Uncharted Territory: Coronavirus Legal Issues for Providers

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The Coronavirus pandemic has created a fluid situation that may trigger unpredictable legal issues and risks for all medical practices, hospitals, other healthcare delivery businesses, and healthcare professionals, including:

  • Business interruption insurance coverage disputes where a medical practice’s lost revenue potentially triggers coverage.
  • Whether employees must be paid for time where, by virtue of a legal mandate, they must stay home because of possible exposure or developing requirements.
  • OSHA’s protections against retaliation where fear of personal or patient safety risks expressed by a healthcare worker are reasonable and may trigger legal protection.
  • The application of HIPAA risk analysis to remote services by employed healthcare workers.
  • Compliance with CMS Covid-19 guidance and control requirements, as well as the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Contract disputes that emanate from the difficulty of a vendor or business partner to perform due to economic circumstances.

Our business and healthcare law firm will continue to monitor the developing situation and serve our healthcare clients and business partners in addressing these unfolding legal issues and risks. Our team of seasoned business and healthcare lawyers can assist you in assessing these and similar other legal issues. You may reach us at our Augusta or Atlanta, Georgia offices if we can be of further assistance to you.