Hospital Legal Preparedness: Relevant Resources

Hospitals are required by laws, regulations, and accreditation requirements to plan for disasters. Proposed regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may have an effect on these requirements. Because law may impact all stages of emergency preparedness and response, and is a required consideration under the Joint Commission standards Leadership (LD) 04.01.01 & 04.01.07[PDF 38.3KB], legal issues should be incorporated into hospital emergency planning. The following list, compiled by CDC’s Public Health Law Program, can help hospitals incorporate law into emergency preparedness.

The list features resources developed by the following agencies and organizations:

  • CDC: Public Health Law Program (PHLP)
  • HHS: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
  • HHS: Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
  • HHS: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Network for Public Health Law (Network)
  • Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (Johns Hopkins PERRC)
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health, Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response Consortium (PACER)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

This list will be updated as new resources become available. Contact the Public Health Law Program at with suggestions for additional resources.

Disclaimer: Information available on this website that was not developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not represent CDC policy, position, or endorsement of that information or of its sources. The information contained on this website is not legal advice; if you have questions about a specific law or its application, consult your legal counsel.