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 healthcare 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.
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:
- 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
AHLA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 26 board members. The Board of Directors 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.
Our Commitment to Diversity+Inclusion
In principle and in practice, the American Health Law Association values and seeks to advance and promote diverse and inclusive participation within the Association regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability. Guided by these values, the Association strongly encourages and embraces participation of diverse individuals as it leads health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of AHLA. They are integral to our self-understanding and our embrace of a vibrant health law community. We strive to leverage diversity and actively practice inclusion as critical mission strategies to ensure that all members can participate equally in the many riches that AHLA offers in its programs, and educational and leadership opportunities.
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.