Thought Leader Mel Soliz Tapped by AzHIMA and The Health Management Academy to Share Latest Insights on Changes in Health Information Interoperability and Privacy

Accessing health information is becoming increasingly more common through electronic means and devices like patient portals and third-party applications, but it brings with it concerns regarding privacy, security, and the potential misuse of sensitive medical data. Mel Soliz — Partner and leader of the firm’s interoperability practice — delivered a series of presentations in June at the Arizona Health Information Management Association (AzHIMA) Annual Conference in Phoenix and The Health Management Academy Conference in Chicago. The topics focused on federal efforts to increase interoperability and how those efforts affect information sharing, including developments in electronic health information data policies, information blocking, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), and the use and disclosure of minor health information in compliance with state and federal data laws...

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Mel Soliz Delivers an Enlightening Presentation on FCA Liability and the Information Blocking Rule to the American Bar Association

Health care providers, health information networks/exchanges, and health IT developers must comply with the Information Blocking Rule (IBR). The IBR prohibits these actors from knowingly engaging in practices that are likely to interfere with the access, exchange or use of electronic health information (EHI), unless required by law or a regulatory exception applies. Melissa (Mel) Soliz, a Partner at Coppersmith Brockelman, explored IBR’s basic compliance requirements and the potential intersection between IBR compliance and False Claims Act (FCA) liability in her presentation to the American Bar Association. Mel regularly speaks in local and national forums on data privacy, access, and interoperability laws and is active in state and federal policy making on these issues. Heavily involved in her professional community, Mel is the President of the...

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