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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Health is law’s hot new field
Managed care and complex new laws are fertile grounds for lawyers
Marjolijn Bijlefeld and Robert Burke -- Virginia Business -- April 2003

LeClair Ryan’s Rodney Adams, who has worked in the field for nearly 20 years, says health care is the nation’s second most-regulated industry, behind nuclear power. “Every time there’s an issue, legislators think there’s another regulation that will take care of it,” he says.

The latest regulatory wrinkle is the HIPAA privacy rules, which take effect April 14 and restrict access to patients’ personal health information. That’s not exactly a radical concept, but the law is causing havoc in medical offices as doctors and staff take steps to make sure patient records are kept out of sight, appointment books are closed, computer access is limited and that conversations with patients can’t be overheard.

Network Attorney Rod Adams' (LeClair Ryan) New Textbook on Clinical Trials and Human Research
Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance
Fay A. Rozovsky, Rodney K. Adams
ISBN: 0-7879-6570-7
Hardcover, 656 pages
May 23, 2003, Jossey-Bass, US $130.00

Fay A. Rozovsky, J.D., M.P.H. is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Legal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine. Ms. Rozovsky has served as the administrator of an Institutional Review Board and is a member of human research committees in the United States and Canada.

Rodney K. Adams, J.D., L.L.M., is an attorney with LeClair Ryan in Richmond, Virginia, where he specializes in defending healthcare providers and patient care issues. Mr. Adams is also co-chair of the American Bar Association subcommittee on medical ethics, and an adjunct assistant professor at University of Richmond, T. C. Williams College of Law, Richmond, Virginia. Reach Rod at

Rod's easy-to-read reference book provides a practical approach for dealing with the legal and regulatory compliance issues involved in human research. The textbook covers a broad range of topics, including consent, confidentiality, subject recruitment and selection, the role of the investigator and Institutional Review Board, and offers strategies for achieving regulatory compliance while reducing liability. Insurance, quality management, accreditation, and risk management are examined in the book. Clinical Trials and Human Research is a practical tool to help anyone involved in clinical research.

This is Rod's second book in the healthcare area. His first was Virginia Medical Law (CML Press, 2000), a comprehensive guide to Virginia health care law covering access to care, patient consent, reproductive and end-of-life issues, facility security, management of medical information, reporting requirements, HIV issues, employment law in a medical context, licensure and staff privileges, compliance problems and much more. Rod's book is described as "simply a must for anyone who may be called on to advise a health care client" by Lawyers Weekly.

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