COVID-19 LEGISLATION

COVID-19 LEGISLATION: What Employers Need to Know

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), which includes two sections providing emergency paid leave rights to employees. After some modifications by the House on Monday, the bill went to the Senate, which overwhelmingly approved it on Wednesday, March 18. President Trump signed it the same day.  The two leave-related components of the legislation take effect on April 2, 2020, 15 days after enactment, and sunset (expire) on December 31, 2020. For unstated reasons – but likely a political compromise – the law applies only to private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees. (It also applies to public agencies of all sizes.) Below is a summary of what such employers need...

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Melissa Soliz Discusses Health Information Privacy with Pinal County Justice System

The justice system often needs access to health information in order to ensure fair and equitable justice, but is often unaware of the complex web of state and federal privacy laws that restrict when health care providers may share health information with justice system personnel. This lack of understanding often creates tension and confusion between the health care system and the justice system. To close that gap in understanding, Health Current (Arizona’s statewide health information) provided an educational seminar to the Pinal County justice system on how to navigate health information privacy laws for justice system purposes.    During the presentation, titled “The Privacy of Health Information and the Judicial System: HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2 and State Law,” Melissa Soliz and co-presenter Chase Millea provided an overview of...

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Kristen Rosati’s Health Care Data Expertise Included in Proceedings from National Academies Workshop on Neuroscience Data in the Cloud

American Health Lawyers Association Taps Kristen Rosati to Plan Conference and Moderate Panel

As a nationally recognized leader in health care law, Kristen Rosati was invited for a fourth year to be on the program planning committee for the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute. Kristen was also invited to moderate a panel on “Doing Deals in the Genomic and Big Data Era.” Attracting top in-house and outside counsel who advise the nation's leading teaching hospitals and medical centers, this annual event addresses the unique legal issues they face. Kristen and the planning committee developed content programming, including in-depth sessions covering genomic medicine, Big Data, and foreign influence on research.  During the conference, which was in late January in Arlington, Va., Kristen moderated a panel discussion about “Doing Deals in the Genomic and Big Data Era.” She and...

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Sam Coppersmith Covers the Complexities of Private Foundations During National Business Institute Webinar

Sam Coppersmith Covers the Complexities of Private Foundations During National Business Institute Webinar

The legal and tax aspects of private foundations can be a complex undertaking. In the recent National Business Institute (NBI) webinar, “Private Foundations From Start to Finish,” Sam Coppersmith and his panel of co-presenters provided insight to help lawyers advise clients in this area of law. Specifically, he spoke on: Different types of private foundations, funding and giving options, and rules governing non-operating foundations vs. operating foundations. Organizing and governing a private foundation, foundation board considerations, and the investment of funds and distribution. Filing necessary tax returns, IRS Form 990 – PF, IRS Form 990 – T, requirements, contributions, disbursements, expenses, and more.Changes for exempt organizations, including private foundations, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Sam has more than three decades of experience assisting local and national businesses and nonprofit entities as...

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Three Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys Present at Arizona Health Law Basics Conference

Three Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys Present at Arizona Health Law Basics Conference

Our nationally recognized health care practice made an impressive showing at the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys’ (AzSHA) Arizona Health Law Basics Conference at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Attorneys Scott Bennett, Marki Stewart, and Melissa Soliz offered expertise on various health care legal matters in educational seminars at the event.   Scott and Marki participated in the “Emergent Technologies” panel, sharing knowledge of developing telehealth technologies, and explaining the impact of artificial intelligence on health care. Marki spoke about licensing procedures, board exams, and peer review processes in a presentation titled “ADHS Licensing, Professional Boards and Peer Review.”Melissa presented on compliance issues in “Privacy Survey: HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, GDPR and State Laws.”  Scott has extensive experience assisting clients in health care and other industries with information privacy and...

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Karen Owens Reappointed to Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors

Karen Owens Reappointed to Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors

With a long-standing commitment to advancing health care law in Arizona, attorney Karen Owens has been reappointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA). She will serve a 3-year term.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Karen will organize a variety of educational seminars and conferences for members, focusing on current issues impacting the health care industry. AzSHA provides a forum for health care lawyers to network, participate in ongoing professional development, exchange ideas, and more. Karen helped co-found AzSHA in 1992, when the organization was known as the Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers. Karen represents health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and other providers in a variety of matters, including quality management, medical staff credentialing and peer review, medical staff structures,...

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