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Welcome to the In-House Counsel Practice Group (IHC PG). We keep you informed on the day-to-day, practical legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of law and regulations to the operations of health care providers, payers, regulators, manufacturers, and suppliers. We also provide resources and connections into unique issues faced by in-house counsel relative to legal department operations and the business of providing effective and meaningful in-house legal representation.

Here are the top five things you can do to make the most of your membership in the IHC PG:

  1. Register for a webinar or listen to an archived webinar: Web-based seminars address recent decisions, new regulations, and other substantive matters that are unique to the health care industry and clients.  Click here to access a list of upcoming and past webinars sponsored by the IHC PG.
  2.  Join the In-House Counsel Community:   Discussion focuses on unique issues affecting in-house counsel in all health care practice settings. To join the Community, visit your "myAHLA" profile at www.healthlawyers.org/myahla, enter your login information, click the blue button to customize your "Email and List Preferences," and click "Save." 
  3. Sign up for an Affinity Group: Available at no additional fee, Affinity Groups facilitate networking and provide educational opportunities for members who share similar professional interests. If you did not select an Affinity Group when you joined AHLA, you can still do so. Simply complete and return this enrollment form or call AHLA's Member Service Center at (202) 833-1100, prompt #2. IHC PG members can enroll in the following Affinity Group:
    • Children's Health Affinity Group: Designed for those who work with or for a health care institution that provides pediatric care, this group focuses on timely and emerging issues affecting child health.
  4. Check out the IHC PG Topical Library: This is where you can access the most relevant and recent AHLA publications and resources related to your practice area. It's the hub for AHLA content on AMCTH.
  5. Plan to attend the In-House Counsel Program (held every June in varying cities): This one-day program is designed to address the unique issues faced by in-house counsel. Breakout sessions will focus on practical, hands-on ways to function in these challenging day-to-day roles and responsibilities of in-house counsel lawyers.

In addition, here are other benefits available to you through the IHC PG:

  • Email Alerts, Executive Summaries, and Member Briefings: Timely alerts are delivered directly to your inbox—when a new law, regulation, or decision is published, we do the initial legwork and summarize it for you.
  • Great Opportunities for Involvement: The IHC PG leadership welcomes and encourages members to become active participants by writing, speaking, tweeting, serving as a mentor, and taking on other leadership roles. Visit www.healthlawyers.org/volunteer to view available volunteer opportunities.
  • Task Forces: For those health law topics that cross over several Practice Groups, AHLA has established Task Forces that produce collaborative, substantive resources for the benefit of the sponsoring Practice Groups' members. IHC PG members are automatically enrolled in

o   Accountable Care Organization, Payment Innovation, and Health Care Reform Educational Task Force: This group provides members with a variety of information and resources relating to accountable care organizations, integrated care models, and other health care reform initiatives designed to improve quality and lower costs, for better population health.

o   Behavioral Health Task Force: This group 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.   

o   Enterprise Risk Management: This group is committed to advancing the understanding and application of enterprise risk principles to the health care industry.

We understand the unique demands faced by an in-house counsel. We hope that your active participation in the IHC PG will help you in serving your clients' needs.


​Summaries of the OIG's Advisory Opinions are provided by the Advisory Opinions Task Force of the Fraud and Abuse Practice Group. The task force will aid Practice Group members in keeping abreast of new Advisory Opinions. For each new opinion, a short summary of each Advisory Opinion issued by the OIG will be posted on several listserves and placed on all Practice Groups' websites under "Advisory Opinions."

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Health Care Real Estate Lease - Published on January 16, 2015; Updated on February 9, 2016 - See more at: http://admin.healthlawyers.org:8080/Members/PracticeGroups/IHC/Pages/Default.aspx#sthash.wBm4BWo1.dpuf
Health Care Real Estate Lease - Published on January 16, 2015; Updated on February 9, 2016 - See more at: http://admin.healthlawyers.org:8080/Members/PracticeGroups/IHC/Pages/Default.aspx#sthash.wBm4BWo1.dpuf
Health Care Real Estate Lease - Published on January 16, 2015; Updated on February 9, 2016 - See more at: http://admin.healthlawyers.org:8080/Members/PracticeGroups/IHC/Pages/Default.aspx#sthash.wBm4BWo1.dpuf
  • Pharmacy Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) Laws: A 50 State Survey
    - Published on August 8, 2017
    This 50 state survey on pharmacy maximum allowable cost (MAC) laws summarizes the laws of each state regarding how they govern the way payers—including pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)—can reimburse pharmacies for products dispensed to patients.

  • Health Care Real Estate Lease Toolkit
    - Published on January 16, 2015; Updated on February 9, 2016
    This Toolkit is designed to assist counsel in structuring legally compliant hospital-physician real estate leases by organizing relevant resources in one convenient location. It places particular focus on the FMV and commercial reasonableness standards and the technical requirements for leases under the applicable safe harbors and exceptions to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. The Toolkit is structured as a compilation of the relevant statutes, implementing regulations, interpretative agency commentary, advisory opinions, and case law materials. The Toolkit also provides general considerations when engaging a third-party valuation consultant to document compliance with the FMV and commercial reasonableness standards.

  • 340B Toolkit
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    Published on June 10, 2014
    This Toolkit is designed to assist health lawyers with understanding and researching 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) issues. Although the 340B Program was established in 1992, the 340B Program has recently received increased attention from stakeholders and policymakers, creating a new interest in understanding 340B Program eligibility and participation requirements. This Toolkit provides the key statutes, regulations, policy guidance, case law, and forms necessary for legal counsel to understand the 340B Program.

  • Emergency Preparedness Toolkit 
    - Published on May 4, 2010
    When an emergency hits a hospital, administrators often turn to their lawyers as issues arise in providing care during an emergency. This Emergency Preparedness Toolkit (Toolkit) is designed as a complement to AHLA’s Emergency Preparedness Response & Recovery Checklist: Beyond the Emergency Management Plan by providing a one-stop resource of emergency preparedness form policies, procedures, links, articles, sample contract language, and legal summary memoranda to assist health care attorneys, administrators, and providers in preparing for and responding to the issues that arise during an emergency.

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​Affinity Groups

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 the In-House Counsel Practice Group or a government, academician, student, or PG 15 member (all-Practice Groups access) to enroll in this Affinity Group.  

Task Forces

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 In-House Counsel Practice Group or one of the other sponsoring Practice Groups to receive benefits produced by these Task Forces.

  • Accountable Care Organization Task Force
    The mission of the ACO Task Force is to provide members with a wide array of information relating to accountable care organizations, integrated care models, and other initiatives designed to improve quality and lower costs, for better population health. The ACO Task Force analyzes the impact and trajectory of ACO and other integrated care developments nationwide, including commercial ACOs, Medicaid ACOs, and the Medicare ACO programs.

    The mission of the ACO Task Force includes informing members of any new or updated regulations, waivers, and guidance relating to the main federal ACO programs, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO program, as well as to provide information on a broader array of issues integral to ACOs, integrated care systems, population health, and payment models.

    The ACO Task Force provides webinars, written material, and sponsored in-person programming pertaining to the relationship between ACOs and population health, as well as other topics germane to ACO formation and development. Since the ACO Task Force mission is so broad, it often partners with other AHLA Practice Groups to provide deeper insight into the unique legal and policy considerations for ACOs.
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  • 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.
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  • Enterprise Risk Management Task Force
    The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding and application of enterprise risk principles to the health care industry. The premise of health care ERM is that by evaluating all risk exposures confronting an organization and addressing these risks proactively, the organization will optimize its ability to provide safe, efficient, and effective patient care while preserving the organizational assets required to deliver such care. The scope of health care ERM is broad, and encompasses all risk domains (categories): operational, financial, technology, human capital, strategic, legal and regulatory. The ERM approach facilitates the development and implementation of pragmatic, reasonable, and realistic solutions to managing risk for health care organizations and providers.
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  • 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.

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