Group working to lure national medical-legal conference to Indianapolis

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A group of legal and medical professionals will launch an effort Thursday to bring a super bowl – of sorts – to Indianapolis.

The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition is joining with other legal and medical professionals to entice the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership to hold its 2016 Medical Legal Partnership Summit in the Circle City.

Adam Mueller, vice president of IHAC, described the summit as being the super bowl of the medical legal community. He thinks the city’s health-centric attractions like the Cultural Trail and the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program, along with the state’s economic emphasis on life sciences, will make the state an attractive location for the conference.  

A key to bringing the conference to Indiana will be for the group to raise the required $20,000 needed to make the bid to the national center.

“We can do the Super Bowl,” he said, referring Indianapolis hosting the 2012 NFL championship, “we can do this.”

The national conference would bring an estimated 350 professionals from health care, law, public health, social work, government and academia to Indianapolis. The three-day event would focus on lectures and panel discussions to share insights and best practices about prevention and mitigation of legal and social needs for individuals will health issues.

Medical-legal partnerships enable lawyers to work in tandem with medical personnel and get to the root cause of a client’s problem, said Mueller, who is also the director of litigation at Indiana Legal Services. The summit provides an additional opportunity for conversations and networking that deepen ties between the medical and legal communities.

The process to bring the conference to Indianapolis officially begins Thursday with an evening reception. Officials from IHAC, general counsel from IU Health and Eskenzai Health, as well as professors, private attorneys and physicians are scheduled to attend.


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