Rachel Maddow Invites Roopali Desai to Share Insight on Arizona’s Ballot Audit

Rachel Maddow Invites Roopali Desai to Share Insight on Arizona’s Ballot Audit

Representing Arizona Democrats in a lawsuit to stop a ballot audit, Roopali Desai appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the Republican-majority state senate’s effort to recount Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 presidential election. Roopali expressed concern about the audit’s lack of transparency and long-term impacts on the public’s trust in democratic processes. Questions swirl around the recount, but answers are hard to find. As Roopali explains, it’s unclear what Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based private contractor conducting the audit, wants to uncover or their procedures. Despite a judge’s orders to disclose procedures proving compliance with state law, Cyber Ninjas filed a motion saying this would create security issues or reveal trade secrets. Moreover, Roopali contends because the operation is partially tax-dollar-funded, taxpayers...

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Melissa Soliz Educates American Bar Association on Changes to Health Privacy & Data Rules

Melissa Soliz Informs Medical Practice Compliance Alert Readers about Interoperability and Clinical Notes

Under the new interoperability rules, health care providers should be prepared to share electronic health information — including clinical notes — with patients who request it. Medical Practice Compliance Alert recently turned to health care compliance attorney Melissa Soliz to help readers understand this requirement. Working closely with community health information exchanges, health care providers and health plans, Mel helps create compliance programs that meet new interoperability requirements. Industry outlets frequently turn to her for insight and she has been active in state and federal policy making on data privacy and health information exchange issues. Read the full article here. The article originally appeared in Medical Practice Compliance Alert, the authoritative leader on all things compliance....

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Melissa Soliz Educates American Bar Association on Changes to Health Privacy & Data Rules

Melissa Soliz Educates ASU HCCR Students About Information Blocking Compliance

As part of its Guest Speaker Series, Arizona State University’s Health Care Compliance and Regulations (HCCR) program invited Melissa Soliz to present on the Information Blocking Rule. During the virtual presentation, she helped students and faculty understand this complex piece of legislation, including how health care providers can remain compliant. Mel’s presentation included: Background on the Information Blocking Rule, as well as enforcement structure and compliance deadlines Practices that implicate the prohibition on information blocking Exceptions to the rule (safe harbors) How to implement compliance ASU’s HCCR program is the nation’s first accredited compliance and regulations undergraduate program. With extensive experience in regulatory health law, data privacy and patient access laws, Mel has presented on the Information Blocking Rule numerous times. Most recently, she shared her expertise at...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Super Lawyers 2021

Super Lawyers Honors 12 Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys

Coppersmith Brockelman, a prominent Phoenix-based business law firm, announced today that 12 of its 20 attorneys have been recognized in Super Lawyers’ 2021 edition. Super Lawyers honors accomplished attorneys in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Attorneys from Coppersmith Brockelman who received the 2021 honor are: Keith Beauchamp – Business Litigation (recognized since 2007) Scott Bennett – Health Care (recognized since 2018); Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation (2012-2013) Kent Brockelman – Employment & Labor Law (recognized since 2007) Jill Chasson – Employment & Labor Law (recognized since 2016) Roopali Desai – Legislative & Government Affairs (recognized since 2019); Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2014-2016) John DeWulf – Business Litigation (recognized since 2007);...

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Karen Owens Advises Hospitals on Attracting Physician Leaders to Peer Review Committees

Karen Owens Advises Hospitals on Attracting Physician Leaders to Peer Review Committees

Serving on hospital peer review committees can be time-consuming, difficult work — sometimes making it hard to attract physicians to serve. Drawing on her years of advising hospital and medical staff leadership, Karen Owens educated Hospital Peer Review readers on how to attract health care professionals to peer review committees. Karen explained that physicians may be convinced to participate in staff self-governance for many reasons, including good citizenship, a desire to lead, camaraderie, or even curiosity. Transforming staff members into leaders takes ongoing cultivation over the course of months or years. Karen encouraged hospitals to develop physician and nurse champions to provide encouragement and tools to bring their peers into committee service. Additionally, she said an efficient committee is an attractive one —having committee processes that...

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Erin Dunlap Provides Insight on Overturned HIPAA Penalty for Healthcare Risk Management

Erin Dunlap Provides Insight on Overturned HIPAA Penalty for Healthcare Risk Management

When the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a $4.3 million civil monetary penalty imposed on the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Healthcare Risk Management asked health care data privacy attorney Erin Dunlap to explain how the decision may impact HIPAA covered entities and business associates. Erin called the decision a “game changer,” particularly in how entities subject to HIPAA will view HIPAA’s encryption rule, evaluate a loss of protected health information (PHI) and engage with HHS in setting investigations.  Erin specifically highlighted the Fifth Circuit’s position that the encryption specification was not a strict liability rule and perfection or ‘bulletproof protection’ is not the standard.  This is helpful for HIPAA covered entities...

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