Practical Legal Approaches to Integrating Community and Facility COVID-19 Response

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: April 09, 2020
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• Understanding the Planning Challenges for Emergencies and Specific to COVID-19
        - Governmental Response
        - Critical Workers Planning
        - Individual Rights Planning
        - Medical Decision-Making Planning
• Background on Triage Principles to Enable Attorneys to Provide Guidance
• Practical Goals and Solutions to Enable Appropriate Response through Hospital-Community Partnership

Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes
Recorded: April 9, 2020


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to result in exponential increases in patient volumes and increasing shortages in scarce resources, integrating the COVID-19 response across the community becomes increasingly important.

This seminar will provide an overview of the current state of COVID-19 response, discuss the roles of local, state and federal governments and private entities in response, and discuss some of the most critical challenges facing providers and their counsel in meeting the demands of COVID-19 response.

Topics will include understanding of triage protocols, communications challenges, re-deployment and modification to scope of practice in the healthcare workforce, supply chain challenges and how those are being addressed, and innovative approaches to surge capacity.

This program was recorded on April 9th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Muthuramanan Rameswaran

Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

With practical in-house experience inside the health care and pharmaceutical industries, Ramana Rameswaran helps clients throughout these industries on a range of regulatory, transactions, investigatory, and compliance matters. From advising hospitals and health systems on structuring various industry arrangements to working with medical device companies on combatting fraud and abuse, Ramana is a trusted voice who understands his clients' business concerns.

Ramana has practiced health care law in both Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. He has served as part of the in-house counsel team at Temple University Health System and as special counsel for Avantor Performance Materials, a performance materials manufacturer for chemicals in the electronics and health sciences industry. Ramana's clients span the health care and pharmaceutical industries, and include hospitals and health systems, physician organizations, medical device suppliers and manufacturers, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

Ramana is a voting member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section as a Young Lawyer Representative. He is also an Eagle Scout, an active nationally registered EMT, and an active certified emergency medical services instructor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Before attending law school, Ramana attended Temple University School of Medicine and completed course work and clinical rotations towards an MD degree. He also has worked at Merck Sharpe & Dohme, making measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in a good manufacturing practices-environment.

C. Joyce Hall

Watkins & Eager, PLLC

C. Joyce Hall was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1987 and the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1995. Her experience includes commercial transactions, public finance, corporate, and health care law. In 1994, Joyce was named Mississippi's Outstanding Young Lawyer and one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women in 2009. She is involved in several professional and civic organizations, and following Hurricane Katrina provided pro bono assistance to victims through the Mississippi Bar.

Melissa Markey

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.

Melissa Markey primarily represents health care providers and research organizations. She leads the Hall Render Life Sciences team and has a particular interest in human subject research and technology law, including data privacy and security, medical device security, telemedicine, mobile medical applications and consumer-facing health care, electronic health records, data rights management and e-commerce issues, as well as emergency legal preparedness, patient care issues, the clinician-technology interface and compliance.

Melissa is an author and national speaker on topics in cybersecurity and privacy, mobile medical devices, FDA law and research, emerging diseases and emergency preparedness and response law. Melissa served two terms as a Board member for the American Health Law Association and is licensed in Michigan, Texas and Utah. Melissa is also a licensed health care provider.

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