Structuring Medical-Legal Partnerships: Key Privacy Considerations, Regulatory, and Operational Challenges

Information-Sharing, Disclosures, Patient-Client Engagement, Funding, and More

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, May 21, 2021

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This CLE webinar will guide healthcare counsel on structuring medical-legal partnerships (MLPs). The panel will examine the factors the parties need to consider when determining whether to enter an MLP and address regulatory and operational challenges. The panel will provide best practices for structuring these partnerships.


Healthcare providers treating and working with low-income populations and people of color have long recognized that social conditions, such as substandard housing, food insecurity, and other community-based factors can impact health and health outcomes. But by integrating lawyers, healthcare teams can better address the needs of patients and communities. The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership describes these partnerships between healthcare and law as an MLP, which is "a health care and legal services delivery model that aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, children and families by integrating legal assistance into the medical setting. MLPs address social determinants of health and seek to eliminate barriers to health care in order to help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy."

The MLP approach is currently employed in hospitals and health centers in 38 states and Washington, D.C. MLPs have been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Bar Association. The National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences have also made favorable recommendations. As with any other integrated approach to healthcare, there are conversations that need to be had when developing an MLP.

For example, one of the goals of MLPs is information-sharing because, as the National Center for MLP notes in a Privacy Issue Brief, it facilitates the patient's access to legal services, enables interprofessional collaboration, and promotes community health. However, medical privacy and attorney-client confidentiality coupled with the challenge of collaboratively addressing both healthcare and legal issues, which are subject to numerous federal and state laws, may present real and perceived obstacles to information-sharing and outcomes measurement.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines MLPs, looking at legal and ethical privacy issues the parties need to consider when establishing integrated legal services. The panel will provide guidance on structuring these partnerships, including operational and regulatory challenges.



  1. Defining the MLP
  2. Key considerations for establishing an MLP
  3. Legal/regulatory privacy and confidentiality issues
    1. Information sharing
      1. HIPAA
      2. State laws
      3. Consent and non-consent models
    2. Data integration
    3. Substance abuse and mental health
  4. Selection operational issues
    1. Disclosures
    2. Funding
    3. Patient-client attrition
  5. MLP best practices


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What key factors should be considered when determining whether an MLP is appropriate or desired?
  • What challenges do information sharing issues present when forming an MLP?
  • What are the critical elements of the MLP model concerning the structure, function, and integration of services?


Dacso, Sheryl
Dr. Sheryl Tatar Dacso

Seyfarth Shaw

Dr. Dacso has represented healthcare organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years. She concentrates her...  |  Read More

Warren-Clem, Keegan
Professor Keegan D. Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M.

Adjunct Professor
The University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business

Prof. Warren-Clem challenges students and residents to explore law as a structural determinant of health. She is a 2020...  |  Read More

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