Researchers at the National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships published a primer on the components of medical-legal partnerships and how they can address the intersections between health, social, and environmental issues. There are more than 300 MLPs nationally and they analyze the shared components of each.
Researchers conducted a cost-benefit analysis with a secondary data from a legal aid program that helped with health-related issues, such as medication coverage, Social Security benefits, and Medicaid reimbursement. The researchers found that 25.5 percent of the closed cases resulted in a win for the client; 42.7 percent of the closed cases were referred to the appropriate legal aid entity; and 18.7 percent were lost to follow up or closed due to a changing need. Only 13.4 percent of cases were lost for the client.
Medical-Legal Partnerships At Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Improved Housing And Psychosocial Outcomes For Vets
Researchers analyzed data from 950 veterans who used serviced provided at four MLPs. They find that veterans most frequently reported problems related to benefits, housing, family, and consumer finance. After receiving services through a MLP, the veterans experienced improvements in housing, income, and mental health.
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership conducted a study on the legal needs of veterans. They describe the legal needs of veterans. They then provide case studies on three MLPs, showing how MLPs are changing how we think of care for veterans.
In this study, researchers profile LegalHealth, a free legal services program that works alongside health care providers in cancer care. Because oncologists often discuss insurance, employment, and financial concerns at first diagnosis and then later on, advanced planning (e.g., health care proxies, advance directives, etc.), they are in a prime position to partner with legal services. In this article, the researchers profile the benefits to patients, families and care partners, as well as benefits to providers and to the health care institution.
In this evaluation, researchers reviewed program referral and outcomes over three years from an MLP. They found that through the legal services component of the MLP, they overturned 17 benefit denials and the institution received $923,188 for current and past health services.
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership conducted a survey of MLPs and received a response rate of 55 percent. The survey provides an overview of key characteristics of MLPs, the people served by MLPs, the resources associated with operating an MLP, service integration and information sharing, and the ways MLPs advance health and wellbring. NCMLP survey is about the need for partnership between health care system and civil legal aid. This survey also discusses in detail the expected advantages of medical-lagel partnership MLPs. The NCMLP focuses on the benefits that communities families,and individuals can get through medical-legal partnership.
In this study, researchers conducted a cost benefit analysis of an MLP. Using baseline data and three years of follow up data in logic modelling, they find that there was a 319 percent return on investment.
This study looked at how legal interventions affected pediatric patients with sickle cell disease. The researchers find that of the 106 cases opened under the MLP partnership resulted in 99 closed cases with 21 of them “resulting in a measurable gain of benefits.”
This study analyzed patient stress before and after receiving a legal intervention through an MLP. The researchers find that patient stress decreased after receiving legal services.