Speaking Their Language: Developing a Scorecard for Medical-Legal Partnership to Balance Quality & Productivity

By Sylvia B. Caley, Lisa Radtke Bliss and Robert Pettignano.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Published Online: August 13, 2015 $US5.00

Medical-legal partnerships (MLP) are inter-professional community collaborations among physicians, lawyers, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, and other professionals. Medical-legal partnerships seek to improve health and address the social determinants of health by integrating lawyers and legal services into the daily practice of healthcare delivery. This article will demonstrate how medical-legal partnership enhances a healthcare organization’s ability to address the “six aims for improvement” identified by the Institute of Medicine’s report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the Twenty-first Century. In addition, by incorporating medical-legal partnership quality indicators into an organization’s scorecard, both the healthcare organization and the medical-legal partnership work in concert to reduce health disparities, and increase productivity and performance.

Keywords: Disparities, Balanced Scorecard, Socioeconomic Determinants, Disparities, Institute of Medicine

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.9-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 13, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 675.907KB)).

Sylvia B. Caley

Associate Clinical Professor at Georgia State University College of Law and Co-Director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Prof. Lisa Radtke Bliss

Associate Clinical Professor at Georgia State University College of Law and Co-Director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Dr. Robert Pettignano

Medical Director Health Law Partneship (HeLP); Medical Director Quality - Medicine Service Line, Administration,Pediatrics, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA