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Checklist evaluates legal issues of pandemic flu planning

Emergency Management Alert, October 21, 2008

It’s time for emergency management professionals to add another job title to their list: Lawyer.
 
Although you probably don’t need to add “Esquire” to your list of credentials, the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has released an extensive list of legal issues to consider when developing a pandemic flu plan. Community Pan-Flu Preparedness: A Checklist of Key Legal Issues for Healthcare Providers, which is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), details the legal challenges hospitals could face during an influenza pandemic.
 
The checklist includes issues regarding patient consent, avoiding malpractice liability, building a plan that prevents criminal and civil liability, government authority during an emergency, tracking prescription drugs, and privacy of health information, and state regulatory issues.
 
To access the free download, click here.

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