Karen Owens Advises Hospitals on Attracting Physician Leaders to Peer Review Committees

Karen Owens Blogs About Affordable Care Act Anti-Sex Discrimination for AzSHA

Following up to a recent presentation to the Arizona Society for Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA),  Karen Owens provided a more in-depth examination of the anti-discrimination provisions in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, including based on sex, limited English proficiency and disability. With major changes in the current regulations on sex discrimination expected and questions about the status of other parts of Section 1557, Karen’s blog helps readers understand the history and current status of Section 1557, major court decisions, practical realities for providers, and what may be next on the horizon. Karen, who serves on the AzSHA Board of Directors, represents health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and other providers in a variety of matters including quality management, medical staff credentialing and peer review, medical staff structures,...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

8 Ways Healthcare Attorneys Can Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality

Maternal mortality in the United States has more than doubled in the last 30 years—women living in the United States today are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers were a generation ago. Researchers estimate more than half of these deaths are preventable. Alarmingly, the path to motherhood is significantly deadlier for women of color than it is for their white counterparts. Nationally, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, a disparity that has only widened in recent years.((See Khiara M. Bridges, Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality, 95 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1229 (2020).)) Surprisingly, these disparities increase with age and education; data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that pregnancy-related...

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Jill Chasson Educates Business Journal Readers on Employee Communications Strategies Surrounding Federal Vaccine Mandates

Faulty employee communications approaches ― even when well intentioned ― can lead to negativity and turnover in the workplace. To help employers navigate potentially turbulent waters surrounding COVID vaccine mandates, Jill Chasson teamed up with Aker Ink PR & Marketing CEO Andrea Aker to co-author an article for the Phoenix Business Journal about how to effectively talk with employees about federal vaccine mandates. To promote acceptance and mitigate fallout, contentious issues like the vaccine mandates need to be communicated to employees with additional care. No matter which side of the aisle one personally falls on, the reality is that mandates are here, and businesses face stiff penalties for noncompliance. Combining their legal and communications expertise, Jill and Andrea detail an approach rooted in education, empathy, and...

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

Mel Soliz Educates Clinical Researchers About Data Privacy Compliance for Substance Use Disorder Studies

Knowing federal health information privacy laws can open doors to different types of data, the Phoenix Association of Clinician Researcher Professionals (ACRP) Chapter tapped attorney Melissa Soliz to educate substance abuse disorder (SUD) researchers about privacy laws at the Embracing Change Conference for Clinical Research. In “Got SUDs?: Using Substance Use Disorder Data for Research,” Mel explained how to comply with HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 for SUD data research and how to structure a clinical data repositories to support SUD quality improvement projects and research studies. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws. She assists organizations and health plans in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements that are compliant with these laws. An active thought leader in...

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Kristen Rosati Co-Authors AHLA White Paper on AI in Healthcare

After planning and moderating a virtual convener session on artificial intelligence in healthcare for the American Health Law Association (AHLA), Kristen Rosati continues to help members understand AI’s applications for health care and dependence on big data strategies through a white paper. Kristen is a co-author of “Designing a Trusted Framework for the Application of AI in Health Care,” a white paper reflecting the opinions and perspectives of more than a dozen thought leaders from government and the health care industry. Topics addressed include data use, FDA regulation, liability, and transactional issues in AI. As one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys, Kristen has extensive experience in data sharing for research and the development of artificial intelligence, as well as clinical integration, health...

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

Kristen Rosati Educates Attorneys About Data De-Identification in 2021 Health Law Handbook

To help practicing lawyers understand noteworthy developments in health law from the last year, Thomson Reuters turned to Kristen Rosati to cover data de-identification in its 2021 Health Law Handbook. Kristen is one of four attorneys selected to provide analysis for the data management section. Kristen’s chapter, “Coping with Evolving Standards of Data De-Identification,” outlines the diverging federal and state requirements for how to de-identify data and whether individual consent will be required to use or disclose de-identified data. Additionally, she covers the downstream contractual protections and good data stewardship needed to comply with these standards and closes with a proposal for Congress to amend HIPAA to prohibit re-identification of de-identified health information. 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© and Phoenix Health Care “Lawyer of the Year,”...

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