Report from American Medical Association Board of Trustees recommends medical-legal partnerships

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today, the Board of Trustees to the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States, released a report that encourages physicians to develop medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) to help identify and resolve diverse legal issues that affect patients’ health and well-being. The report also recommends that the AMA work with physician groups and other key stakeholder organizations such as the American Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to: (a) educate physicians on the impact of unmet legal needs on the health of patients; (b) provide physicians with information on screening for such unmet legal needs in their patients; and (c) provide physicians, hospitals and health-centers with information on establishing a medical-legal partnership. Read the full report.