Transformations in Health Law Practice: The Intersections of Changes in Healthcare and Legal Workplaces
Indiana Health Law Review 2014
28 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014 Last revised: 13 Nov 2014
Date Written: June 12, 2014
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
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