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

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

Serving on hospital peer review committees can be time-consuming, difficult work — sometimes making it hard to attract physicians to serve. Drawing on her years of advising hospital and medical staff leadership, Karen Owens educated Hospital Peer Review readers on how to attract health care professionals to peer review committees. Karen explained that physicians may be convinced to participate in staff self-governance for many reasons, including good citizenship, a desire to lead, camaraderie, or even curiosity. Transforming staff members into leaders takes ongoing cultivation over the course of months or years. Karen encouraged hospitals to develop physician and nurse champions to provide encouragement and tools to bring their peers into committee service. Additionally, she said an efficient committee is an attractive one —having committee processes that...

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Kristen Rosati’s AHLA & AzSHA Presentations Highlight 2020 Health Care Law Developments

Kristen Rosati’s AHLA & AzSHA Presentations Highlight 2020 Health Care Law Developments

At the annual American Health Law Association (AHLA) Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, Kristen Rosati educated industry professionals on the numerous legal developments 2020 brought to the health care industry. She also shared her “Year in Review” presentation at the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys’ (AzSHA) February meeting. During these presentations, Kristen focused on significant legal updates resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of regulations passed during the Trump Administration’s waning days. She provided health care lawyers with an overview of several topics related to the pandemic, including new legislation, the rapid rise of telemedicine, claims and developing immunity, and financial relief for providers and attendant risks. Her presentation also explored health care reform, including significant Supreme Court decisions and the status of the...

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Melissa Soliz Explains How to Implement Compliance with the Information Blocking Rule at the AHLA Virtual Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute Conference

Melissa Soliz Recognized as One of Phoenix Business Journal’s 21 Next-Generation Legal Leaders

When showcasing rising stars in the Phoenix legal scene, Phoenix Business Journal selected Melissa Soliz for her expertise in health care law. The 21 attorneys featured were chosen based on their contributions to the legal community and their potential to shape the legal landscape in Arizona and nationally. Mel, who has focused her career on compliance with data privacy and access laws, explained why interoperability is the hot topic in health care law right now. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©in health care law, Mel also shared what she views as her biggest accomplishment so far, as well as the source of her inspiration for becoming a health care attorney.See the full list of honorees here. ...

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Karen Owens Provides In Business with Insight into COVID-19 Legal Issues

Examining legal issues surrounding COVID-19 for its February cover story, In Business turned to Karen Owens, co-leader of Coppersmith Brockelman’s nationally recognized health care practice, for a glimpse into ramifications businesses can expect in 2021. Karen’s predictions include that as hospitals reach capacity with COVID patients, many employees may be forced to postpone their visits for services such as elective surgeries. For example, someone needing orthopedic surgery may need to stay out of work longer prior to surgery. Moreover, Karen warns fallout may worsen as hospitals lose providers who burn out after months of pandemic-related stress. Recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America© and Super Lawyers, Karen represents health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and other providers in matters of quality management, medical staff credentialing and...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

Coppersmith Brockelman is thrilled to announce its newest partner, Marki Stewart. “Principles that guide us here are simple: practice at the highest level of the profession; think creatively; find practical solutions; always do the right thing, build community, and maintain a sense of humor.  Marki has done all of this and more, and we are grateful that she is joining the partnership,” said Keith Beauchamp, chair of the firm’s governance committee. Telemedicine exploded in popularity during the pandemic but creates a variety of legal challenges for health care providers and other organizations looking to harness its benefits. Well versed in licensing, reimbursement, credentialing, and security issues surrounding telemedicine, Marki Stewart has been invaluable since joining the firm in 2019. “Coppersmith Brockelman’s nationally acclaimed health care practice worked...

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Melissa Soliz Explains How to Implement Compliance with the Information Blocking Rule at the AHLA Virtual Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute Conference

Mel Soliz with Health Current Educates the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office and Judicial System on Health Information Privacy Laws

Regulations including HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2 and Arizona-specific confidentiality laws all play a role in how sensitive and private health information may be used and disclosed to law enforcement and the judicial system. Melissa Soliz, in partnership with Health Current, provided an overview of these laws, scenarios in which they come into play, and additional resources to the Maricopa County Public Defenders’ Office and others who work in Arizona’s judicial system. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws (including the new Information Blocking Rule and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule), assisting her clients in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements to meet national and international regulation. She regularly speaks in local and national forums...

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