April 02, 2021

Interest Groups-Redesign

Membership in Health Law Section Interest Groups and Task Forces offers unlimited access to targeted substantive content and experts.

The main work of the Health Law Section is done through our Interest Groups (IGs) and Task Forces (TFs). These groups provide opportunities for participation by Section members, creating a forum for interaction and networking in the area of shared interest. The groups are broken down into three groups: 

  • Practice Area Interest Groups
  • Educational /Outreach Interest Groups  
  • Networking & Engagement Interest Groups 
  • Get the full scoop by downloading the Interest Group and Task Force Catalog here

Experience the Benefits!

We encourage all Section members to get involved in at least one Interest Group, but feel free to join as many as you wish!

Joining an Interest Group is a great way to get involved with issues that are important to you and relevant to your practice area. Whether you are corporte, government, non-profit, public policy, or private practice, the Health Law Section Interest Groups will keep you abreast of the changes in your law specialty.  Network with colleagues facing the same issues and challenges, and discuss pertinent and timely law cases as they happen.

Law Students Welcome

Get a jump-start on your health law career! 

Law students are invited and encouraged to become active participants in our Interest Groups. Membership offers you opportunities to gain leadership experience through becoming an Interest Group representative.  Application forms are made available in mid-May with a June deadline. Notification of appointments are emailed to appointees in August for terms beginning on September 1 and ending on August 31.

Practice Area Interest Groups

  • The Business & Transactions Interest Group focuses on the law and its application to the broad scope of transactions and business operations in the healthcare industry.
  • The eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group focuses on cutting edge issues in health care technology and privacy. 
  • The Healthcare Facility Operations Interest Group focuses on the laws, regulations, and policies governing the operations of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 
  • The Healthcare Fraud & Compliance Interest Group addresses topical, cutting edge issues focused on fraud and abuse prevention, investigations and prosecutions.
  • The Healthcare Litigation & Risk Management Interest Group broadly focuses on real-world, healthcare-related litigation, investigations, and the continuum of liability control. 
  • The Life Sciences Interest Group focuses on the wide spectrum of regulation affecting the life science industry.
  • The Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group serves as a resource to attorneys who represent or regulate entities and/or individuals doing business in the managed care industry.
  • The Payment & Reimbursement Interest Group follows trends, changes and practices in reimbursement, billing and collection under federal and state health care programs. 
  • The Physician Issues Interest Group focuses on issues relating to other issues relevant to attorneys who represent physicians.
  • The Public Health & Policy Interest Group monitors developments on matters as diverse as control of disease and other public health threats.

Practice Area Task Forces

  • The ADR & Conflict Management in Healthcare Task Force is a resource for sharing best practices and content expertise with Health Law Section members where there is interest in developing conflict competency in healthcare settings. It collaborates with other ABA entities such as the Dispute Resolution Section on programming and other educational initiatives.
  • The Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals Task Force focuses on matters of interest to nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, paramedics, and related business entities such as home health agencies and ambulance services.
  • The Post-Acute Care Continuum (PACC) focuses on the many legal issues raised within this healthcare setting including facilities, home health agencies, assisted living, dementia and brain injury units, retirement community services, rehabilitations and restorative therapy, out-patient services, pharmacy, and hospice matters.

Educational Outreach Interest Groups

Supporting Legal Advocacy for Families in Crisis

Our Educational Outreach Interest Groups advance the Health Law Section’s commitment to public service by providing resources and information for community legal advocacy and pro bono activities. These activities are made possible through the generosity of our supporters.

  • The Cancer Legal Advocacy Interest Group provides resources and education on a wide range of legal issues related to the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Resources include a Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshops, a comprehensive training toolkit and advocacy guide, the Cancer Rights Law Textbook, and much more.
  • The Military and Veterans Health Law Interest Group encompasses all areas of health law related to active duty military personnel and veterans. Collaborating with other military advocacy organization, this interest groups seeks to provide resources for active service members, veterans, and their families, navigate a challenging and complex federal agency bureaucracy.
  • Medical/Legal Partnership (MPLs) Interest Group promotes the development and support of partnerships between physicians, social services, and attorneys at hospitals and other health care facilities. It addresses the legal needs that negatively affect health conditions of individuals through education, support, resources and connecting volunteers with MLP projects. This Work Group is also working with the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission to establish MLPs at VA medical facilities to help address the myriad of legal problems that affect the health conditions of our country’s active service personnel, veterans, and their families.
  • The Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health Interest Group fosters attorney and public participation in innovative programs in health care, alternative medicine, education, family dynamics, business and in the criminal justice system to address these conditions.  It promotes practices that support prevention, education, treatment, recovery and management of substance use disorders and mental health conditions, including the removal of legal barriers to successful addiction and mental health recovery; and access to and delivery of health care services at the state and federal levels.

Networking and Engagement Interest Groups

  • The Government Attorneys Interest Group provides networking and engagement opportunities, programs, publications, and online resources for lawyers whose practice and/or interests lie at the intersection of government and healthcare. Membership is comprised of Health Law Section members with an interest in or experience working with or for governmental healthcare entities on the federal, state, tribal, local, or territorial jurisdictional level. This IG serves as a resource for these attorneys by providing a mechanism for sharing best practices, recent trends, proposed and new regulations and agency mandates, documents, policies, protocols and forms, implementation of laws and regulations, and content expertise.
  • The In-House Counsel Interest Group encompasses all areas of health law with a particular focus on meeting the needs of in-house practitioners. Specifically, this IG focuses on examination of the varied backgrounds working as in-house counsel for hospitals, health systems, physician groups, and payors.
  • The Law Student Interest Group made its debut in January 2021 to bring together law students and health law student organizations across the country. Through our IG, we can create events, share opportunities, and advocate for law students interested in health law and the Health Law Section.