A Busy Fall

The faulty launch this fall of the federal exchange website dominated news for awhile. However, the need to comply with the requirments of the ACA (and how to do so) remains. With the help of some of the skills and management tools mentioned throughout this website, real problems maybe successfully reexamined and addressed properly. Healthcare needs some help and healing!

Discussion among different organizations and groups of what tools and management approaches can be helpful in healthcare has continued: Examples include:

- Jane Conard and my September program at the NAMSS annual conference in Florida about using communications and dispute resolution skills to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of hospital medical staff activities;

- An October program in Virginia featuring nationally prominent Dwight Golann who spoke of the evolution of dispute resolution from a 1980s style of rights based processes in connection with litigation to the growth of mediation inside organizations as an effective organizational management and growth tool;

- An issue of the Virginia State Bar magazine surveying innovative applications of dispute resolution in different substantive fields - including my description of uses in the health industry;

-A program by Jamie Baskerville Martin of McCandlishHolton and myself at the November Virginia Bar Association Health Law Section's Annual Roundtable about using ADR in a post healthreform world;

More is on the way in 2014. In the meanwhile, here are wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. We do have much for which to be thankful.



Jeanne Franklin