Attorney Jill Chasson

Jill Chasson Pens Article Outlining Sanctions & Consequences for Suing Former Employees Without Proper Evidence

When key managerial employees leave a business and additional staff members follow, many employers suspect the departed leadership improperly solicited the others and take hasty legal action — which often backfires.   Attorney Jill Chasson authored an article for HR Laws and Arizona Employment Law Letter detailing how groundless employer claims can lead to a host of bad-faith sanctions. She highlighted Powers Steel & Wire Products (PSW) v. William Powers, a case that was before the Arizona Court of Appeals, which is likely to have a six-figure impact on the employer’s bottom line as a result of such sanctions.    Jill emphasized that when pursuing litigation, an employer must be able to produce evidence of improper conduct and damages from that conduct. Failure to do so can lead...

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Attorney Katherine Hyde Lends Insights on Prepping for HIPAA Changes in Healthcare Risk Management

Though the proposed modifications to HIPAA have been delayed until 2024, it’s crucial for covered entities to be well prepared before changes become official. To provide expert insights on changes designed to boost transparency and collaboration in the healthcare sector, Healthcare Risk Management turned to Katherine Hyde to comment on the upcoming changes.    In the article, “Plan Now for Eventual HIPAA Changes,” Katherine explained what important modifications to expect— the final rule will likely expand support for care coordination and case management, and it’s expected to strengthen individuals’ right of access to PHI. Some other changes would reduce the burden on covered entities as well.   When the Department of Health and Human Services finalizes the proposed modifications, covered entities will need to review their compliance policies...

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Managed Healthcare Executive Profiles Mel Soliz as one of 2023’s Emerging Leaders in Healthcare

After being named one of Managed Healthcare Executive’s “Emerging Leaders in Healthcare,” Mel Soliz was featured in a profile article that showcased her career journey, passion for healthcare law, and thoughts on current trends.  Mel's regulatory practice focuses on compliance with data privacy, access and interoperability laws (such as the Information Blocking Rule and CMS interoperability mandates), health IT/technology service contracting, health information networks/exchange (including TEFCA), behavioral health/substance use disorder law issues, data breaches and OCR investigations, as well as clinical research compliance and contracting. She regularly speaks in local and national forums on these topics and has been active in state and federal policy making on data privacy and HIE issues. She is the President of the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys.  Read Mel’s full profile...

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Attorneys Sam Coppersmith, Karen Owens, and Mel Soliz

PHOENIX Magazine Recognizes 3 Coppersmith Brockelman Attorneys as Top Lawyers

Polling State Bar of Arizona members for their recommendations on the Valley’s most outstanding attorneys, PHOENIX Magazine selected Sam Coppersmith, Karen Owens, and Mel Soliz for its 2023 Top Lawyers list. Well known for his work in business and transactional issues, Sam helps clients navigate a variety of business organizations, governance, and compliance related matters. He has nearly four decades of experience assisting both local and national businesses and nonprofits, as well as individuals and small businesses. Sam also offers clients the extensive political and governmental experience he gained as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives — where he served on the Transportation and Science committees, the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, and as a member of numerous state and local boards and...

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Attorney Andy Gaona

Andy Gaona Honored Among Arizona Capitol Times’ 2023 Leaders of the Year

When the Arizona Capitol Times named its 2023 Leaders of the Year, Andy Gaona was among the statewide leaders recognized for their contributions to Arizona's growth and quality of life. Honored in the Public Service category, Andy was selected for his role in defending democracy against the unprecedented attacks it faced over the past two election cycles. This is the second consecutive year that the Arizona Capitol Times has recognized Andy as one of its Leaders of the Year. "Those of us who work with Andy on a daily basis know his first-rate legal expertise, advocacy skills, and commitment to democracy in our state. We're very proud that the Arizona Capitol Times continues to recognize Andy for his leadership and public service in these areas," said...

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

Karen Owens Explains The Joint Commission’s 3-Year Credential Cycle Decision

The Joint Commission recently extended the permitted timeframe for hospital medical staff credentialing from two to three years. Health Care Law partner Karen Owens broke down the change and the effects of a three-year credential cycle in her recent presentation at the Arizona Association of Medical Staff Services’(AAMSS) Fall Conference. Karen explained that 3-year credentialing can help streamline and enhance quality-assessment processes, analyzed the applicable regulations and interpretive guidelines, and highlighted a number of operational issues involved in three-year credentialing, including CMS’ position, the mechanics of switching over, and risk management considerations. Karen represents health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and other providers in matters of medical staff credentialing and peer review, medical staff structures, bylaws and confidentiality, as well as National Practitioner Data Bank, state professional board,...

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