4 Legal Risks For Hospitals Amid Ebola Threat

Law360, New York (October 3, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT) -- The arrival of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil carries significant legal risks for health care providers, according to attorneys who note that hospitals have already had trouble diagnosing the infection and protecting patient privacy.

Here, lawyers describe potential legal and regulatory worries for hospitals on the front lines.

Public Interest Raises Privacy Worries

Intense interest in the spread of Ebola spells trouble for hospitals, which must strictly safeguard patient privacy in accordance with various state laws and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Last month, for example, The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha announced it had fired two...

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