Medico-Legal Integration in Primary Care?

We have Behavioral Health Specialists embedded in our medical clinics. Now I hear that some clinics are doing the same with lawyers for the benefit of their patients. The New York Times has an interesting article about this:

“In the early 1990s, Barry Zuckerman, the chief of pediatrics at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), decided he was tired of seeing kids cycling back into the hospital again and again — asthmatic kids who never got better because of the mold in their houses, infants with breathing problems because their apartments were unheated. He’d write letters to the landlord, who ignored them, said Megan Sandel, who was an intern there at the time. Then at a cocktail party, someone listening to his complaints asked Zuckerman: What does the law say?

Zuckerman thought it was an important question. In 1993, he established the Family Advocacy Program with three lawyers to prod landlords, secure government benefits families were entitled to and fight with Medicaid, insurance companies, schools and other bureaucracies.”

From The New York Times:

When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

http://nyti.ms/1kB2Eo3

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