Karen Owens Reappointed to Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors

Karen Owens Outlines Key Arizona Peer Review Updates for AzSHA

For the first time since 2005, the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed substantive peer review issues in 2021. To help its members understand them better, the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA) turned to Karen Owens to unpack the impact on the peer review process. Karen’s blog summarized key takeaways from Sharifi Takieh v. O’Meara (“Takieh”) and Sharifi v. Banner Health (“Sharifi”): Takieh affirmed the prohibition on discovery of peer review documents and made clear that hospitals cannot be required to prepare privilege logs in connection with claims of peer review confidentiality. Sharifi affirmed the prohibition on discovery of peer review documents and made clear that hospitals cannot be required to prepare privilege logs in connection with claims of peer review confidentiality. Although Sharifi is an...

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Melissa Soliz Updates Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys on Changes to Data Rules

Following a consequential year for health privacy and data rules, Mel Soliz updated the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys about the upcoming changes to health data and privacy at a webinar. During the webinar “Got Data? : How the Health Data Rules are Changing,” Mel presented alongside Joanne Charles, principal corporate counsel, privacy and regulatory counsel at Microsoft, and Elliot Golding, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Together they covered HIPAA’s COVID-19 guidance, Information Blocking/Interoperability, 42 CFR Part 2, and the interplay between different state laws. Mel is frequently consulted for her deep knowledge of information blocking. She works closely with community health information exchanges, health care providers, and health plans to understand and create compliance programs for the Information Blocking Rule, as well as the CMS...

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Melissa Soliz Elected President of the Arizona Society for Healthcare Attorneys

Melissa Soliz Elected President of the Arizona Society for Healthcare Attorneys

Fellow Arizona Society for Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA) Board members recently elected Melissa Soliz as the new President. AzSHA is the central hub for health care attorneys in the state to exchange information and ideas. An active AzSHA member since 2015, Mel joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She frequently presents at the society’s seminars, educating her peers on relevant topics such as compliance with privacy, security and patient access laws, including the new ONC Information Blocking Rule and CMS Interoperability Final Rule requirements. Mel is an emerging leader in the world of health care law. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized her as a Rising Star in Law for her contributions to the legal community. She is also included among The Best Lawyers in America© for health...

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Karen Owens Reappointed to Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors

Karen Owens Reappointed to Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys Board of Directors

With a long-standing commitment to advancing health care law in Arizona, attorney Karen Owens has been reappointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA). She will serve a 3-year term.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Karen will organize a variety of educational seminars and conferences for members, focusing on current issues impacting the health care industry. AzSHA provides a forum for health care lawyers to network, participate in ongoing professional development, exchange ideas, and more. Karen helped co-found AzSHA in 1992, when the organization was known as the Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers. Karen 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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