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COVID-19’s Impact on the Senior Care Industry: A Discussion on Crisis Management in the Face of Litigation and Enforcement Activity

With residents of senior care and other long-term-care facilities accounting for a reported 40% of all COVID-related deaths in the United States, the plaintiffs’ bar, as well as federal, state and local governments, are already focusing considerable attention on litigation and enforcement. Over 100 wrongful death lawsuits have now been filed against the industry across the country, including in states with COVID-related immunity laws. 

At the same time, investigations and enforcement activity are steadily increasing at all levels of government.  It is, therefore, imperative for owners and operators of these facilities to develop thoughtful, coordinated and proactive plans to respond to the potential “perfect storm” of civil litigation, civil/criminal investigations and enforcement activity, and Congressional investigations.

On December 9, 2020, join King & Spalding partners Sally Yates (former Acting Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General), Jim Boswell (Team Leader of the national Healthcare Team) and Geoffrey Drake (a leader of the Mass Torts Litigation practice) for a discussion on crisis management in the face of the COVID-related compliance, liability and enforcement landscape for senior care and other long-term-care facilities.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Public relations, community outreach and external communications;
  • Interface with government agencies, regulators and Congress;
  • Coordinating and developing strategies for wrongful death litigation targeting post-acute providers;
  • Immunity protections on the state and federal levels for COVID-related care;
  • Insurance limitations and challenges;
  • Congressional inquiries into post-acute providers and their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Increased oversight of post-acute providers by the OIG, CMS, and State Survey Agencies

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Event Details

Date: December 9, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm (ET)

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