Steven Schulman Co-Authors Article for Law360 on Akin Gump Pro Bono Partnership with Wal-Mart
In “An Innovative Model For Collaborative Pro Bono,” the latest in a series of articles for Law360 by Akin Gump pro bono partner Steven Schulman, he writes on Akin Gump’s work with Wal-Mart on a medical-legal partnership, with co-authors Lori Chumbler, Wal-Mart senior associate GC, and Ellen Lawton, who leads the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in The George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy.
The authors discuss Akin Gump’s collaboration, begun in 2010, with Wal-Mart to “create an innovative medical-legal partnership (MLP) serving disabled children and their families in Arkansas.” The MLP focused on insurance reimbursement, special education and guardianships for developmentally disabled children. Since its launch, this successful program has become a template for similar programs in other children’s hospitals in the United States.
They write, “This, in turn, led to the formation of Better Team for Child Health, a national learning network of six leading children’s hospitals to develop best practices for spreading the model in other children’s hospitals.” This effort expanded to include The Advisory Board Company, “which is utilizing its health care expertise…to lead the development of core MLP analytics and best practice recommendations for ongoing program development and demonstrate the flexibility and potential for impact and return on investment for health care institutions that integrate medical-legal partnership.”
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