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COVID-19 and Crisis Standards of Care Implementation: Navigating the Legal Challenges


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST | January 20, 2022

“Crisis Standards of Care” (CSC) refers to significant changes in health services delivery during extended public health emergencies. As originally conceived by the Institute of Medicine in 2009, CSC is implemented in certain hospitals, localities, or even entire states when sustained patient surges arise alongside extended resource shortages, preventing normal operations.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, punctuated in its third year by the meteoric spread of the Omicron variant, has necessitated repeated shifts to CSC and raised multiple legal challenges. Attend this webinar to hear about four key challenges concerning: (1) confusion regarding legal triggers for CSC implementation; (2) gaps in regional and cross-jurisdictional cooperation; (3) discriminatory impacts in CSC plans and their implementation; and (4) varying “tie-breaker” decisions involving resource allocations. Presenters will also discuss potential solutions to these challenges to help ensure equitable and effective CSC implementation ahead.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about recent COVID-19 pandemic developments with respect to CSC, including up-to-date information on Omicron’s impact on hospitals, localities, and states;
  • Understand specific key legal challenges to CSC implementation magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Garner potential current or proposed solutions to ensure equitable and effective CSC implementation going forward.


  • Jennifer L. Piatt, JD, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law—Western Region Office
  • Erica N. White, JD, Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law—Western Region Office
  • James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, Director, Network for Public Health Law—Western Region Office

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request. An email from ASLME regarding CLE credits will be sent to attendees following the webinar.