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Partner Mel Soliz Discusses Innovation in Health Equity and Barriers to its Growth at HIMSS’ Interoperability and HIE Forum

Health equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. In her presentation to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Forum, Mel Soliz—Partner and leader of the firm’s interoperability practice—explained how health data interoperability and state and federal interoperability initiatives will advance health equity. Mel regularly speaks in local and national forums on interoperability and health equity. She is the President of the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys and is recognized by Best Lawyers© and Southwest Super Lawyers: Rising Stars© for her work in health law....

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Mel Soliz Educates AzHIMA about Interoperability Data Policies

Keeping abreast of the ever-changing United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) data policy is challenging. That is why the Arizona Health Information Management Association (AzHIMA) asked Mel Soliz to speak about what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s most important about USCDI at its 2021 Fall Meeting. In her presentation, “Evolving Data Policy: What Health Care Providers Need to Know about USCDI v2,” Mel reviewed the guiding principles behind USCDI, how USCDI v2 compares to USCDI v1, what’s on the horizon for the USCDI (including v3 and USCDI+), and how the USCDI interacts with other laws. Mel is frequently consulted for her deep knowledge of federal interoperability requirements. She works closely with community health information exchanges, health care providers, and health plans to understand and create compliance...

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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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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Melissa Soliz Educates American Bar Association on Changes to Health Privacy & Data Rules

The health data landscape is rapidly changing, and Melissa Soliz recently helped members of the American Bar Association’s health law and science and technology law sections understand recent and upcoming developments. During the webinar, Mel focused on the status of CMS and ONC final rules on information blocking and interoperability as well as recent and upcoming modifications to the 42 CFR Part 2 rules governing substance use disorder information. This includes major changes that will, in specific cases, align Part 2 data sharing rules more closely to HIPAA. With extensive experience in regulatory health law, data privacy and patient access laws, Mel has educated numerous organizations about the Information Blocking Rule (IBR). Most recently, she shared her expertise during the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative’s (SHIEC) webinar...

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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 addressed the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum workshop on the role of digital health applications in oncology research and care. Kristen’s presentation addressed legal considerations around patient privacy and data security, in digital health applications. One of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys, Kristen focused on how the patient right of access, the patient right to direct disclosures to third parties, and the new information blocking and interoperability rules affect oncology digital health apps. She also provided an overview of privacy requirements for data sharing in cancer treatment and research, discussing the evolving standards for de-identification of genomic information.  With deep experience in data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, clinical research compliance, and biobanking and genomic...

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