Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap Discuss Healthcare Records Access During State Bar of Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Program

Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap Discuss Healthcare Records Access During State Bar of Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Program

Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap recently shared their expertise in health care data privacy in a presentation to fellow lawyers at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual Workers’ Compensation Program in Prescott.  The presentation began with an overview of HIPAA, breaking down relevant HIPAA exceptions related to workers’ compensation cases. Mel and Erin then provided historical background on 42 C.F.R. Part 2, which regulates substance use disorder records, explaining how to determine if Part 2 applies to workers’ compensation issues. They also touched on considerations related to state privacy laws and shared case examples to illustrate how a real workers’ compensation situation could play out. The presentation triggered interesting dialogue among the attendees, highlighting the importance of this topic in the worker’s compensation context.    Melissa focuses her practice on...

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Scott Bennett Reappointed Chair of American Health Lawyers Association’s Digital Health Affinity Group

With significant experience representing hospitals and other health care organizations, Scott Bennett has been reappointed Chair of the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Digital Health Affinity Group, a subset of the organization’s Health Information and Technology Practice Group. Scott will serve a one-year term. As chair, he oversees four vice chairs who develop written publications and webinars. Scott also maintains communication with group members, informing them about important issues relating to health care technology.  “I’ve been involved with AHLA since 2016, and I’m eager to use my expertise in health care and security to help advance the Practice Group,” said Scott. “The health care industry is constantly evolving, and the educational resources that we provide attorneys are critical for staying informed about new regulations, technologies, operational efficiencies and best practices...

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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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Andy Gaona Elected President of Board of Directors of Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest

Andy Gaona, an accomplished election lawyer and commercial litigator, was recently elected President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. He will serve a two-year term at the helm, helping to guide the nonprofit law firm in fulfilling its mission of ensuring government accountability and protecting the rights of underserved Arizonans. Founded in 1974, the Center represents individuals and groups in matters involving clean air and water, education and school finance, open government, and healthcare for vulnerable populations, among other critical issues. Staff attorneys litigate and advocate before administrative agencies and the courts at no charge to their clients. The Board of Directors approves litigation and assists with strategic planning and fundraising. Andy has served on the board since 2014. “The Center fills a critical gap in Arizona’s...

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Roopali Desai Appointed to Arizona Secretary of State’s Transition Team

With extensive experience in election and political law, Coppersmith Brockelman Partner Roopali Desai will join fellow Arizona leaders as a member of Secretary of State-elect Katie Hobbs’ transition team. Roopali has been a longtime advisor to many elections officials throughout Arizona, and is honored to have the opportunity to provide her counsel and perspective to Arizona’s Chief Election Officer regarding her transition. The transition team is made up of attorneys, members of city and county governments across the state, and other community leaders. Roopali advises clients on all aspects of political and election law including campaign strategy, campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and defending election challenges. She is especially known for her experience representing initiative, referendum, and recall campaigns, and has served as...

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Kristen Rosati to Help Guide Innovation in Health Care as Member of the Health Futures Council at Arizona State University

Nationally-recognized health care attorney Kristen Rosati has been invited to join Arizona State University’s (ASU) Health Futures Council, a group convened to guide and support the university's health-related research, education and clinical programs. Kristen joins fellow leaders from various corners of the health care industry, including representatives from prestigious health systems, health insurance companies, education, research institutes, and digital health companies. This unique and specialized body of leaders provides strategic input into ASU’s health-related activities, working to encourage further research, collaboration, and partnerships. ASU has been continually ranked No. 1 in the nation for innovation by U.S. News & World Report, and the Health Futures Council helps keep that innovation in motion. Kristen is considered one of the nation’s leading HIPAA compliance attorneys. An expert in “Big Data,”...

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