of the largest health care systems in the State of Texas. She advises clients regarding regulatory and operational compliance as well as risk management. Her expertise includes HIPAA/HITECH, EMTALA, and STARK/Anti-Kickback compliance, Joint Commission preparedness, medical staff bylaws review and drafting, physician credentialing, physician and nursing peer review, HCQIA Fair Hearings proceedings, and professional licensing and disciplinary actions. Ms. Atwood is the designated HIPAA compliance officer for several entities and has developed and presented HIPAA/HITECH/Privacy and Security training seminars across the state. She assists clients in compliance evaluations and in assessing/responding to HIPAA incidents and potential breaches. She drafts and evaluates Business Associate Agreements as well as HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. She represents clients in contested hearings and compliance audits before regulatory agencies. She is an experienced trial attorney, with more than 35 jury trials and arbitrations representing health care providers and health industry clients.