Cheryl Camin Murray is a shareholder in Winstead's healthcare industry group and the corporate securities/mergers and acquisitions group. Her practice focuses on healthcare matters, advising providers and businesses on entity formation, as well as structural, contractual, and regulatory healthcare issues. She received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center, and earned a B.A. at Texas A&M University.

Don’t Mess With Texas—A Summary of State Laws Concerning Health Information

In May of 2011, Texas passed House Bill 300, which amends the Texas Health and Safety Code and contains privacy requirements that are more stringent than the federal privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  In particular, this new Texas law imposes requirements regarding training, electronic health records access, sales of protected health information, notice and authorization for electronic disclosures, enforcement and disciplinary actions, and audits of covered entities. This law was effective on September 1, 2012. So, as move farther into 2013, companies impacted by this Texas law should confirm their compliance with… Full Story

Prioritizing C. Diff Infection Prevention

In 2008, my grandmother was admitted to a hospital in Ohio for a heart condition and contracted a Clostridium difficile (also known as “C. diff”) infection, which ultimately ended her life. I witnessed hospital staff subscribing her antibiotics without administering probiotics, washing with alcohol-based sanitizers rather than soap and water, and failing to disinfect her room. The elderly and individuals taking antibiotics are extremely vulnerable to contracting C. diff in the healthcare settings such as nursing homes and hospitals. Individuals older than 65 account for approximately 90 percent of all deaths from CDIs. This is a deadly and costly epidemic, which… Full Story