Resolution: American Medical Association Board of Trustees report recommends MLP

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

By American Medical Association Board of Trustees

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.