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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Kristen Rosati Explains Complicated Web of Laws Regulating Privacy in Oncology Treatment and Research at National Cancer Policy Forum

Kristen Rosati Addresses Potential COVID-19 HIPAA Violations in Healthcare Risk Management

The COVID-19 pandemic brought increased risk of HIPAA violations, and Healthcare Risk Management turned to Kristen Rosati to help readers understand where they might go astray. In the article, “COVID-19 Changes HIPAA Compliance, But Caution Necessary,” Kristen discussed a possible rise in curiosity viewing. She shared how health care personnel members may want to know if a patient has tested positive for COVID-19, even if they aren’t treating the patient, or may be tempted to look up the records of family members, friends or neighbors. Kristen emphasized personnel should look at a patient’s record only for valid treatment reasons.   Kristen is considered one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys. With extensive experience in data sharing for research, clinical integration and artificial intelligence initiatives, clinical research compliance, and biobanking...

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Medical practices wondering if the ONC’s new information blocking rule applies to them and how to comply will benefit from the insights Melissa Soliz shares in an interview with Part B News.

Part B News Turns to Melissa Soliz to Help Providers Understand ONC’s Information Blocking Rule

Health care providers and other actors in the health care space have new regulations from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) that apply to the access, exchange and use of electronical health information. Melissa Soliz recently explained the prohibition on the information blocking component of the ONC final rule to Part B News. Melissa addresses the penalties and disincentives health care providers and other actors will face if they engage in information blocking practices on or after the November 2, 2020, compliance deadline, if those practices do not fall within a statutory or regulatory safe harbor under the ONC’s final rule.  Melissa is a partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC. She focuses her practice on compliance with data privacy and access laws in the health care space.  Read the...

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Roopali Desai and Andy Gaona filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court on behalf of four political action committees (PACs) proposing ballot measures for Arizona’s General Election in November.

Law360 Covers Roopali Desai and Andy Gaona’s Legal Advocacy for Initiative PACs

Roopali Desai and Andy Gaona filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court on behalf of four political action committees (PACs) proposing ballot measures for Arizona’s General Election in November. The lawsuit asks the Court to allow the initiative proponents to collect signatures online using the same online signature gathering platform that federal and state candidates are permitted to use. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will not oppose the lawsuit and agrees with Roopali and Andy that giving the PACs access to the online signature gathering platform makes public health sense. Law360 recently interviewed Roopali to get her take on the case. Roopali, an experienced election and political lawyer, explained why allowing PACs the same access to the E-Qual online signature gathering system that political candidates have is the only...

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Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures

Roopali Desai Calls for Arizona Courts to Allow Online Petition Signatures

Although social distancing practices and stay-at-home orders are necessary, they have hindered the ability for groups seeking to put measures on the November ballot to collect petition signatures from individuals. Roopali Desai recently sat down with KJZZ, Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Capitol Times to discuss the breadth of the issue and how to solve it. An experienced election and political lawyer, Roopali represents four initiative campaigns who filed a Petition for Special Action with the Arizona Supreme Court to seek an order permitting them to use the E-Qual system to obtain online signatures. She shared that political candidates already have access to the same system to get the signatures they need and argued the court should uphold the constitutional right of citizens to initiate laws by allowing the use of the...

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