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As various regions of the the United States experienced COVID-19-related surges in cases, hospitals and other providers have reported scarcity in essential resources (e.g., available intensive care unit (ICU) beds, personnel, treatments, and personal protective equipment (PPE)). In response, providers as well as state, territorial, and local health authorities have prepared and/or implemented crisis standards of care (CSC). CSC are defined as substantial changes in usual healthcare operations and the level of care it is possible to deliver, which is made necessary by a pervasive (e.g., pandemic) or catastrophic (e.g., earthquake, hurricane) disaster. Yet there are several legal and policy issues associated with CSC.

This webinar provides:

  • An overall understanding of the purpose of CSC in ensuring maximum quality of care delivery in the midst of a disaster (e.g., a pandemic).
  • The impacts of COVID-19 patient surges on providers and healthcare delivery settings (e.g., emergency rooms (ERs)).
  • The legal concerns undergirding CSC (e.g., emergency declarations, licensure/scope of practice, liability).