Hospitals are increasingly adding legal services to the patient experience

Roughly 300 healthcare systems, children’s hospitals and federally qualified health centers have set up these programs, said Ellen Lawton, co-director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Michelle Andrews
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
June 6, 2017

Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: MidPenn Legal Services, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)


The pairing makes sense in many ways. Legal issues all too often can cascade into problems with bad medical outcomes. Lawyers might file for an order of protection from a violent spouse, help appeal an insurance claim denial or get involved in child custody, guardianship or power of attorney issues.

For Care Connections at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, housing problems are a key area that requires legal expertise. The four-year-old program provides comprehensive primary care services for people with complex health and social needs, especially patients who are frequently hospitalized, said Dr. Jeffrey Martin, managing physician for the program.