Diane Hoffmann is the Jacob A. France Professor of Health Law at University of Maryland School of Law where she directs the Law & Health Care Program and the Maryland Health Care Ethics Committee Network. She is able to speak to the legal and ethical bases for implementation of rationing plans during a pandemic, immunity for health care workers under such plans, and federal statutes and constitutional issues that may be involved in the implementation of such plans. Through the Maryland Ethics Committee Network she is holding biweekly conference calls for hospital ethics committee members in the state to help them prepare for the possible implementation of an allocation plan for scarce medical resources, in particular ventilators, in Maryland.

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