Transformations in Health Law Practice: The Intersections of Changes in Healthcare and Legal Workplaces

28 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014 Last revised: 13 Nov 2014

Louise G. Trubek

University of Wisconsin Law School

Barbara J. Zabawa

JD, MPH, Health Attorney, Madison, WI

Paula Galowitz

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 12, 2014

Abstract

The passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act is propelling transformations in health care. The transformations include integration of clinics and hospitals, value based care, patient centeredness, transparency, computerized business models and universal coverage. These shifts are influencing the practice of health law, a vibrant specialty field considered a "hot" area for new lawyers. The paper examines how the transformations in health care are intersecting with ongoing trends in law practice: increase in in-house positions, collaboration between medical and legal professionals, and the continued search for increased access to legal representation for ordinary people. Three health law workplace sites are discussed: in house offices, corporate law firms and medical legal partnerships. The analysis shows that these practices are adapting to the health care context by locating new clients, increased collaboration with clients and medical providers, developing business strategies and linking with other legal service providers. The lawyers are reconstructing professional identities as they create these practices, using their expertise and working as collaborators. Organizations of similar practitioners support the development of these identities. The paper discusses the three arenas where lawyers can learn the necessary competencies for these transformations in health law: law schools, inter-professional education and communities of practice.

Keywords: Health Law, Legal Profession, Legal Ethics, Affordable Care Act, Multidisciplinary Practice, In-house Counsel, Medical-Legal Partnerships

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Trubek, Louise G. and Zabawa, Barbara J. and Galowitz, Paula, Transformations in Health Law Practice: The Intersections of Changes in Healthcare and Legal Workplaces (June 12, 2014). Indiana Health Law Review 2014; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1265; HLS Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2014-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2449333

Louise G. Trubek (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Barbara J. Zabawa

JD, MPH, Health Attorney, Madison, WI ( email )

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Paula Galowitz

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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