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In the Eye of the Storm: Licensing, Liability and Other Practicalities of Providing Medical Services During a Disaster

Whether it be a hurricane, tornado, fire or epidemic, providing effective medical services in disasters requires not only preparation but a comprehensive look at the various federal, state and local laws that impact disaster management. This webinar will discuss legal and operational considerations for hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other healthcare providers when a public disaster or emergency is declared. The declaration of an emergency or disaster can be accompanied by changes in the application of professional licensing and credentialing requirements, HIPAA, standards of care, and reimbursement requirements, and can provide additional liability protections for those providing medical services. Disasters can also require implementation of emergency policies, procedures, bylaws and evacuation procedures that have not previously been tested. Understanding how to prepare for and maneuver through a disaster is essential for provider planning purposes.

On October 3, 2017, King & Spalding is hosting a 75-minute Webinar that will analyze the key elements of providing medical services during a disaster including:

  • Who can declare an emergency or disaster and how it works;
  • Operational ramifications of a declaration for healthcare providers;
  • Liability and licensing of volunteer and employed health professionals in an emergency;
  • Policies, procedures, bylaw provisions, insurance and other provisions that providers should have in place and implemented prior to a disaster or emergency; and
  • Coordinated communication among providers, patients, and emergency personnel to address the heightened standards in CMS’s Emergency Preparedness Requirements.

King & Spalding Presenters:

  • Kathy Poppitt
  • Kristin Roshelli
  • Robert Keenan
  • Christina McNamara

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Event Details

Date: October 3, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm (ET)


Please register soon. You do not have to be a client to attend, and there is no charge.