Emergency Preparedness and Response in a Pandemic: A Hospital Lawyer’s Guide
This webinar will build on the Public Health System Affinity Group’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Bootcamp held in 2019 and the Novel Coronavirus Legal Preparedness Webinar held in February 2020 and will provide hospital and health system counsel with an overview of new considerations and potentially necessary modifications to emergency preparedness and response plans when they are to be activated against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and public health emergency. As the COVID-19 emergency continues, U.S. hospitals and health systems face an increasing probability of experiencing hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and other natural and man-made disasters while still facing stresses from COVID-19, including ongoing community social distancing and quarantine requirements and financial and health issues. Counsel and operators may have to reconsider their usual emergency operations plans, including:
- Translation of the 2016 emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers to workable pandemic-appropriate plans;
- How, where, and with which staff to establish disaster command center;
- Unanticipated legal considerations and implications of decisions to shelter in place, evacuate, and repopulate;
- Policies and decisions regarding emergency and post-disaster workforce and patient housing, hygiene, work schedules, working conditions, and pay;
- Unique force majeure and supply chain considerations that counsel may be asked to navigate when a major disaster occurs in the context of an ongoing public health emergency; and
- Counsel’s role in post-disaster financial stabilization and recovery, including navigating the Stafford Act to secure government assistance.
The webinar will include special considerations for academic medical centers and safety net hospitals that host residents, medical students and tertiary care facilities and may be subject to accreditation requirements of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
John Wilgis, Director of Emergency Management, Florida Hospital Association
Delphin O'Rourke, Attorney, Goodwin Law
Miglisa Capo Suria, Metro Pavia Health System
Mary Massey, Vice President, California Hospital Association Emergency Management Hospital Preparedness Program