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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Sam Coppersmith to Co-Present at National Business Institute Webinar Tackling Intricacies of Non-Profit Law

Sam Coppersmith to Co-Present at National Business Institute Webinar Tackling Intricacies of Non-Profit Law

Non-profits with questions about bylaws, governance and taxation will benefit from Sam Coppersmith’s Oct. 26 webinar for the National Business Institute (NBI). In “Top Tips & Traps – Non-Profit Governance, Bylaws and Operations,” Sam will discuss IRS rules and state law considerations, while also providing tips for bylaw drafting and board committee structure. Sam has more than three decades of experience assisting local and national businesses, non-profit entities and individuals. A regular speaker for NBI, he covers a range of non-profit-related topics, including private foundations, forming a nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, and serving on a non-profit board. Learn more about the webinar here, and use the promo code FSP50N when registering to receive a $50 discount. ...

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Sam Coppersmith to Co-Present at National Business Institute Webinar Tackling Intricacies of Non-Profit Law

Sam Coppersmith Educates National Business Institute Members About Nonprofit Board Oversight

Advising a nonprofit board requires extensive knowledge about duties, risks, and compliance obligations. During a recent National Business Institute (NBI) webinar, “Nonprofit Board Governance: Overcoming Common Challenges,” Sam Coppersmith led two one-hour sessions to help nonprofits set goals, monitor progress, and ensure bylaws and policies remain up to date.  Specifically, Sam offered guidance on identifying who is responsible for oversight, tasks that can and can’t be delegated, important questions to ask when reviewing finances, pitfalls to avoid, and the variety of policies and rules nonprofits must have in place for their protection.   Sam has more than three decades of experience assisting local and national businesses and nonprofit entities as well as individuals and small businesses. A regular speaker for NBI, he covers a range of nonprofit-related topics, including private foundations, forming...

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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 Discusses De-identification Legal Standards During AHLA Webinar

As a nationally recognized leader in health information privacy and security, Coppersmith Brockelman’s Kristen Rosati was asked to participate in a 90-minute webinar “De-identification Demystified: Legal Standards, Risks, and Mechanisms to Prevent Re-identification” for the American Health Law Association (AHLA). Kristen explained the evolving legal standards for the de-identification or anonymization of data under various privacy laws, including HIPAA, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, the Common Rule, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. She also discussed how to “future proof” de-identified data during this time of changing legal standards, through using the statistical expert method of de-identification.  A Past President of AHLA, Kristen is a respected mainstay within the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field.  Kristen...

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Kristen Rosati and Amanda Coulter Advise AHLA on COVID-19’s Impact on Clinical Trials

The COVID-19 public health crisis is having a profound impact on all aspects of the health care system. Kristen Rosati and Amanda Coulter teamed up to inform the American Health Law Association (AHLA) about how it will affect clinical trials.AHLA Weekly published their article, “How the COVID-19 Pandemic Immediately Impacts Clinical Trials: Considerations for Sites and Investigators,” which addresses the need for sites and investigators to be simultaneously rigorous and flexible. It also covers determining criteria to determine which trials will continue; vetting, implementing, and documenting changes for continuing trials; and communicating changes with sponsors and participants. Kristen, a nationally recognized and respected leader in health care law, has served in numerous leadership positions within AHLA – including president of the association from 2013-2014. She is considered one of the nation’s leading Big Data...

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Department of Labor Issues Initial Guidance and Mandatory Poster

A week after enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has begun issuing guidance regarding the emergency paid leave provisions of the new law. (For our summary of the FFCRA, click here.) Employers should take particular note that the DOL’s news release and related Questions and Answers set the effective date of the FFCRA as April 1, 2020.  This is one day earlier than widely expected. The guidance documents published by the DOL include a Fact Sheet for Employers, a similar Fact Sheet for Employees, and a very helpful Q&A document that clarifies answers to some common questions. Some of these guidance documents have already been updated by the DOL since their initial publication, so the landscape is changing quickly. We recommend that employers review the...

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