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Affinity Groups

 
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Affinity Groups are created to facilitate networking opportunities with other members who share similar professional interests. There are 23 Affinity Groups, sponsored by a number of Practice Groups, that address a variety of different topics—you are bound to find one that fits your practice!

Enrollment

To enroll in an Affinity Group, you must be a member of its sponsoring Practice Group or a government, academician, student, or PG 15 member (all-Practice Groups access). Once you enroll in an Affinity Group, you will remain a member as long as you are a member of its sponsoring Practice Group. To enroll now, please email the Practice Groups staff indicating the Affinity Group(s) that you would like to join or click on a plus sign next to any given Affinity Group name and then on "Learn More" to read about the group and enroll directly from that webpage.

If you are not a member of the sponsoring Practice Group(s) and would like to join, please contact the Member Satisfaction Center at (202) 833-1100, prompt #2, or submit the Practice Group enrollment form.

Business Law and Governance Practice Group PG

Governance

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 health care sector. The Affinity Group allows greater opportunities for networking and encourages exchanges of views on governance issues. Learn More

Transactions

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 health care industry. Despite the difficult economic climate caused by the collapse of the credit markets, health care 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 health care 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 payers. The Affinity Group covers case law developments highlighting decisions that will shape the way transactions are structured and consummated, follows developments in financing and capitalizing for-profit and nonprofit providers, and highlights select bankruptcy law matters that impact health care transactions. Learn More

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Electronic Health Records

The Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Affinity Group addresses issues related to the implementation and use of EHRs, including meaningful use requirements, electronic health information exchange (HIE) and development of HIE networks, personal health records, and related topics. The EHR Affinity Group also offers guidance about the barriers to effectively implementing EHRs and engaging in HIE and how to mitigate the negative consequences that may occur with the use of EHRs and participation in HIE networks. Learn More

Emerging Uses of Health Information

The Emerging Uses of Health Information Affinity Group addresses issues concerning emerging uses of health information, including but not limited to de-identified, limited data set, individually identifiable health information, transparency and provider profiling such as uses in research, pay-for-performance programs, quality and utilization review programs, and business analytics (essentially primary and secondary use beyond treatment and payment activities). Learn More

Privacy and Security Compliance and Enforcement

The Privacy and Security Compliance and Enforcement Affinity Group addresses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and state privacy and security compliance and enforcement. Learn More

Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property

The Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group addresses technology licensing and contracting and intellectual property issues related to health information technology. Learn More

Telemedicine and E-Health

The Telemedicine and E-Health Affinity Group addresses the many issues related to telemedicine, including technology, regulatory compliance, professional licensing, coverage and billing, and how those issues relate to telemedicine and telehealth. This Affinity Group also addresses e-health issues (excluding electronic health records (EHRs)); for example, e-prescribing, computer physician order entry, remote patient monitoring, and related developments; and coordinates with the EHR Affinity Group when those interests and issues converge. Learn More

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Affinity Group provides a forum to network and educate members regarding legal developments and best practices in addressing conflicts within the health care system. The ADR Affinity Group assists members who participate in arbitration, mediation, and peer review hearings as an advocate and/or as a neutral as well as those who assist health care organizations in managing internal conflicts and preventing litigation. Learn More

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Fair Market Value

The Fair Market Value (FMV) Affinity Group is committed to promoting a dialogue on the many methodologies of developing FMV for hospital referral source transactions, and to fostering discussion with respect to common and divergent experiences across the country with respect to valuation of referral source transactions and assets, with the goal of assisting members in constructing compliant hospital-referral source transactions. Learn More

Public Health System

The Public Health System (PHS) Affinity Group provides a forum for members to gain an enhanced appreciation and understanding of the unique challenges facing public hospitals and health systems. The PHS Affinity Group accomplishes its goals through educational and networking activities designed to facilitate the Affinity Group members' exchange of ideas, strategies, and best practices to solve such challenges. Learn More

Real Estate

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. Learn More

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Children's Hospital

The Children’s Hospital Affinity Group (CHAG) is designed for those members who work with or for a health care institution dedicated to children's health care needs. CHAG explores medico-legal issues that are unique to providing health care to children such as consent, State Children's Health Insurance Programs, Medicaid, and other government program funding, guardianship, and state protective services agencies. Additionally, CHAG covers issues impacting children's academic medical centers including research and graduate medical education matters. Learn More

Physician In-House Counsel

The Physician In-House Counsel (PIC) Affinity Group identifies and addresses specific legal needs that face in-house counsel at large physician practice organizations and works on solutions to those issues (e.g., access to fewer resources, more direct physician contact, and the initiators of new compliance and regulatory initiatives). The PIC Affinity Group also provides networking opportunities. Learn More

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Immigration

The Immigration Affinity Group is dedicated to disseminating information on employment immigration topics including: specific requirements for hiring foreign physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals; compliance with all employment eligibility verification obligations pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (Form I-9 requirements, mandatory and voluntary use of E-verify, and government audits); mergers and acquisition due diligence (proper transfer of all visas, potential liability from acquiring employees who are not work-authorized); issues that arise when treating immigrant patients including eligibility for public benefits and the obligations of hospitals to treat illegally present patients, and immigration strategies for health care organizations wishing to pursue “medical tourists”; and updates and discussion of comprehensive immigration reform proposals and legislation. Learn More

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FDA Regulatory

The FDA Affinity Group addresses marketing approval process, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, direct-to-consumer advertising, off-label issues, preemption (labeling), good manufacturing practices, product diversion, anti-counterfeiting, and prescription drug importation. Learn More

Research and Development

The Research and Development Affinity Group addresses institutional review board issues, informed consent, clinical research organization issues, and Medicare/third-party payer coverage for clinical trials. Learn More

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Affinity Group provides a forum to network and educate members regarding legal developments and best practices in addressing conflicts within the health care system. The ADR Affinity Group assists members who participate in arbitration, mediation, and peer review hearings as an advocate and/or as a neutral as well as those who assist health care organizations in managing internal conflicts and preventing litigation. Learn More

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Physician/Attorney

The Physician/Attorney Affinity Group is committed to advancing the understanding and application of medical staff, credentialing, and peer review principles to the health care industry. The purposes of this Affinity Group are to address and facilitate the understanding of medical staff, credentialing, and peer review concerns from the physician attorney’s perspective; to serve as a resource for the Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group and AHLA; and to provide networking opportunities for AHLA’s physicians/lawyers. Learn More

 

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Health Plan

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. Learn More

Managed Care Contracting

The Managed Care Contracting Affinity Group focuses on issues related to contracts involving managed care organizations. The Affinity Group addresses areas of particular concern to any entity that enters into managed care contracts, including all types of managed care organizations, payers, and providers. These areas of concern include preparation of model contract language, identification of potential contractual liability, "hot" issues relevant to managed care contracts, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountabily Act, coordination of benefits, indemnification, compliance, and insolvency. Learn More

Medicare Advantage and Part D

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. Learn More

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Physician In-House Counsel

The Physician In-House Counsel (PIC) Affinity Group identifies and addresses specific legal needs that face in-house counsel at large physician practice organizations and works on solutions to those issues (e.g., access to fewer resources, more direct physician contact, and the initiators of new compliance and regulatory initiatives). The PIC Affinity Group also provides networking opportunities. Learn More

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Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment

The Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment (ACE) Affinity Group provides an organized forum for members to network and educate regarding legal developments and best practices relating to the ACE of health care providers and health care professionals. ACE Affinity Group serves members who devote a substantial portion of their practice, or who otherwise possess a specific interest, in issues relating to ACE. Learn More

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Tax-Exempt Finance

The Tax-Exempt Finance Affinity Group is committed to addressing and advancing the federal tax and related issues associated with issuance of tax-exempt bonds and to educating tax lawyers regarding the unique issues associated with tax-exempt bond financing, and raising awareness of these issues in the broader context of the American Health Lawyers Association. Learn More

Tax In-House

The Tax In-House Affinity Group is committed to addressing and advancing the unique needs of in-house tax personnel and raising awareness of these issues in the broader context of the American Health Lawyers Association. Learn More

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Children's Hospital

The Children’s Hospital Affinity Group (CHAG) is designed for those members who work with or for a health care institution dedicated to children's health care needs. CHAG explores medico-legal issues that are unique to providing health care to children such as consent, State Children's Health Insurance Programs, Medicaid, and other government program funding, guardianship, and state protective services agencies. Additionally, CHAG covers issues impacting children's academic medical centers including research and graduate medical education matters. Learn More

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