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National Leaders to Explore Health Care Conflicts

Joint DRI/HLI Symposium draws major national health care leaders who will lead discussions on various topics related to resolving health care conflict

symposiumAn Intentional Conversation about Conflict Resolution in Health Care, scheduled for November 8-10, and co-sponsored by the law school's Dispute Resolution Institute and the Health Law Institute, promises to encourage purposeful conversation about the critical issue of conflict resolution in health care. The list of symposium theme leaders reads like a list of "who's who" in health law education and practice, including:

Mary Foarde, General Counsel with Allina Health System;

Debra Geradi, Chair, Program on Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Resolution, Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Creighton University School of Law

Barbara Hartwick, Director, Health & Welfare Benefits, Xcel Energy

Dianne Hoffman, Professor of Law and Director, Law and Health Care Program, University of Maryland Law School

James Jacobson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica Health Plans

David Matz, Founder and Director, Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston

Charity Scott, Professor of Law and Director for Center for Law, Health & Society, Georgia State University School of Law

Dr. Marty Stillman, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Physician, Department of General Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center

Dr. James Thompson, President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards

Ellen Waldman, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Dr. Eben Weitzman, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. William J. Winslade, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Associate Director for Graduate Programs, University of Houston Health Law & Policy Institute.

Symposium Theme Leaders will explore the following topics: "Building a Context for Conversation-What Makes Health Care Conflicts Different?" "Developing Guiding Principles for Addressing Patient Care Disputes," "Developing Guiding Principles for Health Coverage Disputes," and "Developing Guiding Principles for Addressing Dispute in the Area of Provider Competency."

The symposium will conclude with a Synthesis session in which the insights that emerged from earlier sessions will be discussed in the context of identifying an over-arching set of principles for addressing a wide variety of health-care conflicts. Participants also will consider whether these declared conflict resolution principles are helpful in addressing much larger policy challenges facing the American health care system. For more information on the Symposium, visit http://law.hamline.edu/adr/2007_biennial-symposium.html or contact Debra Berghoff at 651-523-2946 or dberhoff@hamline.edu.