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Member Concierge Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Member Concierge Program

What is the Member Concierge Program (MCP) and who is eligible?
The MCP provides tailored support and service to designated contacts for firms/companies/organizations/agencies (Groups) that have 25 or more members on a consolidated billing plan.  Eligible Groups are automatically enrolled.

What are the benefits of the MCP?
As part of the MCP you have access to a dedicated Member Concierge (MC) who will provide personalized solutions and suggestions for increasing AHLA engagement, including professional development opportunities and keeping up with the latest education and training in health law. While the Association’s Member Services team will continue to handle day-to-day questions, the MC can facilitate connection to other AHLA departments and staff when it is needed.

Other benefits include receiving regular reports about member engagement and benefit usage for your Group; gaining access to a dedicated portal that provides quick links to tailored AHLA resources about benefits, important membership information, calendar of events, FAQs; and being able to confirm participation levels of those in your Group and share about opportunities for involvement.

Group Bill

Is there a grace period for Group Bill Memberships?
There is a two-week grace period on memberships.

When adding a new member, what information do you need to set up the new membership?
When we add a new member to the Group Bill we ask that they provide name, address, business phone number, email address and Bar number.

When a member is removed from the Group Bill can we replace the member that left?
Yes, we would prorate dues for the new member to match your Group’s billing expiration. The member who leaves and is removed from the group bill takes their AHLA membership with them, as it is individual, portable and connected to each person.  Bylaws prevent us from moving remaining months of membership for someone to another person. You can add additional members though at any time.

Can a new member be included on the Group Bill if they have not passed their Bar?
Yes, absolutely. AHLA welcomes any and all health law professionals – whether they are a health lawyer, compliance or privacy officer, paralegal, or in-house counsel.

If a new member joins prior to the Group’s expiration, will the membership be prorated?
Yes, we are able to prorate the individual’s dues to match your Group’s expiration date.

How do I update my roster?
These instructions will take you through the steps to update your roster and create your renewal Invoice.

What are the Membership levels?
Please visit our Member Benefits and Pricing page for more information.

New Dues Model

AHLA is improving its membership model. The Association is committed to be an inclusive organization that welcomes both health lawyers and health law professionals. In response to members’ request for a simplified membership model and dues structure, AHLA is excited to debut a more valuable, enhanced and personalized membership experience, offering new and expanded benefits, additional choices, and flexibility. Each member now will be empowered to select the AHLA content, services, and products that best meet their professional needs and provides the greatest value. We envision that this flexibility will both benefit current members and attract new members who work in the health law industry.

What is changing?
AHLA’s membership model will include three levels from which to choose, based on the bundle of benefits chosen. Dues will be $269 for the Full membership level; $369 for the Enhanced membership level; and $499 for the Premium membership level.

Who is eligible for discounting pricing on membership?
For those who are paralegals, AHLA will provide a $100 discount off the Full and Enhanced membership level pricing. In addition, the Association will continue to provide special, discounted pricing when the paralegal registers for programs and distance learning events.

How will Practice and Affinity Groups be incorporated into a membership?
When individuals become and remain AHLA members, they will select a membership level that includes access to one, two, or all Practice Groups. The Full membership level includes membership in and access to one Practice Group; the Enhanced membership level includes membership in and access to two Practice Groups; and the Premium membership level includes membership in and access to all Practice Groups. The current alignment between Practice Groups and associated Affinity Groups will remain the same. Enrollment in an Affinity Group associated with a specific Practice Group will be automatically included in a member’s package of benefits when the member joins that Practice Group.

What does my firm or organization need to do right now?
Nothing. An individual’s membership will be converted to the level that most closely matches his/her Practice Group enrollments and previous member type. An individual’s membership anniversary date is based on the month that he/she joined unless the firm or organization has a group bill. For those members covered by a group bill, the expiration date will be aligned to match the month that your organization pays for everyone. If an individual or a firm/organization typically pays dues in June or July, the renewal invoice will reflect the changes beginning in April.

Does everyone at the firm, in-house department, or organization need to select the same membership level?

Can members change their membership level to access additional membership benefits or Practice Groups?
Yes. Staff can upgrade members to a higher membership level during the year or members can opt to wait until they receive their membership renewal invoice. Those firms and organizations having a group invoice will work directly with AHLA staff to review and adjust their rosters prior to an invoice being issued.

What if a member wants to change his/her membership level in order to access additional benefits or an additional Practice Group?
A member can upgrade to a higher membership level at any time during the year by contacting AHLA. The member can also opt to wait until the membership renewal invoice is received, reassess his/her professional needs, and change the membership level at that time.

How can a member gain access to the Association’s Health Law Archive?
When someone joins AHLA for the first time at the Full or Enhanced membership level, he/she will receive a complimentary subscription to the Archive for the year. Upon renewal, the member will be able to subscribe to the Health Law Archive for an additional year at a nominal fee ($129 when selecting the Full membership level and for $99 when selecting the Enhanced membership level). When a member selects the Premium membership level, access to the Health Law Archive will be automatically included.

Organizations can obtain a site license for 5+ staff at a rate of $70 per person, per year, or by IP address for $250 (a $50 change in IP address fee may apply between billing cycles).

The Enhanced membership level includes one free webinar and discounted pricing for members when they register for additional webinars. How will this work?
When registering for webinars, pricing will automatically reflect the applicable discount. The member can receive the free webinar at any time during the year when registering for a single webinar. An AHLA webinar series includes a discount so a member will not be able to use the free single webinar to offset one of the webinars within a series.

The Premium membership includes access to the Health Law Archive, an educational pass that grants free access to all AHLA webinars and educational calls, special pricing when registering for AHLA programs, and access to all the Practice Groups. How will this work?
When registering for webinars or educational calls, no fee will be required. When registering for programs, pricing will automatically reflect the applicable discount. The Health Law Archive will be accessible as a benefit of the premium membership as will all the Practice and Affinity Groups.

We have law students as summer associates. Can they join AHLA?
Yes. If they do not hold a JD degree, they can become a student subscriber while in active student status for up to three years. A student subscriber receives select free AHLA benefits, including digital access to the AHLA Connections magazine; the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law; AHLA Weekly and AHLA Newsstand electronic newsletters; and admission to the Association’s online topical communities and professional networks. Student subscribers will also continue to receive special, discounted pricing when registering for programs and distance learning events. A student can opt to pay for the Full, Enhanced or Premium membership level if they choose and thereby receive additional benefits.

Will members be able to continue subscribing to AHLA’s Communities?
Yes. All members will continue to be able to subscribe at no cost to any of these Professional Networks: Compliance Professionals, Pro Bono, State and Local Bar Associations, Women’s, and Young Professionals. All members will automatically be subscribed to the Task Force Communities as a benefit of your AHLA members. Members who are enrolled in the Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals; Hospitals and Health Systems; In-House Counsel; or Physician Organizations Practice Groups will continue to be automatically subscribed to the Setting-Based Forums with the same name. The Topical Communities are aligned with the Preference Center and are how AHLA tags its substantive health law content. Members will continue to be able to designate their preferences and will automatically be placed in the Topical Community in alignment with their preferences. In addition, if not already subscribed by virtue of designating a preference, those members enrolled in substantive law Practice Groups will automatically be enrolled in the Topical Community that aligns with the subject matter.

Members will continue to be able to designate how they set-up their notification settings, i.e., receive messages in real-time, in a digest with other community messages, or by checking online.

What are the Member Category definitions?

  • Academician = full-time faculty at a law or graduate school 
  • Attorney = individual holding a JD degree and engaged in the practice of law, includes firm counsel, of counsel, special counsel or senior counsel
  • Health Law Professional = legal professional meeting or associated for a common purpose related to the legal profession, e.g., compliance and regulatory professionals, privacy officers, consultants, accountants and finance officers, economists, hospital and medical office administrators and practitioners.
  • In-House Counsel = attorney or lawyer practicing in a hospital or health care system, HMO, health care insurer, or professional association setting 
  • Paralegal = individual who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal
  • Public Sector = health law professional working in the public sector; non-profit legal service or legal advocacy organization; federal, state or local government work setting; or public health organization or agency
  • Solo Practitioner = lawyer who practices independently, in a law firm that may include non-lawyer support personnel but does not include other lawyers
  • Student Subscriber = enrolled full time at a law or graduate school; free benefits for up to three years; individual may not already hold a JD degree