About Apgar and Associates
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon and serving clients nationwide, Chris Apgar founded Apgar & Associates, LLC in April 2004 to address the healthcare industry’s growing privacy and security compliance needs that were the result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and newly developed state laws regarding identity theft. While our roots are in healthcare, we serve other industries as well. We have also expanded our nationwide HIPAA privacy and security compliance services to address the need for assistance with expanded use of electronic health information exchange.
Chris Apgar, CISSP, President and CEO
Chris Apgar, CISSP, CEO and president of Apgar & Associates, LLC and former HIPAA Compliance officer for Providence Health Plans, is a nationally recognized expert and educational instructor on information security, privacy, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, state privacy law and electronic health information exchange. He’s a frequent instructor and panelist for leading national industry groups such as AISHealth, HCPro, HIMSS, Healthcare IT News, and HCCA.
Chris served for eight years as a member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Board of Directors. He is co-chair of the WEDI Regional Affiliates Workgroup and the HIE Workgroup. He is the secretary and member of the Oregon & S.W. Washington Healthcare, Privacy and Security Forum Board of Directors and has been a member for the past thirteen years. On a local level, Chris develops and conducts educational webinars for the Oregon Medical Association (OMA), assisting physicians and other medical professionals with privacy and security and regulatory compliance.
His clients range from small to large health plans, physician groups and hospitals, healthcare clearinghouses, vendors, non-profits, government agencies, and healthcare associations. He is a nationally known speaker and author. Most recently Chris authored the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide chapter on the regulatory aspects of health IT.
Julia Huddleston, CIPP, CIPM
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Julia Huddleston joined Apgar & Associates in September 2010, after nearly 25 years of state government management. During that time, her career revolved around the systems and methods that state and federal governments use to determine how much to pay service providers, and she has expert knowledge of the finances of healthcare – particularly as related to Medicare and Medicaid. A highly successful grant writer, she has successfully authored and designed multi-million grant programs through both the federal government and philanthropic foundations.
Julia, a Certified Information Privacy Manager as well as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, works with Apgar & Associates clients on compliance assessments, security risk analysis and policy and procedure review and implementation. She also oversees and directs Apgar & Associates’ day-to-day business functions, including finance, operations and marketing.
Kevin Haralson, Senior Compliance Analyst
Kevin Haralson joined Apgar & Associates, LLC in March 2014 after seven years in long-term care on the administrative side. He also worked five years in acute care settings with direct patient care while at Kaiser Permanente and in the United States Navy. He brings 12 years of healthcare industry experience and provider-level knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations to Apgar & Associates clients. Kevin has an MBA with a focus in healthcare management from Marylhurst University in Oregon and is currently at work on his CHPC certification.
At Apgar & Associates, we know what we know and don’t pretend to be other than what we are – experts in HIPAA, privacy and information security compliance. Should your needs or project scope call for it, we collaborate with and engage vetted, personally trusted professionals whose expertise complements and supports our own. Your business is too important for us to do less.