Mel Soliz BCBS

Mel Soliz Prepares Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Conference Goers for CMS Expanded Interoperability Mandates

The deadline for compliance with CMS’s expanded application programming interface (API) requirements is closer than you think. Partner Mel Soliz was invited to the esteemed BCBSA 2024 Law, Audit, Compliance & Ethics Conference to discuss the new API requirements and significant implementation challenges. Mel covered what impacted payers need to achieve over the next three years to implement an expanded Patient Access API and a new Provider Access API, Payer-to-Payer API and Prior Authorization API. Mel’s regulatory practice focuses on compliance with data privacy, access and interoperability laws (such as the Information Blocking Rule and CMS interoperability mandates as well as state mini-interoperability laws), health IT/technology service contracting, and health information networks/exchanges (including national interoperability frameworks such as TEFCA, Carequality, CommonWell, DURSA, and DxF). She regularly...

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Jim Belanger Uses Ethics Expertise, Experience on State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee to Help Arizona’s Attorneys Prepare for the Future

Taking a look at the future of any profession is challenging, but especially the legal field where attorneys not only need to keep up with the latest cases and precedents, but also uphold the highest possible ethical standards for themselves and their practices. This significant topic of discussion among attorneys was the driving force behind a continuing legal education session "Guerrilla Law: Ethical Issues for the Future Practice of Law," presented by Jim Belanger. Especially well-versed in the subject, Jim is Coppersmith Brockelman's expert on white-collar criminal defense, corporate and government investigation, professional liability and ethics, and civil and regulatory litigation.  He also represents lawyers in disciplinary matters involving the State Bar of Arizona. Presented in collaboration with Keith Swisher, former associate dean of development and legal...

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