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COVID-19 Presents Existential Legal and Regulatory Challenges for Long Term Care Facilities

This Briefing is brought to you by AHLA’s Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.
  • September 02, 2020
  • Matthew Benedetto , WilmerHale
  • Lori Foley , PYA
  • Brian Mahanna , WilmerHale
  • Russell Spivak , WilmerHale

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated—and transformed—nearly all aspects of life, in every community in the country, with no end in sight. While anyone can contract the virus, the elderly population is particularly at risk—especially those with weakened immune systems and other co-morbidities, such as diabetes or heart disease. The pathology of COVID-19, coupled with the fact that the virus is most easily spread in indoor settings where individuals congregate, makes Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) highly vulnerable to outbreaks, with devastating results.

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