Ms. Hezlep comes to the firm with extensive business professional and legal career experience and knowledge. Prior to going to law school, Ms. Hezlep was a healthcare I.T. management and revenue cycle consultant travelling to large professional provider practices and teaching and research hospitals across the United States. After finishing law school, she was a prosecutor where she successfully tried over 35 jury trials to verdict. She has also handled more than 30 criminal and civil appeals. Since she transitioned to civil law in 2009, Ms. Hezlep has first chaired several civil jury trials to verdict as well as handling numerous bench trials, pre-trial and dispositive motions, and post-trial motions. Her civil background includes general liability, health care compliance and privacy law, complex business and corporate law, construction defect law, employment law, real estate and landlord/tenant law, and trust and probate litigation.
Ms. Hezlep has several professional certifications related to her passion of healthcare compliance, privacy, and security: Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC from HCCA); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT from AHIMA); and Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS from AHIMA)
Ms. Hezlep is currently serving her second volunteer term as Treasurer and Board member of the AHIMA/CHIA Component Local Association – SDHIA. She volunteers with SDHIA/CHIA in order to help improve the quality of patient health records by taking part as an administrative leader in the effective management of health data and information so providers and hospitals can deliver quality healthcare to the public. She is also one of the CHIA/SDHIA representative for AHIMA’s 2020 Advocacy Summit that takes place in Washington DC. Through AHIMA’s Public Policy Institute, she will meet with and advocate on behalf of AHIMA with Members of Congress and staff relating to public policy impacting healthcare information management.
Ms. Hezlep is also a continuing education units (CEUs) instructor for CHIA, teaching the finer aspects of Release of Information, specifically the training healthcare records and compliance professionals about when and how patient medical records information can be released per federal and state laws and regulations. She is reprising her role as instructor for CHIA’s April 2020 workshop. Additionally, she was a 2018-2019 advising member of CHIA’s Legislative Task Force as to state and federal privacy laws, such as California Consumer Privacy Act.
Ms. Hezlep’s education includes graduating with her Juris Doctorate cum laude and Pro Bono Honors from law school; awarded a merit-based Fellowship from the Center for Law, Technology and Communication; and a board and competing member of the Moot Court Society. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science cum laude in Computer Information Systems; and with an Associate of Science, cum laude, degree in Health Information. She has had many internships during her education including two judicial externships with the San Diego Superior Court for the Honorable H. Ronald Domnitz (Ret.) and Honorable William H. Kronberger, Jr. (Ret.) judges and a law clerk internship with the California Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals & Trials Division. She also volunteered with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program and with California’s R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in its Health Care Services department.