Mediation is an increasingly widespread form of alternative dispute resolution. In contrast to other forms of dispute resolution, mediation allows the parties to determine for themselves the nature of the resolution and to maintain, if agreed upon, the confidentiality of the dispute, the proceedings, and the outcome. Based on tenets of “principled negotiation,” mediation generally offers a quicker and much more cost-effective means for parties to agree on a workable resolution to their conflict. In fact, many contracts now include mediation as an agreed upon first step in attempting to resolve disputes.
Many disputes that arise in a health care setting are particularly well suited for mediation. Disputants can come to the table much more quickly if they agree to attempt a mediated solution, which allows an opportunity to air grievances and concerns before positions become potentially entrenched. My experience in health law and management gives me subject-matter familiarity to be an informed mediator for these types of disputes. Whether the disputes are between, for instance, providers and payers, providers and facilities, or among providers, mediation can be a means to resolve a given dispute while preserving important relationships.
I am available to mediate a range of other matters, including disputes arising from contractual arrangements or employment situations.
I have received mediation training from the American Health Lawyers Associations and from The Mediation and Training Collaborative and volunteer in local small claims courts.