About the Author

Edward D. Jones III

Ed_Jones_BioEd Jones is a full-time resident of Seabrook Island, SC, author, owner of Cornichon Healthcare Select, LLC (www.HIPAAIntegrity.com), and President of HIPAA, LLC in Beaufort, SC (www.HIPAA.com).

Ed and his colleagues at Cornichon consult with health care stakeholders on enabling regulations and electronic business strategies related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, they consult with electronic health record (EHR) systems vendors on certification requirements and with hospitals and physician groups on implementation of EHR and practice management systems, management of the revenue cycle, evaluation of gaps in HIPAA privacy and security compliance, and implementation of HITECH Act breach notification protocols and recovery from breach. For business associates, Cornichon consults on risk assessment, sample policy and procedure, and documentation management solutions for achieving HIPAA privacy and security compliance and in support of cyber-security insurance underwriting.

Ed brings considerable health care industry and business leadership to Cornichon. His peers elected him for two terms as the 2003-2004 chair of the board of directors of WEDI—the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an association of more than 400 corporate and government members. WEDI was founded by former secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Louis W. Sullivan, MD, and is an advisor to the secretary of HHS and National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on design and implementation of HIPAA and HITECH Act administrative simplification standards and on electronic business and clinical tools in health care. Ed also was a founding commissioner of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and an architect of its accreditation criteria for security, serving from 1994 to 2003. He currently serves on EHNAC’s Policy Advisory Board.

In March 2013, after a national RFQ competition, WEDI selected Ed to manage the 2013 WEDI Report project and write the 2013 WEDI Report (www.wedi.org/topics/2013-wedi-report). Toward that end, WEDI created the Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation to facilitate implementation of the 2013 WEDI Report recommendations. Ed is a member of the Sullivan Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Until it was acquired in December 1999, Ed served as senior vice president and member of the CEO’s Executive Operations Committee of the NYSE-company, The Centris Group, Inc., which comprised seven subsidiary companies with a core focus on underwriting, insuring, and reinsuring self-funded health plans for US employers. Before joining Centris in 1993, Ed served as executive vice president and as a member of the board of directors of Medical Review Systems, a firm that he co-founded in 1990 and that was acquired in 1995 by Equifax. Before that, he served as a consultant to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the US Sentencing Commission, and firms in insurance and other industries; and held senior positions in the US Department of Justice and Central Intelligence Agency.

Ed is the co-author with Carolyn Hartley of ten books for AMA and the American Dental Association (ADA):

  • HIPAA Plain & Simple: A Compliance Guide for Health Care Professionals, Foreword by Louis Sullivan, MD (AMA Press, September 2003).
  • HIPAA Transactions: A Non-Technical Business Guide for Health Care, Foreword by Kepa Zubeldia, MD (AMA Press, January 2004).
  • HIPAA Security Kit for Dentists (ADA, June 2004).
  • EHR Implementation: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Medical Practice, Foreword by Newt Gingrich (AMA Press, January 2005).
  • Technical and Financial Guide to EHR Implementation (AMA, 2007).
  • Policies and Procedures for the Electronic Medical Practice (AMA, January 2010). Addendum, July 2010.
  • ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security Kit (ADA, March 2010).
  • HIPAA Plain & Simple: A Health Care Professional’s Guide to Achieve HIPAA and HITECH Compliance (2nd Edition), Forewords by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. and David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D (AMA, 2011).
  • EHR Implementation: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Medical Practice (2nd Edition) (AMA, 2012).
  • HIPAA Plain & Simple: After the Final Rule (3rd Edition), Foreword by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.(AMA, 2014).

Ed also is the solo author of the electronic “book” content on Cornichon’s Web site: www.HIPAAIntegrity.com, and through a mobile device reader if that Web site is accessed via a mobile device.

Ed and his colleagues at HIPAA, LLC offer at www.HIPAA.com an online HIPAA and HITECH Act privacy and security training course for covered entities and business associates. This course is accredited for CME by the American Medical Association (AMA) and for CEU by AHIMA, PAHCOM, and AAPC. This course was developed in a partnership with the AMA.

Ed holds degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. He can be reached at edj3@me.com.