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Coronavirus Pandemic

This hub includes information to help our members and the public stay abreast of new developments on the coronavirus pandemic, with a specific focus on resources developed by AHLA for the health law community.

AHLA's COVID-19 Community provides a forum for members to discuss and share information on health law issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic. We encourage members to post questions, share information and best practices, and upload key federal and state resources to the community's Library.

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Preparing for Patient Surges Due to COVID-19: What Counsel Need to Know (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 8, 2020)
In Part 1 of this podcast on what counsel need to know to prepare for patient surges due to COVID-19, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, HealthCare Appraisers, speaks with Tom Donohoe, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, SCL Health, and Joe Wolfe, Shareholder, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC. The podcast covers issues related to provider staffing needs and staff shortages, including incremental staffing arrangements, provider redeployment, provider standby availability, and provider income protection. Sponsored by HealthCare Appraisers.

Stark Blanket Waivers Related to COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 2, 2020)
In this podcast Chip Hutzler, Director, Horne LLP, talks to Julie Kass, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, about the waivers of the Stark Law issued by CMS on March 30. The podcast details what’s in the waivers, what providers should consider when using the waivers, and what arrangements might not be covered by the waivers. Sponsored by Horne, LLP.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 1, 2020)
In this podcast, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with three hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic—Marc Goldstone, Senior Vice President, Prime Healthcare; David Rowan, Chief Legal Officer, Cleveland Clinic; and Richard Korman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Avera. Participants discuss the multitude of issues they’re facing and how they are dealing with them.

Fraud and Abuse: Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Fair Market Value (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 30, 2020)
Matthew Wetzel, Associate General Counsel, Compliance Officer, GRAIL, and Stephen Bucci, Director, Berkley Research Group (BRG) discuss with Jason Ruchaber, Founder and Managing Partner, Root Valuation, the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on business valuation. The podcast covers timely and important topics such as what sectors, if any, have seen a positive valuation impact from the crisis, how compensation arrangements can address this type of disruption, and how to deal with at-risk pay for clinicians. Sponsored by BRG.

Telehealth and COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 26, 2020)
Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Terrence M. Lewis, Senior Associate Counsel at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discuss how facilities are ramping up telehealth programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

What Facilities Need to Know About COVID-19 Waivers (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 25, 2020)
Delphine O’Rourke, partner, Duane Morris, talks about how hospitals can benefit from recently-issued section 1335 waivers and other applicable waivers. Delphine takes a deep dive into each type of waiver and what facilities need to do now to take advantage of the flexibilities.

EMTALA and COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 23, 2020)                       
Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP and Charles R. Whipple, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Wellforce, discuss how hospitals are gearing up to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The podcast covers alternative testing/screening sites, as well as legal issues related to staffing, diversion, and capacity.

Navigating Supply Chain Issues in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 16, 2020)
Delphine O’Rourke, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, and Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Henry Ford Health System, talk about how hospitals can secure their supply chain in these uncertain times. In addition, the podcast discusses contract management issues and gives practical pointers on establishing an incident command center to ensure clinical and business issues are addressed.

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Webinar Series Hosted by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and Center for Preparedness and Response

Healthcare and Public Health Legal Preparedness: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Complimentary two-part webinar series hosted by CDC’s Public Health Law Program and Center for Preparedness and Response.

The webinar series is being held in collaboration with the American Health Law Association (AHLA), the National Governors Association (NGA), the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP), and the American Bar Association Health Law Section (ABA HLS).

2019 Novel Coronavirus: Public HealthLegal Preparedness

Hosted by the ABA Health Law Section’s Public Health and Policy Interest Group, the first webinar 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Public HealthLegal Preparedness was held on February 18. This program provided an overview of legal preparedness for public health personnel. It provided an overview of the global and U.S. situation as well as public health planning considerations for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Legal experts discussed best practices for legal preparedness and described vital legal concepts such as disease surveillance and reporting requirements, nonpharmaceutical interventions, and social distancing measures.

The content of this program does not meet requirements for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation.

2019 Novel Coronavirus: HealthcareProvider Legal Preparedness

Hosted by AHLA, the second webinar 2019 Novel Coronavirus: HealthcareProvider Legal Preparedness was held on February 25. The program provided an overview of legal preparedness and response measures for health care personnel and entities, including hospitals and health systems. This webinar featured speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals, who focused on legal considerations for health care providers in preparing for and responding to possible infectious disease outbreaks such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Topics included patient screening and testing, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), personal protective equipment (PPE), patient privacy, quarantine and its impact on workplace and patient care obligations, and other vital topics.

In most states, AHLA webinars meet the requirements for continuing legal education and attorneys may self-apply for CLE credit. AHLA’s live distance learning webinars are pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states: Alabama, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Please refer to Distance Learning CLE reporting procedure for more information.

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