Physician Liability for COVID-19 Testing

GuidanceHealth Data Sharing and Privacy

August 14, 2020
by Peter D. Jacobson

A public health physician is seeking clarification of his/her duties in light of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Emergency Declaration (Executive Order 2020-104) to increase COVID-19 testing. Does testing for COVID-19 establish a physician-patient duty to patients for whom a physician orders or conducts a test? Is it legally permissible to order these tests when no assessment is made on the tested patients? As explained in detail below, the answer to the first question is that Michigan law imposes a limited duty, but with immunity from personal liability. The answer to the second question is yes.

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Addressing Socioeconomic Barriers to Health Equity Through Law: A Preview of the 2018 Public Health Law Conference

WebinarsMedical-Legal PartnershipsMedicaidTelehealth

July 26, 2018
by Colleen Healy Boufides and Sarah Somers

Social and economic disadvantages create barriers to good health. Laws and policies can contribute to barriers, but can also be used to advance health equity. This webinar previews three sessions from the upcoming 2018 Public Health Law Conference. Panelists will discuss how telehealth can be employed to increase access to health care in underserved communities, how medical-legal partnerships can help address socioeconomic factors impacting health, and efforts at the State level to promote and strengthen benefits for children that are guaranteed by Medicaid.

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The Biden Administration’s Response to the Food Insecurity Crisis

OverviewFood and Housing Insecurity MeasuresFood Safety and SecurityFood Security

February 23, 2021
by Mathew R. Swinburne

Across the country, state and local governments, nonprofits, religious organizations, community groups and dedicated individuals are working to address growing food insecurity. President Biden has committed to addressing the mounting hunger crisis as part of his plan for recovery. This policy overview identifies what actions the Biden administration has taken to-date and what we might expect to see in the future.

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Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Public Health Impacts

WebinarsEnvironment, Climate and HealthSafe Drinking Water

May 15, 2018
by Colleen Healy Boufides, Jennifer Bernstein and Peter D. Jacobson

In 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. As a result, lead from the aging service lines to homes leached into the drinking water and poisoned thousands of Flint residents.

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