Cozen O’Connor continues to strengthen its focus on health care with the recent hiring of R. Christopher Raphaely, who will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Previously deputy general counsel for the Jefferson Health System, and general counsel to the system’s accountable care organization and captive professional liability insurance companies, Raphaely will be resident in the Philadelphia office.
Ryan Blaney, of the Health Care Practice Group, was recently quoted in a Compliance Week article titled, "HHS Coming Down Harder on Healthcare Privacy Violations." The article examines how the Department of Health and Human Services is issuing stern warnings to healthcare providers to take patient privacy issues more seriously. If they do not, they will suffer more severe fines and penalties. Ryan offered his remarks on the largest HIPAA fine to ever be given by stating, "Although the penalty was the largest HIPAA fine to ever be levied in a single case, the violation that led to it wasn't all that unusual."
Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.