Addressing the 3-Way Covid-19 Related Legal Challenges for the US Healthcare Sector

The world now is realizing our superheroes in their battle against COVID-19 from the frontline- the healthcare providers. The healthcare organization, their health care personnel are now under the duress of challenges in a bid to save and protect patients amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The healthcare workforce is also dwindling due to being prone to coronavirus from treating patients, shortage of protective gear, masks, and medical equipment, also patients ending up in large numbers than the healthcare system can handle the crisis. The lack of or irregular processes in the supply chain due to the pandemic adds to further challenges in meeting all the required healthcare needs and supply at the moment.

Healthcare needs to tackle legal challenges in three ways:

  1. One to handle the legal crisis in their in-house with issues related to inadequacy in supply chain management and equipment to protect their healthcare providers and patients.
  2. Second, in response to the patient as an entity of employee-employer relationship organizations, the healthcare organization should be prepared for handling Protected Health Information (PHI) of the employees in terms of Health plans and insurances under the umbrella of HIPAA regulations.
  3. Apart from healthcare and patients another source of legal issues needs to be handled are the government compliances which need to be adhered to, with new protocols related to the COVID -19 scare and welfare of public health.

At AEREN LPO, we are effectively processing healthcare legal solutions to handle and ease the legal challenges for both the healthcare organizations and corporates, the patients are associated with as employees, by addressing and providing solutions to everyone involved.

For Healthcare Organisations:

Focus on drafting the best course for your action plans and policy framework related to the COVID-19 emergency in response to US Govt’s new COVID-19 related policies.

Set priorities in handling the legal regulations in medical equipment supply chains for terms and conditions that apply under force majeure.

Drafting inventories and prepare contracts for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to disclose supplies and demands for the health care organization as well in updating replies to the US Government protocols.

For Business and Corporates:

Reviewing documentation for employee eligibility and employee coverage for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) of the US federal government in payment of paid sick leaves to families due to COVID-19 related health issues.

Addendum of additional clauses for measures in response to US Occupational Safety and Health Administrations guidance on Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for safeguarding employees from COVID-19.

The Healthcare system currently is of prime importance worldwide, and any issues related to legal should not hold back in doing 100 percent in dealing with the COVID-19 crunch.

At corporates, employees being an invaluable asset, the recovery for the ones affected by COVID-19 and in a collective effort to save the employees and their families, corporates are now ethically bound to implement the new healthcare policies related to COVID-19 at the earliest.

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