Achievements and Accolades Keep John DeWulf on AzBusiness’ Top 100 Lawyers List

Achievements and Accolades Keep John DeWulf on AzBusiness’ Top 100 Lawyers List

For the sixth consecutive year, John DeWulf is one of the AzBusiness Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. Highlighting top-performing attorneys in the state, the annual list recognizes lawyers who have had an impact on their law firm, the communities they serve and the legal profession as a whole. John is highly regarded among clients and colleagues for his successful commercial litigation practice, where he handles complex trials, hearings and other matters before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. John’s stellar reputation as one of the Southwest’s finest litigators has resulted in a variety of recognition. Best Lawyers in America© has honored him for several years, including in the securities litigation section and as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018. Additionally, Southwest Super Lawyers regularly...

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Erin Dunlap Educates Healthcare Risk Management Readers on HIPAA Requirements and Most Critical Compliance Steps

Erin Dunlap Educates Healthcare Risk Management Readers on HIPAA Requirements and Most Critical Compliance Steps

After a small orthopedic clinic in Georgia was fined $1.5 million for HIPAA violations, Healthcare Risk Management turned to health care and data privacy attorney Erin Dunlap to share what smaller providers can do to protect themselves from cyber risk and government enforcement. Erin, a nationally recognized expert in health care data privacy and security, explains that although the HIPAA Security Rule has existed for nearly 20 years, many smaller healthcare providers lack adequate security measures to protect against increasingly pervasive cyber risk. She advises providers to conduct a risk analysis — which is the first critical step in meeting HIPAA security requirements and can be done internally or by an outside vendor. If resources are limited, she points providers to the Security Risk Assessment Tool that...

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Scott Bennett Informs Healthcare Risk Management Readers About Compensation Compliance

Scott Bennett Informs Healthcare Risk Management Readers About Compensation Compliance

A recent $50 million settlement over kickback allegations at a West Virginia hospital is a warning for health care organizations testing the limits of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Healthcare Risk Management turned to Scott Bennett for insights on how hospitals can reduce risk and ensure compliance with these regulations. Scott explains that under the False Claims Act, anyone with information about an inappropriate arrangement regarding physician compensation can file a lawsuit. To prevent costly lawsuits, hospitals should have clear practices to collect and investigate any concerns employees raise. Moreover, hospitals should get a fair market value opinion regarding compensation from a healthcare appraisal firm. With extensive experience regarding the Stark Law and federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Scott advises hospitals and other health care providers. He...

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Jill Chasson and Scott Bennett Pinpoint Work-from-home Risk Management Solutions for Az Business Readers

With work-from-home policies extending indefinitely, businesses must consider unique risks associated with remote workforces. Jill Chasson and Scott Bennett guide businesses toward best work-from-home risk management practices in the latest issue of Az Business. Jill highlights challenges associated with tracking employee hours in a remote setting, encouraging employers to establish procedures or technology solutions to ensure accurate time tracking. Clear communication and enforcement of these processes can help employers refute later claims that employees are owed additional pay. Scott’s comments focus on cybersecurity threats. During the pandemic, there has been an increase in ransomware attacks that include work-from-home employees clicking on malevolent links in phishing emails. Employers can reduce the risk of a ransomware attack by training on how to identify phishing emails and adopting technical measures...

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Karen Owens Clarifies How State Confidentiality Laws Affect How Peer Reviews Are Used in Court

Karen Owens Clarifies How State Confidentiality Laws Affect How Peer Reviews Are Used in Court

Health care professionals should understand how state statutes affect peer review confidentiality, as Karen Owens explains in an interview with Hospital Peer Review. Understanding confidentiality parameters can help ensure protections and avoid unauthorized disclosures.  Karen highlights how many state laws allow hospitals to withhold documents generated during peer review from discovery in lawsuits. Moreover, most laws protect review participants from submitting to depositions or trial testimony. However, there are limits to this confidentiality, often including materials that may be examined outside of peer review. Other limitations may include discoverability of the dates of the review, the effect of the review and more.  Karen has deep experience in representing hospitals, surgery centers, managed care organizations, and other providers in matters of medical staff credentialing and peer review.  She also represents institutional providers in...

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Phoenix Business Journal Recognizes Coppersmith Brockelman Among the Valley’s Top Employment Law Practices

Phoenix Business Journal Recognizes Coppersmith Brockelman Among the Valley’s Top Employment Law Practices

When the Phoenix Business Journal published its 2020 list of the Valley’s largest Phoenix-area employment law practices, it ranked Coppersmith Brockelman as No. 18 out of 32 firms. The firm’s employment law group is consistently included on the publication’s annual list.  With a unique approach to employment law that focuses on avoiding disputes, prompt and creative resolution when disputes do arise, thorough and efficient litigation strategies and excellent stewardship of client resources, Coppersmith Brockelman stands out among larger local practices.  The firm’s nimble nature and wide breadth of knowledge has allowed its team to function as an in-house employment law department for a variety of employers, ranging from companies with a few dozen employees to national companies with tens of thousands of employees in several states. This list...

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