The practice of health law distinguishes itself from other areas of law by several factors.
Health law is a practice area organized around an industry, not a body of law. Thus, competent health lawyers need to have a thorough understanding of the health care industry, because as the industry changes, the laws and policies that affect health law change. This requires that health law attorneys understand the business of health care. Without knowing how health care works—how services and products are delivered and paid for—lawyers cannot provide adequate advice. Health care attorneys are routinely involved in strategic and business counseling with their clients, necessitating a keen understanding of the industry dynamics and key players involved.