Health Care Counsel

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Health Care Counsel

Louisa O. Kirakosian

Louisa O. Kirakosian
Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7651

Areas of Focus

Health Care

Louisa Kirakosian is an attorney in the Los Angeles office, where she is a member of the Health Care practice group. She focuses on transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. Louisa advises health care organizations on regulatory, transactional, litigation, and corporate compliance matters. She handles general civil litigation in various areas, including regulatory and corporate compliance with government contracts, laws and regulations, fraudulent transactions and white collar crime under various state and federal False Claims Acts.

 

Blog Posts by Louisa O. Kirakosian

E-Health, HIPAA / Health Privacy & Security
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OCR’s Quick-Response Checklist for Cyber Attacks Useful for Responding to Petya Ransomware Blitz

Earlier this year, ransomware known as Wannacry crippled Britain’s National Health Service and spread across the globe affecting many other organizations, large and small. Now, many organizations are grappling with a new onslaught caused by similar ransomware dubbed Petya. Wannacry and Petya are among a spate of recent ransomware attacks affecting hospitals and other healthcare providers.

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Medical Staff Credentialing & Peer Review Law
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Do Physicians Get Jury Trials in Retaliation Claims?

A recent California Supreme Court ruling could significantly impact trials of physician “whistleblower” claims under California Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5 – maybe.  

Historically, California physicians facing peer review actions first had to exhaust their administrative remedies before filing a lawsuit related to the action. In 2007, California carved out an exception to this general rule in a revision to California Health & Safety Code § 1278.5. This statute prohibits health care facilities from discriminating or retaliating against employees, health care workers, and medical staff members for raising issues of unsafe patient care and conditions; in 2014, the California Supreme Court found that the statute allows physicians to pursue retaliation claims without first having to exhaust administrative remedies.   

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