Melissa Soliz Discusses Impact of Data Privacy Laws on Opioid Epidemic with KTAR

Regulatory health care attorney Melissa Soliz explained how data privacy laws can impede effective treatment for opioid addiction in an interview with KTAR News Radio.  Melissa explained that 42 C.F.R. Part 2, the federal Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Record regulations, limits how doctors and treatment centers can exchange information for treatment purposes. In many cases, the Part 2 regulations prevent providers from learning of a patient’s opioid addiction, and they may prescribe an opioid by mistake, triggering a relapse or overdose. An act of Congress is needed to remove Part 2’s barriers to effective treatment.  Melissa focuses her practice on HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 compliance, data breaches and OCR investigations, electronic health records and health information exchanges, compliance with opioid treatment laws and...

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Best Lawyers® Honors 14 Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys; One Named “Lawyer of the Year”

We are proud to announce that 14 of our 20 attorneys have been recognized for exceptional work in 18 practice areas in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers®. Among the honorees, Andy Gordon has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Phoenix, an honor given to the top attorney in the region practicing in a specific field of law.  The Best Lawyers in America© is the longest-running peer-review publication in the legal profession. Each year, Best Lawyers conducts comprehensive surveys of tens of thousands of lawyers who confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Based on the results of these surveys, the publication designates the year’s leading lawyers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Coppersmith Brockelman attorneys recognized in the 2020 edition are: 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” in...

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Melissa Soliz Appointed to Arizona Department of Health Services’ Human Subjects Review Board

Regulatory health care attorney Melissa Soliz has been appointed to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Human Subjects Review Board, which protects people involved in biomedical and behavioral research. As a member of the board, Melissa helps assess the risks and benefits of research proposals and ensures informed consent, which is an ethical requirement for research with human subjects. The board also reviews research proposals to ensure the privacy and confidential information of human subjects remains protected. Melissa focuses her practice on HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 compliance (the federal Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Record regulations), data breaches and OCR investigations, electronic health records and health information exchanges, compliance with opioid treatment laws and regulations, data sharing for research and clinical integration, and clinical...

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Roopali Desai Weighs in on Recent Update to Arizona’s Elections Procedure Manual in KJZZ Interview

As one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys, Roopali Desai provided insights to KJZZ news radio about the recent and critical update to the Elections Procedure Manual. Roopali points out there have been significant changes in election law since the last manual was put into effect in 2014. The updated manual, which Secretary of State Katie Hobbs released on August 9, is intended to provide specific procedural guidance and explanations to help county officials conduct elections that follow current law. Roopali noted there is a 60-day period for the community to provide feedback on the manual. The Secretary’s office is working with county officials to get their feedback, and will revise the manual as needed. The updated manual will be submitted to the Attorney General’s...

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Andy Gordon Shares Journey with Multiple Myeloma in Healthline Article

Andy Gordon is widely known as one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys. He’s also a survivor of multiple myeloma, a cancer that causes an overgrowth of plasma cells in the bone marrow, affecting more than 30,000 Americans each year. Andy has lived with the disease since 2009. In an effort to help others diagnosed with multiple myeloma, Andy shared tips for managing treatment in an article for Healthline.  Andy recommends patients get a second medical opinion on diagnoses to ensure they’re on the best treatment plan. He also urges patients to bring someone they trust to medical appointments to take notes and help manage communication. Staying active, having a sense of humor and celebrating small victories are all key aspects of success,...

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Scott Bennett Shares Risks, Tips for Implementing Connected Devices in Health Care in Article for Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law

As health care organizations become more reliant on connected devices to deliver care and track patient data, legal risks and liabilities abound. Scott Bennett broke down key risks and shared tips for implementing connected devices in an article for the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law. Connected devices can range from smart watches and smartphones to infusion pumps, patient beds, and much more. When implemented properly, connected devices can positively impact patient care and safety, allowing for more timely care interventions and improving operational efficiency. Scott and his co-authors discussed the legal implications of using connected devices in health care; specifically risks of patient harm, data privacy issues, treatment interruption, and other liability concerns. They provided background and tips to legally acquire and use connected devices while reducing risks.   Scott has significant experience representing hospitals and other health...

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