Ebola and Hospital Legal and Regulatory Challenges: Are You Ready?

Navigating HIPAA Concerns, EMTALA Obligations, State and Federal Reporting Requirements, and Employment Issues

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Monday, December 1, 2014

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide guidance to healthcare counsel and their clients for addressing HIPAA concerns and EMTALA obligations when treating an Ebola patient. The panel will also discuss state and federal mandatory reporting requirements, employment issues, and lessons learned from the first U.S. Ebola cases.


With Ebola infections now a reality in the U.S., hospitals and healthcare facilities must navigate through uncharted waters. Hospitals and other healthcare providers need to be prepared to address the legal and regulatory issues that arise when a facility encounters an Ebola patient.

Among the many considerations counsel to healthcare facilities must weigh are the compliance challenges, including privacy concerns under HIPAA and obligations under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). Further, hospitals may have to contend with employment issues, such as staff refusing to treat Ebola patients.

Listen as our panel examines HIPAA concerns and legal obligations under EMTALA when an Ebola patient enters the hospital emergency room. The panel will discuss state and federal mandatory reporting requirements and employment issues. The panel will also discuss lessons learned from the first Ebola cases in the U.S. and will offer best practices for addressing the legal and regulatory considerations for hospitals and other healthcare providers.



  1. Privacy concerns
    1. HIPAA
    2. State confidentiality laws
  2. EMTALA obligations
  3. Reporting requirements
    1. State
    2. Federal
  4. Employment issues
    1. Refusing to treat
    2. Licensure implications
    3. Union avoidance
  5. Lessons from the first cases
  6. Best practices


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Employment challenges that arise when a hospital has a patient with Ebola
  • Legal obligations of hospitals under EMTALA
  • HIPAA privacy concerns and state law confidentiality requirements


Edward L. Barker
Edward L. Barker

Senior Counsel
Husch Blackwell

Mr. Barker has served as special counsel to hospitals, psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate...  |  Read More

W. Stephen Cockerham
W. Stephen Cockerham

Husch Blackwell

Mr. Cockerham advises clients on all types of employment matters, including discipline and discharge issues; compliance...  |  Read More

Joseph V. (Joe) Geraci
Joseph V. (Joe) Geraci

Husch Blackwell

Mr. Geraci’s practice includes licensing, regulatory compliance, operations and complex transactional and...  |  Read More

Kate M. Leveque
Kate M. Leveque

Senior Associate (Partner, effective Jan. 1, 2015)
Husch Blackwell

Ms. Leveque’s practice is focused on labor and employment matters, which includes advising employers regarding...  |  Read More

Lisa M. Luetkemeyer, Esq.
Lisa M. Luetkemeyer, Esq.

Husch Blackwell

Ms. Leutkemeyer is experienced in numerous aspects of the healthcare industry, advising acute and post-acute providers...  |  Read More

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