Excellence in health care requires excellence in health law. The American Health Law Association (AHLA) is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. We maintain excellence in health law by educating and connecting the health law community.
Our Mission and Our Members
The mission of AHLA is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected health care legal issues.
With over 13,000 members, AHLA’s membership is diverse not only in background but in their practice areas and settings. Members practice in law and consulting firms; academic, in-house, and in a variety of public sector work settings. They represent the entire spectrum of the health care industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health plans and health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers.
In principle and in practice, AHLA values and seeks to advance and promote diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible participation within the Association for all staff and members. Guided by these values, the Association strongly encourages and embraces meaningful participation of diverse individuals as it leads health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue.
- Inclusion fosters an environment where individuals feel safe to engage and participate fully because they feel respected, free to express their ideas, and valued for their unique voice, perspective, and abilities.
- Diversity reflects the ways people are different from one another. This goes beyond the boundaries of race and gender to include culture, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religion, neurodiversity, gender identity, experiences, disability, and invisible illness.
- Equity creates fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for individuals by establishing systems and processes that counteract social inequities and prevent the formation of barriers.
- Accessibility creates equitable access for individuals of all ability and experience.
The AHLA Board of Directors approved this Statement of Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in June of 2021 to replace its previous Diversity+Inclusion Statement.
AHLA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 23 board members. The Board of Directors typically meets twice a year in person and several times virtually. Board members serve on the following Committees:
- Membership Diversity+Inclusion
- Practice Groups and Special Councils
An Executive Committee composed of 8 members meets 4-6 times a year in person and by phone.
On July 1, 1997, the National Health Lawyers Association and the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys combined into a single organization called the American Health Lawyers Association, which created the nation's largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health industry.
On January 16, 2020 the Association changed its name to the American Health Law Association (AHLA) to better reflect its commitment to be an inclusive organization that educates and connects the entire health law community.
What is Health Law?
Health Law is the body of federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations and cases that governs the health care industry, including the delivery of all health-related services to patients by all of its individual and institutional participants. The health care industry is very heavily regulated, and all of its activities and operations are subject to numerous, complex state and federal rules. Health lawyers have in-depth knowledge and experience working in this regulatory framework, and provide advice to hospitals, physician organizations, long term care facilities, home health agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, as well as to physicians and other individual health care providers on how to comply with these rules. The practice of health law can focus on several different areas, the most significant of which include:
- Behavioral Health
- Dispute Resolution
- Fraud and Abuse
- Government Reimbursement
- Health Care Delivery Models
- Health Care Finance and Transactions
- Health Information
- Health Insurance
- Health Policy and Administration
- Labor and Employment
- Life Sciences
- Long Term Care
- Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review
- Patient Care Liability and Litigation
- Tax and Nonprofit
Learn More About AHLA
Milestones In AHLA and Health Law Interviews
Learn about our history with Past Presidents and Fellows interviews. Topics include:
- Evolution of Government Antitrust Enforcement in Healthcare
- Use and Rise of the FCA and Healthcare Fraud Enforcement
- Evolution of the Appeals Process
- And many more!