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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Shelley Tolman, Marvin Ruth Break Down Legal Considerations for Multilevel Marketing Companies in Article for In Business

As multilevel marketing companies continue to expand nationwide, Partners Marvin Ruth and Shelley Tolman shared important legal considerations to keep top of mind in an article for In Business’s April issue. Shelley and Marvin note that the laws and standards governing the multilevel marketing industry are constantly evolving, and that companies should be aware of potential roadblocks that could cause legal issues. They then outlined three tips to help multilevel marketing businesses ensure they are compliant, including keeping records of retail sales by distributors, drawing a clear line between customers and distributors, and monitoring the accuracy of marketing and income statements. A complex commercial litigator, Shelley has experience in contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property disputes, injunctive proceedings, and class actions. She also has experience litigating government contract disputes involving kickbacks, overbilling, fraud, and the False Claims Act. Marvin...

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Andy Gordon Shares Insight on Border Wall Construction Timeline with Fox 10

In light of Congress’s failed attempt to overturn President Trump’s national emergency regarding the border wall, Fox 10 called upon Andy Gordon to discuss the wall’s potential construction timeline. Andy explained that in the first year of President Trump’s administration, funding for an additional 12 miles of the wall was approved but has not been built. He speculated that this situation will play out in a similar fashion, remaining caught up in the courts for months or even years. One of Arizona’s foremost experts in election and political law, Andy previously served as Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he primarily assisted with security issues at the Southwestern border – including the construction of the current fence – and Guantanamo. He is noted as one of the nation’s premier...

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Kristen Rosati Discusses Impact of OCR’s Potential Changes to HIPAA with Healthcare Risk Management

As one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys, Kristen Rosati was asked to share her insights on the impact of potential HIPAA changes on health care organizations in an article for Healthcare Risk Management. Kristen joined fellow legal experts to discuss the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) recent Request for Information, which sought input on how HIPAA could be changed to further improve healthcare. She noted that potential changes would affect how health care organizations handle patient data and manage care, such as including nontraditional providers and social service agencies in data sharing, and making it easier for family members and caregivers to access certain information about patients. Other changes would hinder data sharing, such as requiring health care organizations to provide extensive documentation on the disclosure of patient health records for...

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Andy Gordon Discusses the Impact of Trump’s Border Wall with CBS 5

As President Trump asserts that a wall will reduce drug trafficking and illegal immigration across the Southwestern border, CBS 5 called upon Andy Gordon to discuss the potential impact of such a wall. Recent discoveries by Mexican police have confirmed that drug smugglers have tunneled beneath the 25-foot border fence in Nogales, Mexico, circumventing the wall altogether. Others hide drugs in produce shipments and drive them through ports of entry. In Yuma, footage has surfaced of people jumping the fence. Andy notes that the areas where a border wall would be most effective already have a fence in place. The remaining land is mostly privately-owned land that the government would need to confiscate via lengthy legal proceedings. He says that while a wall seems like a logical solution, it won’t halt drug trafficking, crime, or immigration, and...

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Karen Owens Breaks Down Documentation Needs in Peer Review Processes with Hospital Peer Review

Karen Owens discussed the importance of proper documentation in the healthcare peer review process in an interview with Hospital Peer Review magazine. While some believe that keeping broad records of peer review meetings is sufficient, Karen recommends taking a more detailed approach, explaining that more substantial meeting minutes can provide proof that certain issues or topics were discussed if adversarial proceedings arise. However, meeting minutes shouldn’t be a full transcript of the meeting, which may cause unnecessary concern or retract from the issue at hand. Each hospital will have its own protocol for peer review meeting documentation, and Karen stresses the importance of finding the balance that works best for the individual facility – and its peer review committee. She also recommends that legal counsel review meeting...

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