Collaborative in Healthcare
Medical professionals and hospitals strive to deliver the best medical services available to keep their patients healthy and satisfied, and returning; to gain and maintain good will, respect, and a reputation for excellence in their communities; to promote sound business relationships; and to earn profits.
Notwithstanding these goals and objectives, disputes will inevitably still arise in the form of malpractice claims or disputes among healthcare professionals, their hospitals and insurance companies.
Collaborative Practice allows parties in the healthcare profession to resolve these disputes in a less disruptive and more cost-effective manner by engaging in good faith interest-based negotiation and a commitment by the parties not to go to court.
The process is voluntary and confidential. Civil Collaborative Practice therefore protects the reputation of the hospital and healthcare professionals and the welfare of the patient by addressing the interests of the parties involved.
The Collaborative process is well suited to patients and medical practitioners alike. When necessary, Civil Collaborative Practice offers the parties the advantage of a team approach to assist them in the resolution of their conflict. The parties, their lawyers and a team of coaches, financial advisers or other specialists will work together to generate options that best meet the interests of the parties and guide them to a resolution of their dispute. The patients' claim may be resolved, potentially years earlier than in litigation, with the patients retaining a greater proportion of the compensation due to a more cost-effective process. The doctor is able to privately offer an explanation and an apology without fear it will be treated as an admission of fault in Court, thereby preserving the doctor-patient relationship and continuity of patient care.
Collaborative Practice allows urgent, contested medical disputes to be dealt with when time constraints make litigation an impractical alternative.
Insurance Companies are also able to settle legitimate cases earlier than a trial process normally allows and to contain legal fees and expenses.
For patients, medical professionals, and other participants in the healthcare industry, resolution of disputes through Collaborative Practice gives them a better chance to continue to treat their patients, to work with each other, to protect their reputations, and to return to their shared interest of delivering excellent healthcare and services.
Kathleen Clark, Esq. (sadly she is in California) concentrates her practice on applying Collaborative Practice in situations of Medical errors. She has a good deal of information on her site. Click here to visit her.
For more information, click here or see the website of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.