Pandemic Legal Preparedness: A Brief Overview
By Devin Schindler, Gregory Ripple, Melissa Markey, Jesse DePauw, Laura Miron Napiewocki, & Sangeeta Ghosh
Zika. Ebola. Bird flu. SARS. The list of potentially catastrophic diseases that could lead to a pandemic seems to grow daily. The potential legal issues facing healthcare providers, hospitals, state agencies, and local health authorities in treating individuals with highly communicable diseases are legion and generally not well developed. For this reason, the Communicable Diseases and Pandemic Preparedness Ad Hoc Task Force of the State Bar of Michigan spent the last two years studying those legal issues and compiled resources available to help both private and public health organizations prepare for a pandemic outbreak.
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Ebola: A Public Health and Legal Perspective
By Melissa Markey, Montrece M. Ransom, & Gregory Sunshine
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest epidemic of Ebola virus disease in history, with current widespread transmission in three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of this writing, there have been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States. Public health and healthcare lawyers are addressing complicated legal issues, including concerns related to states’ authority to quarantine individuals who are infected with or have been exposed to Ebola, along with issues related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, the privacy and security of information, and vaccine liability.
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Protecting the Public: A Guide for Physicians, Healthcare Providers, & Attorneys on Quarantining & Isolating Patients with Communicable Diseases
By Devin Schindler, Professor, WMU-Cooley Law School
The authority to isolate, treat, and quarantine individuals with communicable diseases stands at a crowded intersection of federal law, state law, and constitutional law. A healthcare provider’s duty when contending with patients who suffer from highly communicable, potentially deadly diseases is likewise not subject to any easy answer. Read More PDF