ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Melissa Soliz and AHCCCS Help Health Care Attorneys Understand Interoperability Requirement for Health Plans

Presenting jointly with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) at the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AZSHA), Melissa Soliz unpacked the complex interoperability requirements facing CMS-regulated payers.   Mel explained the interoperability and patient access requirements for CMS-regulated payers, including the Patient Access Application Programming Interface (API), the Provider Directory API, and Payer-to-Payer Exchange. Mel also specified what hospitals need to know about Conditions of Participation (CoPs) e-notification requirements under the new rule. With a regulatory health law practice focusing on compliance with data privacy and patient access law (including the new Information Blocking Rule and CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule), Mel assists her clients in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements to meet federal and state regulations. She regularly speaks in local...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Melissa Soliz Educates NALS of Phoenix on Data Privacy Best Practices

Because two-thirds of law firms have experienced a data breach, the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALS) of Phoenix invited Melissa Soliz to educate its members on how to avoid data breaches as well as the implications of cybersecurity, ethics and data privacy laws.   Law firms have a responsibility to understand the risks associated with using certain technologies and to safeguard sensitive information related to the representation of a client. Mel provided detail related to federal, state and international privacy laws, including HIPAA, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, Arizona state confidentiality laws, and California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws (including the new Information Blocking Rule and CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Mel Soliz with Health Current Educates the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office and Judicial System on Health Information Privacy Laws

Regulations including HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2 and Arizona-specific confidentiality laws all play a role in how sensitive and private health information may be used and disclosed to law enforcement and the judicial system. Melissa Soliz, in partnership with Health Current, provided an overview of these laws, scenarios in which they come into play, and additional resources to the Maricopa County Public Defenders’ Office and others who work in Arizona’s judicial system. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws (including the new Information Blocking Rule and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule), assisting her clients in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements to meet national and international regulation. She regularly speaks in local and national forums...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Mel Soliz Educates AzHIMA Health Care Providers on New Industry Rules

The Arizona Health Information Management Association (AzHIMA) invited Melissa Soliz to present during live and pre-recorded sessions during their Virtual Annual Conference to help health care professionals and organizations navigate new legal requirements in the industry. Mel provided expertise regarding The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Information Blocking Rule and the Patient Access Final Rule.   During the Nov. 4 live session, Mel covered practices likely to interfere with the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. She clarified who is required to comply with the Information Blocking Final Rule, exceptions for practices that may implicate the information blocking prohibition, and how the rule will be enforced across the industry. During the pre-recorded session, Mel explored Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

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Kristen Rosati Reviews a Year of Health Law Updates for AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Kristen Rosati Explains De-Identification at Privacy and Security Academy Workshop

A complicated web of laws regulates de-identification, including U.S. federal laws, state laws and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. During a workshop for the Privacy and Security Academy, Kristen Rosati provided a comprehensive overview of these overlapping regulations as well as a more in-depth look at HIPAA de-identification and associated challenges. Kristen’s presentation explored the HIPAA Privacy Rule de-identification methods, including expert determination and safe harbor. She also explained when genetic information is considered protected health information, and the prospect of the Common Rule treatment of genetic information identifiability changing over time. Finally, Kristen discussed “future proofing” data for evolving standards of de-identification. As a highly regarded “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorney, Kristen is a frequent speaker on topics related to health information exchange, health...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Mel Soliz Speaks at Health Current Summit about New Interoperability Rules

The deadlines to comply with new ONC and CMS interoperability, patient access, and information blocking rules are coming. Speaking at the Health Current Virtual Summit, Mel Soliz helped attendees understand the new rules and best practices to implement compliance. Health Current is Arizona’s primary resource for healthcare information technology and exchange, bringing together communities and information across Arizona. The organization helps more than 3,000 Arizona providers use information technology to improve people’s lives. Active in state and federal policymaking on data privacy and health information exchange, Mel frequently shares insights on these topics for local and national forums as well as industry publications. Additionally, she serves as a board member for the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys.  Learn more about the Health Current Virtual Summit here. ...

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