Affinity Groups are created to facilitate networking and educational
opportunities with other Practice Group members who share similar professional
interests.Please note: You must be a member of Payers, Plans, and
Managed Care Practice Group or a government, academician, student, or PG 15
member (all-Practice Groups access) to enroll in these Affinity Groups.
Task Forces are established for those health law topics that cross over
several Practice Groups, and they provide collaborative, substantive
resources for the benefit of the sponsoring Practice Groups' members.
Please note: You must be a member of the Payers, Plans, and Managed
Care Practice Group or one of the other sponsoring Practice Groups to
receive benefits produced by these Task Forces.
Accountable Care Organization Task Force
The Accountable Care
Organization (ACO) Task Force monitors and evaluates the implementing
statutes, regulations, cases, and secondary materials concerning ACOs. It
provides written materials, webinars, and in-person educational activities
to assist AHLA's members to implement ACOs and comply with ACO laws and
rules. Since the ACO subject matter is so broad, and impacts the missions
and interests of so many Practice Groups, the ACO Task Force is a
multi-disciplinary/multi-group entity, and focuses its efforts on the
production of a coherent and effective line of ACO-related educational
materials using a variety of media and employing AHLA’s vast resources.
Behavioral 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 health care providers and
payers of behavioral health services. Scientific, legislative, and other
developments, including health care reform, have presented new issues and
opportunities in this area, including primary and behavioral health care
integration initiatives, insurance coverage parity mandates, changes to
Medicaid, and evolving public policy, to name a few. The BH Task Force
monitors and evaluates 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 serves to raise awareness about
how behavioral health laws influence health improvement efforts, and will
include collaborative efforts with AHLA's Public Interest activities.
Health Care Reform Educational Task Force
The Health Care Reform
Educational Task Force serves as a single key point-of-contact for the
Association membership for institutional resources regarding comprehensive
health care reform initiatives at the state and federal levels. The Task Force
works to educate AHLA members on proposed health care reform initiatives as well
as report on ongoing experiences with recently enacted reform initiatives.