- COVID-19 Facts and Recent News*NEW CONTENT*
- Accreditation*NEW CONTENT*
- Allocation of Ventilators & Other Scarce Supplies
- Business Interruption
- Cyber-Liability Concerns *NEW CONTENT*
- Ethical Considerations
- Litigation Concerns *NEW CONTENT*
- Long-term Care*NEW CONTENT*
- Mental Health & Well Being
- Palliative Care
- Patient Care Issues *NEW CONTENT*
- Physician Practices
- Premier Safety Institute®
- Regulatory Response
- Rural Healthcare
- Sample COVID-19 Policies
- State Actions & Declarations *NEW CONTENT*
- Telemedicine *NEW CONTENT*
- Workers Comp *NEW CONTENT*
- Other Pandemic Resource Sites *NEW CONTENT*
- *UPDATED* Estimates of when the pandemic will peakin each state, courtesy of the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics. (Updated 7/22/20)
- *UPDATED* The New York Times publishes and regularly updates this interactive map showing state-by-state COVID-19 statistics, hotspots and disease clusters. (Updated 7/23/20).
- *UPDATED* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published their own tracking website providing detailed COVID-19 case and mortality data. (Updated 7/23/20).
- *NEW* Safety National published this article providing helpful guidance on reopening businesses.
- The New York Times publishes and regularly updates this interactive map showing state-by-state COVID-19 statistics, hotspots and disease clusters. (Updated 6/29/20)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published their own tracking website providing detailed COVID-19 case and mortality data. (Updated 6/29/20).
- How fast is COVID-19 spreading in your state? The Effective Reproduction Rate or Rt, is a measure that calculates how fast the virus is spreading in a particular geographic region measured by the average number of people who become sick from an infected person. RT.live is a website that calculates infection rates and provides detailed reporting for each state.
- In a study recently published by PLOS ONE, researchers examined a cohort of 592 healthcare workers who had been screened and tested according to reported symptoms. They found that workers who reported three or more symptoms were more likely to test positive, as were those reporting fever (>37.5C) or myalgias. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of workers who were asymptomatic or reported only mild sore throat/congestion tested negative.
- Zurich has published this resource discussing the transition of employees back to the workplace post-pandemic. There is an associated video and podcast with additional information.
- Law360 has published this list of regulatory and legislative changes made in the last two weeks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- FDA Press Announcements – Daily updates
- The death toll from COVID-19 could be far greater than what’s been reported according to a recent New York Times article that reviewed CDC data and death statistics.
- The FDA issued a warning regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting citing risks of cardiac arrhythmias.
- A new study released by the Commonwealth Fund shows a sixty percent decrease in ambulatory visits to providers due to the coronavirus. An analysis of outpatient data obtained by a healthcare technology firm and in conjunction with Harvard researchers reveals that the drop in patient visits was only partially offset by telehealth consultations. This will likely improve as ambulatory practices ramp up their access to telehealth technologies. (April 23, 2020)
- A new article published by Health Affairs explores the potential impact of COVID-19 on the US healthcare system.
- A joint statement, developed by AHA, ACS, ASA and AORN, provides key principles and considerations to guide health care professionals and organizations regarding how and when to safely resume the performance of elective surgical procedures.
- As part of the federal government’s plan to “open up America”, CMS has also issued recommendations for re-opening facilities that are providing non-urgent, non-COVID-19 care.
- On April 9, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily suspended a number of rules so that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities can more efficiently respond to the needs of patients. These changes affect doctors, nurses, and other clinicians nationwide, and focus on reducing supervision and certification requirements so that practitioners can be hired quickly and perform work to the fullest extent of their licenses. The new waivers sharply expand the workforce flexibilities CMS announced on March 30, 2020.
- The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center maintains this map of all reported COVID-19 diagnoses, deaths and recoveries.
- The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials publishes this reference document that provides a wealth of general information and an FAQ.
- *NEW* The Joint Commission published this position statement regarding the prevention of nosocomial COVID-19 infections as hospitals begin the reopening process.
- The Joint Commission has put healthcare organizations on notice that as of March 16, 2020, it will suspend all accreditation surveys until at least the end of April.
- DNV GL has put accredited healthcare organizations on notice that as of March 19, 2020, it will suspend all DNV GL Healthcare surveys.
- The Joint Commission issued a statement on March 31, 2020 supporting use of personal face masks provided from home amid COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Joint Commission weighs in on utilizing telemedicine for home health visits.
Allocation of Ventilators & Other Scarce Supplies
- The society of Critical Care Medicine has developed Standard of Care Recommendations to provide a transparent, equitable and consistent approach to allocation of scarce critical care bed resources during the COVID-19 emergency. The threshold to implement these recommendations should be determined by hospital leadership and reconciled with state and local laws/regulations.
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recently shared their policy for allocating critical care resources.
- The New York State Ventilator Allocation Guidelines – These guidelines are a few years old, but were prepared with exactly this type of crisis in mind, and include triaging, exclusion criteria as well as criteria for risk and mortality assessment.
- ECRI published the results of a recent study that examined the risks and benefits of reusing N95 respirators versus extended use.
- California Hospital Association crisis resources – Ventilator Allocation.
- Use of 3-D printing to alleviate medical supply shortages – legal concerns
Hospitals who purchase business interruption coverage are advised to contact their insurance broker to get clarification about their eligibility to recover from a claim involving the interruption of their business during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Proposed federal legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) in April 2020 is entitled H.R. 6494, the “Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Act of 2020,” (BIICA), is intended “To make available insurance coverage for business interruption losses due to viral pandemics, forced closures of businesses, mandatory evacuations, and public safety power shut-offs, and for other purposes.
- A March 31, 2020 article from the Congressional Research Service discusses why some healthcare organizations may be ineligible for compensation from their insurance companies for recouping the costs of business interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The National Law Review posted an Article on April 10, 2020, titled COVID-19: States Attempt to Shift Economic Burden to Insurance Industry with New Legislation on Business Interruption Coverage. The article provides information on States with pending legislation regarding business interruption coverage for the COVID-19 pandemic.
- *NEW* The Congressional Research Service published this recent Legal Sidebar discussing the concept of digital contract tracing and how it may impact current privacy laws. There is currently no single federal law which creates consistent, applicable privacy protections for the information that would be gathered during contact tracing activities. In addition, state and local health departments conducting contact tracing and their partner app developers may not qualify as covered entities or business associates subject to HIPAA’s privacy requirements.
- The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association have teamed up to help healthcare organizations respond to a rise in cyber threats exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. The white paper outlines the electronic safeguards that should be in place for healthcare providers who work remotely during the pandemic.
- The FBI recently provided an alert warning of increasing attacks by cybercriminals targeting US hospitals and healthcare providers who are using Skype and Zoom for videoconferencing.
- The American Hospital Association (AHA), posted the recording of a podcast with the FBI discussing cyber threats related to COVID-19.
- The Baker & Hostetler law firm warns that cyber-threats to healthcare organizations remain, despite the current crisis.
- The American Hospital Association is recommending four ways to mitigate cyber risks.
- Beazley’s latest Cyber Report indicates that cyber attacks increased 131% from 2018 to 2019, and suggests that attacks may increase even further during the current crisis with so many people forced to work from home.
- The Hastings Center has published a comprehensive discussion of the ethical considerations for hospitals struggling with allocation decisions relating to COVID-19.
- Both JAMA and the NEJM have recently published articles relating to the allocation of scarce resources:
- New England Journal of Medicine: The Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19
- JAMA: A Framework for Rationing Ventilators and Critical Care Beds During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Dr. Josh Hyatt has published a two-part article discussing the ethical issues surrounding rationing care, outlining decision-making frameworks and identifying a number of key issues for risk managers to consider as they assist their organizations in working through these difficult decisions: Ethical Issues the Risk Manager Should Consider in a Covid-19 World: Rationing Care.
- *NEW* This comprehensive Emergency Legal Preparedness primer was prepared and published by the Network for Public Health Law. (Current as of 6/30/20)
- AM Best has made available this short video containing a panel discussion of several industry specialists discussing their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on healthcare operations, and the types of new liability exposures that healthcare organizations may be faced with in the future.
- Recently posted on the Law360 website is an article describing the five types of lawsuits that employers may face following the pandemic.
- Ohio joined the ranks of states that have passed legislation that seeks to provide immunity for healthcare workers involved in caring for patients infected with COVID-19. HB 606 will take effect immediately if signed by the governor, however, it will remain in effect only until the end of the year. A similar bill now being considered by the Ohio Senate, SB 308 does not currently have an expiration date.
- The current crisis has created significant delays in the litigation process, and in many jurisdictions, it has come to a screeching halt. This short article by WTO cites several very recent cases where a discovery stay or extending deadlines has become necessary.
- In an article published by Law360.com, author Y. Peter Yang makes some interesting observations about how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact medical malpractice cases and how they are handled, at least in the near future
- In a recent article, Joe Farchione and Joel Neckers of Wheeler Trigg discuss the potential for future litigation surrounding COVID-19.
- How COVID-19 could affect the logistics of litigation in the future – virtual trials?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, there are several helpful resources available to the long-term care community that are worth mentioning. We hope that you find these resources to be of value in protecting our vulnerable elderly population.
- *NEW* CMS has announced its intention to direct additional resources to long-term care facilities in COVID-19 “hotspot” areas. These Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) will target facilities with known infection control challenges.
- A recent Claims Journal article indicates that with more than 20,000 nursing home deaths, the long-term care industry lobbies for protection from claims.
- This recent study published by the NEJM examines the impact of focusing solely on symptomatic residents while managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a King County skilled nursing facility.
- In a recently published article, the Washington Post reports that the number of COVID-19 cases reported by long-term care facilities has doubled in the last week with more than one in six facilities now reporting infections among residents or staff.
- CMS announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition, CMS will now require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addition to the existing requirements for reporting infectious disease to their state and local health departments. (April 19th, 2020)
- A March 13, 2020 news release from CMS announced New Measures to Protect Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19.
- The Centers for Disease Control has several resources for long term care facilities including:
- Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes contains a COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist, and interim guidance for nursing.
- COVID-19 resources and guidelines for geriatric communities and independent living facilities.
- Ongoing cases and latest updates on the coronavirus spread in the U.S. and the availability of testing.
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings.
- Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
- Posters, handouts, and other printed resources for communicating symptoms and controlling the spread in several languages.
Mental Health & Well Being
Mental health trauma and post-traumatic stress in healthcare workers are issues now and will continue in the next few months after the initial wave of COVID-19 has passed.
- The AHRQ Patient Safety Network examines the role of Human Factors Engineering in improving safety by addressing the risks and challenges created by fatigue, burnout, and lack of self-care among healthcare providers. This primer provides strategies and other resources for healthcare organizations
- The American Nurses Foundation has established an initiative that provides nurses with digital mental health and wellness-related resources and tools to support their emotional well-being while serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include a mobile app focused on wellness content, such as mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises, as well as peer-to-peer calls organized on Zoom, where nurses can share thoughts and ask questions.
- Read about the prevalence of “corona psychosis” in healthcare workers on the ECRI COVID-19 website through your AEIX subscription.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD has resources and tools for helping healthcare organizations and caregivers in “Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak”.
- The University of North Carolina offers resources and solutions for providing mental health and emotional support for co-workers and providers coping with COVID-19.
- The University of California, San Francisco has a website that contains resources and webinars that provide healthcare workers with practical tips for managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The American Medical Association website offers resources and practical strategies for health system leadership to consider in support of their physicians and care teams during the COVID-19 crisis.
- The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) briefing on the psycho-social aspects of the current outbreak.
- The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) has created this page of resources for providers and families dealing with the effects of the pandemic.
- To help clinicians quickly build basic palliative care skills, the Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is offering their online Palliative Care Courses free of charge through June 30, 2020.
- The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has made available their toolkit of resources for all aspects of Palliative care.
- This paper from the American College of Cardiology suggests opportunities to accelerate palliative care to ease suffering and provide comfort to patients and families during the COVID-19 epidemic. Palliative Care Considerations For Patients With Cardiovascular Disease Under COVID-19
Patient Care Issues
- *NEW* The American Hospital Association (AHA), recently updated it’s maternal and neonatal health resource that provides case examples of labor and delivery policies, telehealth options for pre- and postnatal care, breastfeeding, maternal mental health and racial disparities from across the country.
- *NEW* The National Institutes of Health (NIH), have published guidelines for the administration of the anti-viral therapy Remdesivir.
- Available on the Premier Safety Institute website, is an AHRQ rapid review document detailing the comparative effectiveness of various types of facemasks for the prevention of COVID-19, both in the community and in healthcare settings. The paper also examines the evidence for extended use or reuse of N95 respirators.
- The CDC has made available this spreadsheet-based tool to assist hospital leaders in estimating potential demand for hospital-based services, including demand for ICU beds and ventilators.
- A study published in the international medical journal Lancet found that patients undergoing surgery who were infected with the COVID-19 virus were at increased risk for post-operative complications. Complications and increased mortality were most severe for males aged 70 or older, suggesting that the threshold for surgery be higher during this time, with consideration given for postponing non-critical procedures and promoting non-operative treatments to delay the need for surgical intervention.
- With ED volumes down nearly 50%, there is increasing evidence that patients with medical emergencies are avoiding emergency departments because of fear of contracting COVID-19, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. In an article recently published by NEJM Catalyst, a CA hospital describes how it utilized Human-Centered Design methodology to improve communication with the community and implement environmental modifications to help alleviate patients’ concerns for their safety when seeking emergency care.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has released updated guidelines for clinicians on the diagnosis, evaluation, infection prevention and control practices, and disposition of neonates (≤28 days old) who have either been exposed to or have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The guidance also includes recommendations for mother-baby care for women who test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
- Guidance from The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) ICU Liberation initiative aims to liberate patients from the harmful effects of pain, agitation/sedation, delirium, immobility, and sleep disruption (PADIS) in the intensive care unit (ICU).
- ECRI has also published a position statement on this topic: Post-ICU Syndrome: The Coming Wave That Needs Attention Now.
- The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, (ISMP) a nonprofit watchdog for prescription drug safety, published a list of medication errors that have been reported by hospitals related to treating COVID-19 patients. (May 14, 2020)
- Ariadne Labs has produced an excellent resource to help providers with conversations surrounding COVID-19 titled, COVID-19 Conversation guide for Crisis Standards. The guide provides a step by step outline of for conversations along with example language, context and descriptions.
- The American Medical Association recently published its recommendations for healthcare providers who are in the process of re-opening their office practices. The article includes a checklist for providers to consider for pre-screening patients, safety measures for patients and staff, telehealth communication, and legal implications.
- The MGMA has established a COVID-19 Action Center that include helpful resources relating to physician practice.
- The Medical Group management Association (MGMA) has developed a checklist to prepare physician offices for COVID-19.
- The Federation of State Medical Boards is maintaining a list of what each state is doing in regards to licensing physicians relating to pandemic care of patients
- In response to public health and safety concerns regarding the appropriateness of decontaminating certain respirators, the FDA reissued Emergency Use Authorizations revising which type of respirators can be decontaminated for reuse. The CDC has issued similar guidance relating to decontamination and reuse of filtering faceplate respirators.
- In a recent press release, Premier recommends to HHS and Congress that at least 24 of the regulatory waivers issued during the pandemic for the purpose of streamlining processes and clearing barriers to effective patient care be made permanent.
- Many states have streamlined licensure processes and otherwise enhanced the portability of licensure across state lines for medical providers. In an effort to further improve and expedite the process, the NPDB has recently announced that it will be waiving the fees associated with querying the databank through May 31. The waiver is available for both one-time and continuous queries.
- CMS recently updated their Blanket Waivers for Healthcare Providers relating to EMTALA, verbal orders, patient rights, reporting restraint usage, sterile compounding, discharge planning, etc.
- The FDA has currently issued (as of 4/22/2020) an amazing 35 warning letters to companies marketing products that allege therapeutic or diagnostic properties relating to COVID-19.
- On March 22, 2020 CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians/providers participating in quality reporting programs.
- On April 8, 2020 CMS issued a new wave of infection control guidance based on CDC guidelines to protect patients and healthcare workers from COVID-19.
- CMS issued a memorandum on March 4, 2020 suspending non-emergency inspections across the country due to the COVID 10 pandemic.
- CMS implemented waivers on March 1, 2020 which exempt providers from sanctions for noncompliance of certain Stark Laws rules.
- HHS guidance relating to HIPAA and Telehealth services.
- According to this recent study published by Guidehouse, a quarter of all rural hospitals in the US are in danger of closing their doors due to financial pressures. The study was conducted in 2019, prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has no doubt made their financial outlooks even more perilous.
- The Rural Health Information Hub offers resources on the COVID-19 pandemic for small/rural hospitals.
State Actions & Declarations
- The National Governor’s Association has a detailed COVID-19 information page that includes lists of activities and maps illustrating the actions that each state has taken in response to the pandemic.
- On May 6, 2020 the Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL) updated its published a list of medical liability related actions taken by State, executive, and insurance departments. The list outlines actions which provide civil liability immunity to health professionals as well as waive certain medical license requirements.
- A new document published by the Wilson Elser law firm provides a comparative review of state medical malpractice liability laws that have been modified as a result of COVID-19.
- The Council of State Governments has published this resource that tracks all Executive Orders and actions taken by each state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- AMA suggestions for actions and advocacy at the state level.
- The Federation of State Medical Boards is maintaining a list of actions each state is taking in regards to licensing physicians.
State-level Emergency Standards of Care
Many states have developed documents and plans to manage the potential surge of patients in various crisis/disaster situations, including the potential for a pandemic illness. Many of these documents are based on the work done by the Institute of Medicine, who published these guidelines for Catastrophic Disaster Response in 2012. Volume four of that document deals specifically with standards for hospitals and other acute care facilities.
- *NEW* Comprehensive list of resources relating to state-level Crisis Standards of Care published by TRACIE, the HHS Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway.
- Currently available state-specific resources:
- Alabama Crisis Standard of Care Guidelines
- Arizona Crisis Standards of Care Plan
- *NEW* California Health Care System Mitigation Playbook
- Colorado Crisis Standards of Care
- *NEW* Connecticut – SOC: Providing Healthcare During a Prolonged Public Health Emergency
- *NEW* District of Columbia – Modified Delivery of Critical Care Services in Scarce Resource Situations
- *NEW* Florida – Public Health & Health Care Preparedness Program
- *NEW* Illinois – Pandemic Influenza Preparedness & Response Plan
- *NEW* Illinois – Catastrophic Incident Response Annex
- Kansas Department of Health – Toolkit for COVID-19
- Kentucky Crisis Standards of Care
- Louisiana Crisis Standard of Care Guidelines
- *NEW* Maine – CDC All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan
- Massachusetts Crisis Standards of Care (Revised 4/20/20)
- Massachusetts Crisis Standards of Care
- *NEW* Michigan – Guidelines for Ethical Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources & Services During Public Health Emergencies
- Minnesota Crisis Standards of Care
- *NEW* Minnesota – Patient Care Strategies for Scarce Resource Situations
- Mississippi Crisis Standards of Care
- Nevada Crisis Standards of Care Plan
- *NEW* New Jersey – NJ Commission on Rationalizing Health Care Resources
- New Mexico Crisis Standards of Care Plan
- New York Ventilator Allocation Guidelines
- *NEW* New York – Temporary Suspension of Statutes & Regulations in NY During Emergencies
- Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Resources
- Oregon Crisis Care Guidance
- Pennsylvania Crises Standards of Care for Pandemic Guidelines (Interim)
- Tennessee – Guidance for the Ethical Allocation of Scarce Resources
- The Utah Department of Health Crisis Standards of Care
- *NEW* Vermont – Crisis Standards of Care Plan
- Virginia Critical Resource Shortages Planning Guide
- The Washington State Scarce Resource Management & Crisis Standards of Care
- Wisconsin Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines
- *NEW* The American Hospital Association (AHA), and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have released a How-To Guide for Hospitals & Health Systems Seeking to Implement, Strengthen and Sustain Telebehavioral Health, that provides actionable strategies and interventions to help improve patient outcomes.
- *NEW* Telehealth – it’s not just for patients. The exponential increase in the use of telehealth services has triggered the need for more specialized training – especially for those providers who may be new to the platform. Project ECHO, funded in part by AHRQ, has turned the focus of this model to “telementoring”, or helping train primary care physicians on how to use telehealth services to effectively address complex medical issues.
- The rapid expansion of telehealth has been driven by the current pandemic crisis. AHRQ reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of telehealth in this evidence-based commentary.
- The American Psychological Association (APA), has published an office and technology checklist for telepsychology caregivers to assist providers in determining whether videoconferencing services are appropriate for certain patients, and offers guidance relating to logistics and technology.
- The American College of Physicians (ACP), recently updated their guidance relating to telehealth coding and billing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Updated 5/22/20)
- A Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice was published recently by the American Medical Association (AMA), offering tips and resources for providers who are treating and evaluating patients using remote technology. (Updated 6/22/20)
- The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), offers a sample telehealth consent form and how-to guidance for clinicians obtaining informed consent for telehealth.
- AHRQ offers a sample telehealth consent form and how-to guidance for clinicians obtaining informed consent for telehealth.
- FCC program to provide $200 million in funding to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations. Telehealth is a major focus as healthcare organizations ramp up capacity to address a significant surge in demand for services. The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers is a great resource for new tools and educational programs.
- The Center for Connected Health Policy has a list of all actions taken at the state level to remove barriers and facilitate telehealth care of patients.
- CMS provided a Fact Sheet outlining the March 6, 2020 expansion of telehealth services.
- *NEW* Insurance Business Magazine provides recordings of recent podcasts, including a discussion with Matt McDonough of Safety National discussing business continuity and workers comp.
- The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has updated its Workers Comp and COVID-19 FAQ. The organization has also compiled a reference list of state workers comp statutes showing statutory standards of compensability relating to occupational diseases.
- OSHA issued a new enforcement memo indicating that on May 26, 2020 they will begin actively assessing employer efforts in making work-related determinations of COVID-19. At that time, OSHA will begin examining the process organizations are using to make determinations of work-related COVID-19 along with the evidence that should have been considered based on the discretionary authority granted in the May 19, 2020 enforcement memo.
- What may be the first workers comp lawsuit relating to COVID-19 has been filed in Cook County, providing a possible preview of future wrongful death claims seeking to avoid the exclusive remedy that normally characterizes workers comp matters.
- The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is proving challenging for businesses in many ways, including increases in occupational illnesses. The ultimate impact on workers’ compensation systems, however, could be much more significant, including greater claims frequency for some industries, higher overall costs, and more administrative burdens for many employers.
- The governors of several states have issued executive orders expanding eligibility for workers comp for employees exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace.
- It may be months or years before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having on healthcare workers is fully understood. This recent article provides a few thoughts on how the industry might respond.
Other Pandemic Resources
- *NEW* The Network for Public Health Law COVID-19 Resources.
- The Hall Booth Smith firm has established a Coronavirus Litigation Blog providing informative discussions and resources relating to the many legal and insurance issues that are arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WillisTowersWatson’s Insights resource has a number of interesting articles providing guidance and information for multiple industries.
- The BakerHostetler law firm has created a COVID-19 Resource Page to provide guidance and address questions about legal and business concerns arising from the pandemic.
- Articles and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak are freely available to the public at a special page sponsored by the New England Journal of Medicine. (April 9-10, 2020)
- The American Medical Association has published a resource center for physicians containing management guidelines, tools, and updates for COVID-19. (March 2020)
- ECRI maintains a COVID-19 Resource Center that is available through your AEIX subscription. The website contains industry updates, tools, and guidelines for healthcare workers on the front lines in acute care hospitals and long-term care.
- Premier, Inc. The Premier Safety Institute® has extensive resources and updates for members to help guide clinicians making decisions for their organizations surrounding responding to and treating patients and staff with COVID-19 exposure and illness.
- ASHRM has developed a COVID-19 resource page in collaboration with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other AHA personal membership groups.
- The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) has published this list of insurance-related articles, webcasts, and other resources.
- The Aon COVID-19 Insights & Resources site.
AEIX Members should contact their Risk Management Consultant if they have questions, wish to request more in-depth research, or would like us to provide more focused assistance.