Please join us for this free webinar presented by Meagher & Geer attorney, Tracy Kolb, and North Dakota Hospital Association (NDHA) General Counsel, Melissa Hauer. The webinar will provide a general overview of the ND Compassionate Care Act. This law, which goes into effect on December 8, 2016, legalizes the use of medical marijuana to treat defined medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, ALS, and epilepsy. This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the new law, its impact on hospital operations, and the various legal issues it raises for members not only as providers but as employers as well. To learn more view the brochure.

Tracy has been practicing law in North Dakota since 1995. She has practiced in the private and public sector handling litigation, administrative and legislative matters, and legal and regulatory compliance matters, particularly in the health care setting. Her private practice has been devoted primarily to litigation, mostly representing health care providers—hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, and long-term care facilities—and the defense of medical malpractice cases. Tracy has also represented providers in state regulatory licensing and disciplinary matters.

Tracy has a special interest in data privacy and security law as applied to health care providers and other industries and businesses. She has an in-depth working knowledge of HIPAA and HITECH and other data privacy and security laws and has counseled and assisted clients in their compliance efforts with these laws including developing data privacy and security programs. Among other privacy and security-related work and projects, Tracy was a member of the American Bar Association’s HITECH Task Force, a group of lawyers that worked over a five-year period studying and developing analyses, templates, forms and educational materials dealing with key HITECH privacy and security compliance issues.

Tracy practices in North Dakota state and federal courts, and has also appeared regularly in tribal courts representing Indian tribes, tribal entities, and other defendants.