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Health Care Arbitration Training


Monday, December 4, 2023

11:00-11:25 am ET

Welcome and Introductions

David Cade & Geoff Drucker

11:25 am-12:25 pm ET

Agreement to Arbitrate

Paul Risner


  • Basic clause
  • Exercising control over process
  • Tailoring the clause to specific situations
  • Sample clauses
 Break 12:25 -12:30 pm ET
12:30-1:30 pm ET

Process for Selecting an Arbitrator | Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosures 

Paul Risner


  • Options and Processes for Arbitrator Selection
  • Communications between Parties and Arbitrators
  • Arbitrator disclosures
  • Codes of Arbitrator ethics
  Break 1:30 -2:00 pm ET
2:00-3:25 pm ET

Group Exercise on Ethics

Paul Risner


  • Handout with ethics-based scenarios for analysis and group discussion
 Break 3:25 -3:30 pm ET
3:30-4:15 pm ET

Arbitrator Authority and Responsibilities

Elise Brennan


  • Scope of Arbitrator authority
  • Jurisdiction determinations
  • Role of Arbitrator
  • AHLA rules that support Arbitrator in making determination
  • Managed arbitrations



Tuesday, December 5, 2023

11:00 am-12:50 pm ET

Pre-Hearing Process

Glenn Waldman


  • The Rule 5.4 Status Conference
  • Procedural issues
  • Substantive issues
  • Fact Discovery
  • Expert Witnesses Disclosures and Discovery
  • Non-Party Subpoenas
  • Motion Practice
  • The Scheduling Order
 Break 12:50 -1:00 pm ET
1:00-2:00 pm ET

Unconscious Bias for Arbitrators

Melanie Sanders


  • What is Unconscious Bias
  • How to Recognize Their Own Biases
  • Impacts of Bias as Arbitrators
  • How to Overcome the Effects of Bias
 Break 2:00 -2:25 pm ET
2:25-3:40 pm ET

Group Exercise on Arbitrator Authority and Preliminary Hearings

Glenn Waldman


  • Handout with 9 questions on authority and process for analysis and group discussion
 Break 3:40 -3:45 pm ET
3:45-4:30 pm ET

Managing Health Care Documents in Arbitration

Stuart Widman


  • Basic terms and concepts
  • Distinctive features
  • Establishing ground rules for production of ESI
  • Sampling



Wednesday, December 6, 2023

11:00 am-12:15 pm ET

Arbitration Hearings

Stuart Widman


  • Pre-hearing submissions
  • Opening and closing arguments
  • Evidence: ground rules and guidelines
  • Managing time and emotions
  • Closing and reopening the hearing
  Break 12:15 -12:25 pm ET
12:25-1:40 pm ET

Group Exercise on Arbitration Hearings

Stuart Widman

   Break 1:40 -2:10 pm ET
2:10-2:55 pm ET

Post-Hearing Issues

Glenn Waldman


  • Confirmation of the award
  • Vacating an award
  • Application of state law
  • Application of Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)
  • Limitations of review and manifest of disregard of the law
  • Appellate consideration
   Break 2:55 -3:00 pm ET
3:00-4:15 pm ET

AHLA Rules and Procedures 

Geoff Drucker & Panel


  • How to manage parties who are representing themselves
  • Class actions: Who decides and on what basis –Serving as an AHLA arbitrator
  • AHLA Rules of Procedure for consumer, employment, and valuation claims
  • Sanctions in arbitration
  • Be prepared to handle potential for animosity, including dealing with unruly individuals and staying in control of the proceedings



Thursday, December 7, 2023

11:00 am-12:00 pm ET

Awards & Orders

Elise Brennan


  • Interim Orders
  • Partial Final Awards
  • Form / framework of awards
  • AHLA rules on awards
  • Drafting of awards
  • Corrections
    Break 12:00 -12:05 pm ET
12:05-1:20 pm ET

Group Exercise on Awards & Orders

Elise Brennan


  • Analysis and group discussion of drafting an award based on a hypothetical set of facts
1:20 pm ET

Final Remarks 

Geoff Drucker

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