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AHLA Communities includes a wide variety of topical discussion lists as well as professional forums.

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AHLA Communities includes a wide variety of topical discussion lists as well as professional forums. Here is a list of our current communities:

  • Academics - Full-time academics, adjunct faculty, or anyone with an interest in issues affecting the law and graduate schools world of health-related issues.
  • Antitrust - Antitrust issues in healthcare, including public and private enforcement initiatives and policies, mergers, joint provider negotiations with payers, exclusionary practices and exemptions.
  • Behavioral Health Law - Issues include HIPAA security and privacy, mental health parity, alcohol/drug abuse laws, inclusion of treatment providers in networks and/or ACOs, and more.
  • Business Law and Governance -  Broad range of business law and corporate governance issues affecting health care organizations and counsel, from Sarbanes-Oxley and corporate governance matters to mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate finance to white-collar crime, and more.
  • Compliance - Health compliance issues that apply to all health care providers; focus on regulatory compliance with a strong emphasis on the design and implementation of compliance programs.
  • Employment Law - Discussions for use by health care lawyers (inside and outside counsel), health care executives, and more; discussions include employment law topics such as litigation, human resources, and traditional labor relations.
  • Engagement Corps - A place for alumni of Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) and the Young Professionals Council (YPC) to network and find new leadership roles within AHLA.
  • Fair Market Value - Discussions for both attorneys and members of the valuation community. Issues related to FMV of referral source transactions, including valuation scenarios. 
  • Health Care Reform - Focuses on proposed and enacted comprehensive health care reform initiatives at the state and federal levels.
  • Health Information and Technology - Topics include health information systems and networks, electronic medical records, telemedicine, e-prescribing, data mining, privacy, HIPAA regulations, and other technology-related issues affecting and affected by health care.
  • Hospitals and Health Systems - Topics include JCAHO inspections and compliance, withdrawal of treatment, patient transfer, medical records and other key operational legal issues. Transactional issues include managed care contracting issues, corporate reorganization, integrated delivery systems, physician contracting, joint ventures, and more.  
  • In-House Counsel - Discussion of the unique issues affecting in-house counsel in all health care practice settings. Topics include managing an in-house practice, selecting and retaining outside counsel, issues of confidentiality and privilege, building an in-house library, writing a job description, unearthing compensation information, and more.
  • Liability Issues - Discussion of issues encountered in liability and litigation. Discovery, privilege, legal precedents, and recent cases are all possible topics.
  • Life Members - Longtime AHLA members (15 years or more) can connect, share their knowledge of, experience in, and passion for the practice of health law for the benefit of other members.  
  • Life Sciences - Issues include food and drug law regulation, third-party payment and reimbursement (e.g., coverage, coding and payment methodologies for products), fraud and abuse, government contracts, products liability, intellectual property, clinical trials, and research.
  • Long Term Care - Issues pertaining to the entire spectrum of long term care, including both the regulation and operation of all types of long term care facilities.
  • Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review - Issues include: medical staff bylaws and rules; performance of medical staff responsibilities; appointments and credentialing; peer review and quality assurance; corrective action; fair hearings; NPDB querying and reporting; peer review immunities; and more.
  • Payers, Plans, and Managed Care - Issues related to operation and regulation of health maintenance organizations, managed care payers, and employee health benefit plans, including related liability, health insurance, and payment issues.
  • Physician Organizations - Topics include: fraud and abuse analysis; joint ventures and contractual arrangements with hospitals and providers; billing arrangements/reimbursement; antitrust concerns; physician compensation methodologies; quality assurance; peer review; liability insurance; interaction with integrated delivery systems, and more.
  • Reimbursement - Discussion of issues related to reimbursement and coverage, including Medicare and other government payer laws, regulations, and instructions, as well as issues related to health care organizational accreditation such as JCAHO and other accrediting entity standards.
  • Stark Law - Issues related to Stark Law interpretative issues and guidance about approaches to resolving Stark Law compliance problems.
  • Tax Issues - Discussions related to tax, corporate and charitable trust issues; other topics include IRS interpretive guidance, regulatory and legislative developments, attorney general opinions, agency reports, court decisions, and experiences on the audit trail.
  • Teaching Hospitals - Issues across the entire spectrum of academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, including regulation and operation of all types of teaching hospitals.
  • Women's Network - Providing a forum for AHLA women members (and those interested in issues affecting women in the workplace) with networking and professional development opportunities, and access to colleagues and AHLA leaders.
  • Young Professionals - Issues pertaining to law students and young professionals in the health care and health law world. Discussions can be substantive, topical, or practical. Learn about upcoming networking events for young professionals and social events scheduled during upcoming AHLA programs.

 

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