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10 Organizations for Healthcare Paralegals

Healthcare Paralegals Federation (HPF)
HPF is intended to be an organization for healthcare paralegals, paralegals interested in learning more about healthcare law specializations, and legal professionals who are interested in the growth of paralegals in this field.

American Bar Association Health Law Section
One of 27 Sections, Divisions, and Forum of the ABA. Governed by a Council, which includes the Officers. Section divisions include: administrative, member services, policy, program, and publications. Three main activities are CLE programs, publications, and government submissions – almost all of are driven by twelve substantive interest groups. Publications include The Health Lawyer; ABA Health eSource; Practice Guide Series

State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section
To serve the health care community and advocate on behalf of its interests concerning state and federal legislation and public policy which affect the practice of health care law and related issues. To provide education to the health care community with regard to legal practices and health care law issues. To advocate and serve as an educational resource for members of the State Bar for the purpose of fostering professional development and the advancement of health care law standards. To recognize diversity and serve the specialized needs of the health care community. To establish and maintain viable working relationships with the health care community. To promote awareness and involvement of State Bar members, health care professionals and the general public regarding the purpose and work of the Section. Publications include Michigan Health Law Report.

American Health Lawyers Association
Leading health law to excellence through education, information, and dialogue, the American Health Lawyers Association (Health Lawyers) is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 10,000 members. Currently 38 staff members are responsible for the operational activities of the organization. The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association 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 nonpartisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. Health Lawyers provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers.

Health Care Compliance Association
HCCA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance professionals and others who share these principles. Functions are: To promote quality compliance programs in health care — their introduction, development, and maintenance. To provide a forum for interaction and information exchange to enable our members to provide high quality compliance programs. To create high quality educational opportunities for those involved with compliance in the health care industry.

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) provides resources, education and leadership to its members and the healthcare and legal communities. Functions are: To promote and enhance TAANA and the profession of the nurse attorney. To provide educational programs, products and services to members, chapters and the public. To facilitate communication, collaboration and leadership among members. To serve as a resource for the healthcare and legal communities.

The Centers for Law & the Public’s Health
The Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities has a multidimensional mission. It includes: Serving as a primary resource on public health law for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, policy-makers, advocates, and the public; Improving understanding about how the law affects the prevention of disease and injury through research, education, training, collaboration, and dissemination of information; and Promoting the development and implementation of an effective public health law infrastructure. Develop core legal competencies in public health law and corresponding curricula, as well as new training materials as needed; Work with stakeholders and national partners to deliver training sessions and materials useful for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, and policymakers; Conduct legal research and analysis in targeted areas relevant to public health law and policy; Examine the public health law infrastructure and make recommendations for needed improvements; Promote communication and collaboration among interest groups through our web site and other communication mediums; and Enhance the visibility and effectiveness of law as a tool for the promotion of the public's health.

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Where multidisciplinary education improves practice; a unique resource for attorneys, physicians, nurses, ethicists, educators, students, administrators, and other professionals shaping health care for the 21
st century.

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Health Reform
Learn what is in the new law and what HHS is charged with doing and what we are responsible for. The new health reform law includes a series of
authorities and responsibilities for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and other Operating Divisions to issue regulations and implement many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.