Article: Rural MLP showed 319% return on hospital’s investment

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

By James Teufel, Danilea Werner, Diane Goffinet, Woody Thorne, Stephen Brown, & Lori Gettinger (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved)

A three-year study was conducted of a rural medical-legal partnership that provided patients legal assistance with insurance problems, Social Security benefits, family law issues, and end-of-life guidance at Southern Illinois Healthcare. An article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved explains that during the study period, the hospital made a 319% return on its investment in MLP services by recovering dollars for clinical services that were previously unable to be reimbursed before the MLP helped patients become insured. Patients also experienced a range of social benefits.