The following is a list of our committees. Please click on the name of a committee below to view its description, officers and members.

Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice GroupAcademic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group

The Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group provides a forum for attorneys who are employed by and/or service AMCHTs in the healthcare industry. The Practice Group addresses the practical legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of law and regulations to the operations of health care providers, payors, regulators, and suppliers as they affect AMCHTs. The Practice Group presents summaries and brief analyses of forms, models, approaches, structures, and legal analyses relevant to the successful operation of an in-house legal service for a AMCHT as well as those attorneys who service a AMCHT.

AHLA Board of DirectorsAHLA Board of Directors

AMCTH – Children’s Health Affinity GroupAMCTH – Children’s Health Affinity Group

This Affinity Group is designed for those Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group members who work with or for a healthcare institution dedicated to children's healthcare needs. The Affinity Group will explore medico-legal issues that are unique to providing healthcare to children such as consent, S-CHIP programs, Medicaid funding, guardianship, and state protective services agencies. Additionally, the Affinity Group will cover issues impacting children's academic medical centers including research and GME matters.

Antitrust Practice GroupAntitrust Practice Group

The Antitrust Practice Group addresses public and private enforcement activity and competition policy affecting all sectors of the healthcare industry, including healthcare providers, health insurers, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies. The Practice Group also maintains a listserve, publishes Member Briefings, and sponsors teleconferences and seminars.

Behavioral Health Task ForceBehavioral Health Task Force

The Behavioral Health (BH) Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of services to those living with mental illness, certain neurological conditions, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities, and reimbursement for such services. A complex framework of federal and state laws concerning privacy, information sharing and exchange, reimbursement, involuntary commitment, and other subjects provides unique challenges to healthcare providers and payors of behavioral health services. Scientific, legislative, and other developments, including healthcare reform, have presented new issues and opportunities in this area, including primary and behavioral healthcare integration initiatives, insurance coverage parity mandates, changes to Medicaid, and evolving public policy, to name a few. The BH Task Force will monitor and evaluate these laws and developments through written materials, webinars, and in-person educational activities so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise clients on behavioral health topics. In addition, the work of the BH Task Force will serve to raise awareness about how behavioral health laws influence health improvement efforts, and will include collaborative efforts with AHLA's Public Interest activities.

BLG - Governance Affinity GroupBLG - Governance Affinity Group

Governance issues continue to dominate the agenda of federal and state legislators as well as regulators. Additionally, courts routinely render opinions on matters impacting good governance policies, as well as fiduciary duties of directors and senior officers of corporations. The Governance Affinity Group follows developments, and educates AHLA members on governance issues, both for the for-profit and nonprofit healthcare sector. The Affinity Group allows greater opportunities for networking and encourages exchanges of views on governance issues.

BLG - Transactions Affinity GroupBLG - Transactions Affinity Group

The Transactions Affinity Group highlights the structural, corporate, securities, regulatory, tax, and accounting issues implicated in merger and acquisition transactions, all with an emphasis on features that are unique to deals in the healthcare industry. Despite the difficult economic climate caused by the collapse of the credit markets, healthcare transactions continue to close. In fact, many in the industry believe that the lack of credit may accelerate deal activity, as poorly capitalized, unprofitable institutions are forced to seek partners or buyers. The Transactions Affinity Group focuses on developments in deals prevalent in the healthcare industry, from hospital acquisitions and dispositions, to consolidations in the pharmaceutical industry, to joint ventures and other arrangements among the service providers, biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies, and payors. The Affinity Group plans to cover case law developments highlighting decisions that will shape the way transactions are structured and consummated. We will follow developments in financing and capitalizing for profit and not-for-profit providers, and highlight select bankruptcy law matters that impact healthcare transactions. Further, the Transactions Affinity Group intends to follow healthcare regulatory developments to position itself to predict transactional trends. As with most of the Practice Groups within AHLA, the Transactions Affinity Group will follow developments within the new Obama Administration as healthcare is reformed, with a view towards identifying those changes that will affect the structure of new industry deals, as well as the unwinding of existing transactions.

Business Law and Governance Practice GroupBusiness Law and Governance Practice Group

Development and Advancement CouncilDevelopment and Advancement Council

Dispute Resolution Service CouncilDispute Resolution Service Council

Dispute Resolution Service Program Planning CommitteeDispute Resolution Service Program Planning Committee

Dispute Resolution Service Review BoardDispute Resolution Service Review Board

Enterprise Risk Management Task ForceEnterprise Risk Management Task Force

Executive CommitteeExecutive Committee

Fellows Coordinating CouncilFellows Coordinating Council

Finance CommitteeFinance Committee

Fraud and Abuse Practice GroupFraud and Abuse Practice Group

The Fraud and Abuse Practice Group provides issue summaries and brief analysis of relevant judicial, administrative, and settlement decisions as well as regulatory developments regarding enforcement efforts and compliance responses; provides a resource to members facing enforcement initiatives and/or designing compliance strategies.

Governance CommitteeGovernance Committee

Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice GroupHealth Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group

The Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group addresses issues that encompass all areas of potential liability that affect health care providers, suppliers, and manufacturers, and keeps its membership apprised of developments in the litigation and trial of health care disputes involving hospitals, payors, integrated delivery systems, and individual physicians, as well as manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Health Care Transactions Program Planning CommitteeHealth Care Transactions Program Planning Committee

Health Information and Technology Practice GroupHealth Information and Technology Practice Group

The Health Information and Technology Practice Group provides a forum for members to exchange information and become educated about legal issues arising from the use of information and communications technology in healthcare, including issues related to the acquisition and operation of health information systems and networks, electronic medical records, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, Internet and email communications, operation of websites, expert diagnostic systems, clinical data repositories and master patient indexes, confidentiality and security, electronic signatures, and ownership of healthcare data.

HHS - Fair Market Value Affinity GroupHHS - Fair Market Value Affinity Group

HHS - Public Health System Affinity GroupHHS - Public Health System Affinity Group

HHS - Real Estate Affinity GroupHHS - Real Estate Affinity Group

The Real Estate Affinity Group is committed to advancing the understanding of the unique issues hospitals and health systems face in the development, leasing, operation, and management of their real estate.

HIT - Digital Health Affinity GroupHIT - Digital Health Affinity Group

The Digital Health Affinity Group addresses both ongoing and emerging legal and policy issues related to digital technologies in health care, as well as the health information data that is generated or used by those forms of technology.

HIT - Privacy and Security Compliance and Enforcement Affinity GroupHIT - Privacy and Security Compliance and Enforcement Affinity Group

This Affinity Group addresses HIPAA and state privacy and security compliance and enforcement.

HIT - Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity GroupHIT - Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group

This Affinity Group addresses technology licensing and contracting and intellectual property issues related to health information technology.

Hospitals and Health Systems Practice GroupHospitals and Health Systems Practice Group

The Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group addresses the legal, financial, and operational issues raised by healthcare business strategies and transactions from the perspective of hospitals and health systems, including those involving other nonprofit, for-profit, public, and private hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician organizations, ancillary services providers, for-profit affiliates, financial institutions and authorities, pharmaceutical and medical products manufacturers and vendors, and managed care organizations.

IHC - Children's Health Affinity GroupIHC - Children's Health Affinity Group

This Affinity Group is designed for those In-House Counsel Practice Group members who work with or for a healthcare institution dedicated to children's healthcare needs. The Affinity Group will explore medico-legal issues that are unique to providing healthcare to children such as consent, S-CHIP programs, Medicaid funding, guardianship, and state protective services agencies. Additionally, the Affinity Group will cover issues impacting children's academic medical centers including research and GME matters.

In-House Counsel Practice GroupIn-House Counsel Practice Group

The In-House Counsel Practice Group provides a forum for attorneys employed in the healthcare industry and those who work with them and provide services to them to exchange information. Addresses the day-to-day practical legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of law and regulations to the operations of healthcare providers, payors, regulators, manufacturers, and suppliers. Presents summaries and brief analyses of forms, models, approaches, structures, and legal analyses relevant to the successful operation of an in-house legal service.

Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law Editorial BoardJournal of Health & Life Sciences Law Editorial Board

Labor and Employment Practice GroupLabor and Employment Practice Group

The Labor and Employment Practice Group addresses industry concerns related to healthcare employment law, employment discrimination, immigration, union-management disputes and legal matters, NLRB law, alternative dispute resolution in labor and employment, OSHA enforcement, workers' compensation, and other labor and employment issues as they relate to employers in the healthcare and life science industries, including all healthcare providers, facilities, payors, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Life Sciences Practice GroupLife Sciences Practice Group

The Life Sciences Practice Group provides educational and informational services and resources to in-house attorneys; outside counsel; government attorneys; compliance officers; finance and reimbursement executives, FDA, research, clinical trials and regulatory affairs professionals; and consultants who practice in the traditional life sciences field with respect to issues involving pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, biotechnology companies, research and site management organizations, manufacturing and supplier vendors, prescription drug plans, wholesale distributors, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers and the financial services firms that invest in these entities. This Life Sciences Practice Group concentrates on issues such as food and drug law regulation, third-party payment and reimbursement (e.g., coverage, coding and payment methodologies for products), fraud and abuse, government contracts, products liability, intellectual property, clinical trials, and research.

Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice GroupMedical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group

The Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group provides a forum for those who represent and advise the individual healthcare professional, the collective medical or professional staff, and/or the healthcare entity with issues regarding the organization and operations of medical and professional staffs in healthcare entities and organizations, including but not limited to: the medical staff bylaws and rules; performance of medical staff responsibilities; appointments and credentialing; dealing with disruptive or impaired healthcare professionals; conducting peer review and quality assurance; taking corrective action; providing fair hearings for medical and allied health professional staffs; peer review communications and records confidentiality; National Practitioner Data Bank querying and reporting; peer review immunities; the effect of hospital business arrangements [e.g., exclusive contracts, mergers, acquisitions] upon medical staff membership and privileges; compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements pertaining to medical staff organizations; and the wide variety of litigation that may arise out of these activities.

Nominating CommitteeNominating Committee

Payers, Plans, and Managed Care Practice GroupPayers, Plans, and Managed Care Practice Group

The Payers, Plans, and Managed Care Practice Group addresses all legal issues concerning health plans and insurers, including but not limited to plan operations and management, managed care, litigation, regulations, privacy, and security.

Physician Organizations Practice GroupPhysician Organizations Practice Group

The Physician Organizations Practice Group addresses issues encountered in physician-hospital joint ventures and contractual arrangements; credentialing practices; physician group practice structures; compensation methodologies; and the current professional liability insurance crisis.

Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute Program Planning CommitteePhysicians and Hospitals Law Institute Program Planning Committee

Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice GroupPost-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

The Post-Acute and Long-Term Services Practice Group provides a forum for attorneys who represent providers across the entire spectrum of long term care services including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, senior housing, home health, hospice, and long term care pharmacy; follows and addresses developments in the long term care segment of the healthcare industry including legal trends, regulatory policy, and operational and transactional issues; attempts to provide practical analysis of these legal and business trends by producing summaries and brief analyses of forms, models, approaches, structures, and legal analyses relevant to the providers of long term care services; the goal is to keep the members informed of the most up-to date and relevant case law, legislative initiatives, and important trends in the industry.

PPMC - Health Plan Affinity GroupPPMC - Health Plan Affinity Group

The Health Plan Affinity Group focuses on providing, obtaining, and facilitating information exchange and best practices among lawyers who represent health plans or who work at health plans, and focuses on the unique issues these lawyers face. In facilitating networking opportunities and focusing on health plan issues among such professionals, this Affinity Group has the goal of growing the membership of health plan lawyers within AHLA.

PPMC - Medicare Advantage and Part D Affinity GroupPPMC - Medicare Advantage and Part D Affinity Group

The Medicare Advantage and Part D Affinity Group focuses on issues related to the two major programs providing private health plan options to Medicare beneficiaries. The Affinity Group serves as a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices among the community of Medicare Advantage and Part D lawyers.

RAP - Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment Affinity GroupRAP - Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment Affinity Group

The Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment Affinity Group (ACE AG) will provide an organized forum for Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group (RAP PG) members to network, and to educate the overall RAP PG and greater AHLA membership, regarding legal developments and best practices relating to the accreditation, certification, and enrollment of healthcare providers and healthcare professionals. The ACE AG will serve RAP PG members who devote a substantial portion of their practice, or who otherwise possess a specific interest, in issues relating to ACE.

RAP – Delivery and Payment Reform Affinity Group RAP – Delivery and Payment Reform Affinity Group

Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice GroupRegulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group

The Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group addresses issues related to reimbursement and coverage, including Medicare and other government payor laws, regulations, and instructions, as well as issues related to healthcare organizational accreditation such as JCAHO and other accrediting entity standards.

Tax and Finance Practice GroupTax and Finance Practice Group

The Tax and Finance Practice Group addresses issues related to IRS audits and rulings, tax-exempt status, intermediate sanctions, state regulation of nonprofit transactions and operations, charitable trusts, tax credits, bond financing, physician recruitment incentives, physician and executive compensation, fair market value, joint ventures with nonprofits, IRS disclosure requirements, property tax, sales and use tax, fundraising, and other issues faced by nonprofit and for-profit attorneys.

Women’s Leadership CouncilWomen’s Leadership Council

Young Professionals CouncilYoung Professionals Council

Purpose and Responsibilities: The purpose of the Young Professionals Council is to provide opportunities for all young professionals to network and to develop leadership skills in the years to come. The Young Professionals Council shall: • provide opportunities for all young professionals to connect with their peers; • encourage active participation in and contribution to the Association’s activities, events, and publishing options; • help to promote involvement by young professionals within the Practice Groups; • offer guidance related to recruitment and retention of young professional members; and • identify ways in which AHLA can measure its success in these endeavors. Membership: The Young Professionals Council shall be composed of up to fifteen (15) AHLA members – young professionals who are aged 35 or younger. In the Council’s initial year, leaders in the group shall determine their governance structure. The Chair of the Membership Committee (or his/her designee) will be an Ex-Officio Member of the Council. The President shall appoint members of the Young Professionals Council. Each member’s appointment shall be for a one (1) year term. Primary Staff Person: Kerry Hoggard, Vice President of Membership and Public Interest Reporting Arrangement: The Young Professionals Council shall report to the Membership Committee and collaborate with the other Board Committees.