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Health Care Arbitration Training 2022


Health care attorneys are increasingly turning to arbitration. This engaging, interactive program imparts the substantive knowledge and skills needed to arbitrate health law cases effectively. It will qualify you to serve as an arbitrator for the AHLA Dispute Resolution Service.

*All times are Eastern Standard Time

Monday, December 5, 2022

11:00-11:25 am
Welcome and Introductions
Geoff Drucker
11:25 am-12:25 pm

Agreements to Arbitrate
Paul E. Risner

 Basic clause
 Exercising control over process
 Tailoring the clause to specific situations
 Sample clauses

12:40-1:45 pm

Process for Selecting an Arbitrator | Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosures
Melissa Thompson

 Options and processes for Arbitrator Selection
 Communications between Parties and Arbitrators
 Arbitrator disclosures
 Codes of Arbitrator ethics

2:00-3:15 pm

Group Exercise on Ethics
Melissa Thompson

 Handout with ethics-based scenarios for analysis and group discussion

3:30-4:15 pm

Arbitrator Authority and Responsibilities
Melissa Thompson

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


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

11:00 am-12:45 pm

Pre-Hearing Process
Melvia B. Green
Paul E. Risner

 The Rule 5.4 Status Conference
 Procedural issues
 Substantive issues
 Fact Discovery and Expert Witnesses Disclosures (and Discovery)
 The Scheduling Order

1:00-2:15 pm

Group Exercise on Arbitrator Authority and Preliminary Hearings
Geoff Drucker
Melvia B. Green

 Handout with 9 questions on authority and process for analysis and group discussion

2:30-3:15 pm

Managing Health Care Documents in Arbitration
Stuart M. Widman

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


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Arbitration Hearings
Stuart M. Widman

 Pre-hearing submissions
 Opening and closing arguments
 Evidence: ground rules and guidelines
 Managing time and emotions
 Closing and reopening the hearing

12:30-1:45 pm

Group Exercise on Arbitration Hearings
Stuart M. Widman

 Handout with 7 questions for analysis and group discussion

2:00-2:45 pm

Post-Hearing Issues
Melissa Thompson

 Reconsideration by the Arbitrator
 Vacating an award
 Limitations of Review
 Enforcement of a Final Award (Jurisdiction for Confirmation and/or Vacatur)

3:00-4:15 pm

Pro Se Parties / Class Actions / AHLA Rules and Procedures
Geoff Drucker
Melvia B. Green
Stuart M. Widman

 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 8, 2022

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Melvia B. Green

 Interim Awards
 Partial Final Awards
 Form / framework of awards
 AHLA rules on awards
 Drafting of awards

12:15-1:30 pm

Group Exercise on Awards
Melissa Thompson

 Analysis and group discussion of drafting an award based on a hypothetical set of facts

1:30-2:15 pm
Question and Answer Session
Geoff Drucker
Melvia B. Green
Melissa Thompson
Stuart M. Widman
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If your organization is interested in sponsoring AHLA's Health Care Arbitration Training program, please contact Valerie Eshleman.