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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Jill Chasson & Andy Gaona Help Arizona Attorney Readers Navigate Prop 207 Workplace Issues

Jill Chasson & Andy Gaona Help Arizona Attorney Readers Navigate Prop 207 Workplace Issues

With the passage of Prop 207, many Arizona employers wondered how adult-use marijuana legislation would affect their workplaces. In an article for Arizona Attorney, Jill Chasson and Andy Gaona help attorneys understand how to help Arizona’s businesses remain compliant. Prop 207 purposely did not alter the legal landscape for Arizona’s workplaces. However, with a likely uptick in marijuana usage across the state, Jill and Andy recommend employers review or update their existing substance abuse policies to ensure they are protected. Moreover, businesses will want to weigh the pros and cons of drug testing for marijuana in a variety of situations, as well as whether to exclude employees who use marijuana from safety-sensitive positions. Employers who wish to conduct testing should adopt a policy that complies with the...

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The Arizona Republic Calls on Roopali Desai for Insight on Prop 208-Related Surcharge

The Arizona Republic Calls on Roopali Desai for Insight on Prop 208-Related Surcharge

After Arizona voters passed Proposition 208, which increased the state’s income-tax rate for high-income individuals, a restaurant in Cave Creek added a surprise surcharge to diners’ checks. The Arizona Republic turned to Roopali Desai, who represents the initiative, for a legal perspective on the fee. Roopali questioned why the restaurant owners were trying to collect a tax they may not even be required to pay, as Prop 208 impacts individuals who earn taxable income above $250,000 — not businesses. She also emphasized the importance of reviewing receipts and speaking up if something seems amiss. In addition to representing Prop 208, Roopali is a highly regarded elections and political lawyer in Arizona. Her practice involves advising clients on all aspects of election law, from campaign finance compliance to...

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Melissa Soliz Explains How to Implement Compliance with the Information Blocking Rule at the AHLA Virtual Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute Conference

Melissa Soliz Recognized as One of Phoenix Business Journal’s 21 Next-Generation Legal Leaders

When showcasing rising stars in the Phoenix legal scene, Phoenix Business Journal selected Melissa Soliz for her expertise in health care law. The 21 attorneys featured were chosen based on their contributions to the legal community and their potential to shape the legal landscape in Arizona and nationally. Mel, who has focused her career on compliance with data privacy and access laws, explained why interoperability is the hot topic in health care law right now. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©in health care law, Mel also shared what she views as her biggest accomplishment so far, as well as the source of her inspiration for becoming a health care attorney.See the full list of honorees here. ...

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Karen Owens Provides In Business with Insight into COVID-19 Legal Issues

Examining legal issues surrounding COVID-19 for its February cover story, In Business turned to Karen Owens, co-leader of Coppersmith Brockelman’s nationally recognized health care practice, for a glimpse into ramifications businesses can expect in 2021. Karen’s predictions include that as hospitals reach capacity with COVID patients, many employees may be forced to postpone their visits for services such as elective surgeries. For example, someone needing orthopedic surgery may need to stay out of work longer prior to surgery. Moreover, Karen warns fallout may worsen as hospitals lose providers who burn out after months of pandemic-related stress. Recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers, Karen represents health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and other providers in matters of quality management, medical staff credentialing and...

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