Research

The MLP Approach

Medical-legal partnerships: transforming primary care by addressing the legal needs of vulnerable populations

This article describes how medical-legal partnerships can change clinical systems in ways such as adding legal form letters to electronic health records.  It also describes…
Wednesday, September 9, 2010
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Impact On Patient Health

Identifying and treating a substandard housing cluster using a medical-legal partnership

This article examined a cluster of substandard housing identified and treated by a medical-legal partnership in a pediatric primary care setting. Out of the 45…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Impact On Professional Knowledge

The health law partnership: Adding a lawyer to the health care team reduces system costs and improves provider satisfaction

This article examines the role a medical-legal partnership played in increasing reimbursements, reducing costs, and improving access to care for patients with low socioeconomic status.…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Cost Benefit

Rural medical-legal partnership and advocacy: A three-year follow-up study

A study demonstrated a rural medical-legal partnership had social and financial impact, recovering health care dollars (318% ROI from 2007-2009) for clinics and assisting patients…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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The Medical-Legal Partnership Approach to Teaching Social Determinants of Health and Structural Competency in Residency Programs

By Edward G. Paul, MD, Mallory Curran, JD, and Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, JD, MA
Academic Medicine. December 2016. 91(12).

This article explains the impact of training health care teams in an understanding and integration of the social determinants of health into addressing patient health. It specifically outlines the Milestones of the Next Accreditation System, in which attorneys can be integrated into resident training teams, to shape new “medical identities” for residents trained in MLP. Read the… Read more »

Partnerships Between Health Care and Legal Providers in the Veterans Health Administration

By Jack Tsai, Ph.D., Margaret Middleton, J.D., Randye Retkin, J.D., Cindy Johnson, J.D., Kevin Kenneally, J.D., Scott Sherman, M.D., Robert A. Rosenheck, M.D.
Psychiatric Services. 1 December 2016.

This article studies the setup and the subsequent effects of four model MLPs in Veterans Health Administration medical centers. It also outlines basic characteristics of 700 veterans served by MLPs in VHA centers from 2014-2016. To read this study, click here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Affording Housing at the Expense of Health: Exploring the Housing and Neighborhood Strategies of Poor Families

By Diana Hernández
Journal of Family Issues. May 2016. 37(7): 921-946

The survival strategies of low-income households has long been of interest to social scientists. This article focuses on how low-income parents house their families and address neighborhood problems relating to personal and family safety, and more specifically, the health implications that these housing decisions can have on low-income families. In the interest of mitigating some… Read more »

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

‘Extra Oomph:’ Addressing Housing Disparities through Medical Legal Partnership Interventions

By Diana Hernández
Housing Studies. April 13. 2016.

A case study of seventy-two residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts showed that when low-income individuals were faced with housing affordability, adequacy, and stability issues, those who received aid from an MLP had much more favorable results than those without MLP intervention. MLPs are able to give individuals, such as undocumented immigrants and low-income families, access to… Read more »

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Health Affairs: Treating high-need, high-use patients with MLP

A medical-legal partnership study at Lancaster General Health showed 95 percent of the highest-need, highest-use patients had 2-3 civil legal problems. What happened when these legal problems were addressed? Health improved and overall health care costs went down 45 percent. Read more in a new Health Affairs blog post. Health Affairs: “Embedding Civil Legal Aid… Read more »

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The health law partnership: Adding a lawyer to the health care team reduces system costs and improves provider satisfaction

By Robert Pettignano , Sylvia B. Caley and Susan McLaren
Journal of Healthcare Management. 2012. 18(4): E1-3.

This article examines the role a medical-legal partnership played in increasing reimbursements, reducing costs, and improving access to care for patients with low socioeconomic status. The MLP secured Medicaid payments for services over a 4-year period, which would otherwise be unreimbursed.  MLP services also led to an increase in physician satisfaction and saved hospital employers… Read more »

Rural medical-legal partnership and advocacy: A three-year follow-up study

By James A. Teufel, Danilea Werner, Diane Goffinet, Woody Thorne, Stephen L. Brown and Lori Gettinger
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2012. 23(2): 705-714.

A study demonstrated a rural medical-legal partnership had social and financial impact, recovering health care dollars (318% ROI from 2007-2009) for clinics and assisting patients with social security benefits, family law services, and end-of-life guidance. Read the full article.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A model for interdisciplinary clinical education: Medical and legal professionals learning and working together to promote public health

By Lisa Bliss, Sylvia Caley and Robert Pettignano
nternational Journal of Clinical Education. 2012. 18L: 149-164.

This article describes how the authors, professors from an interdisciplinary clinic, have incorporated professional students from multiple disciplines into the law school clinic environment, along with the challenges and opportunities of this clinic model. Read the full article.

Sunday, January 1, 2012