The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is engaged in efforts to develop, implement, and test medical-legal partnership performance measures in order to: 1) assess and evaluate the systems that drive the MLP approach to health care delivery and their impact; 2) develop a set of best practices for the field regarding data collection and reporting on MLP-related measures; and 3) engage in meaningful process and quality improvement at the local and national MLP levels.
As part of these efforts, NCMLP developed an initial set of seven performance measures. A detailed accounting of these measures and how to use them is included in the Medical-Legal Partnership Performance Measures Handbook. Download the handbook.
These measures were identified through a combination of the social determinants of health framework, interviews with individual MLP programs, and a survey of the existing literature. The measures are currently being tested in the field.
- Measure 1: Percent of healthcare partner staff trained in MLP
- Measure 2: Percent of patients screened for health-harming legal needs in a given population
- Measure 3: Percent of patients with at least one health-harming legal need who are treated/addressed by the healthcare organization
- Measure 4: Percent of patients who are referred to civil legal aid services and receive a legal screening/intake
- Measure 5: Percent of total MLP patients-clients with health-harming legal needs in each “I-HELP” category
- Measure 6: Average financial benefit received by a MLP patient-client
- Measure 7: Estimated financial benefit received by the healthcare organization per patient due to the MLP intervention(s)