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Coronavirus Outbreak

​​​This hub includes information developed by AHLA, as well as other available resources, to help our members and the public stay abreast of new developments on the coronavirus outbreak originating in China.

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)” is a 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 Lawyers 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).

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 18th. 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.

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Hosted by AHLA, the second webinar, “2019 Novel Coronavirus: Healthcare Provider Legal Preparedness” is being held February 25th (12noon-1:30pm EDT). The program will provide an overview of legal preparedness and response measures for health care personnel and entities, including hospitals and health systems. This webinar will feature speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals, who will focus on legal considerations for health care providers in preparing for and responding to possible infectious disease outbreaks such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Topics will include 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.

CLE is being sought for this webinar. 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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AHLA Public Interest Document

This AHLA Public Interest document, Pan-Flu Preparedness: Key Legal Issues, was informed by a Public Interest Dialogue Session cosponsored by AHLA, the U.S. CDC, and the U.S. HHS OIG. Although it is specific to Pan-Flu, it may contain some relevant information of use to the public.

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