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THE FLORIDA MEDICAL MALPRACTICE REFORM INITIATIVE LITIGATION ALTERNATIVE WORKGROUP 16 APRIL 2004 CONFERENCE Your participation in the short-term Special Workgroup on Litigation Alternatives is appreciated. Our first formal meeting will be Friday, 16 April, 2004, 10 AM – 2 PM at the AHCA headquarters on Mahan Drive in Tallahassee. Lunch and snacks will be served. Details of this meeting will be forwarded. Our goal, between now and 20 June, is to share information and produce recommendations to AHCA and the Legislature about: 1. how risk management strategies and best practices can be injected into the clinical and operational settings of health care providers to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety 2. what kinds of incentives can be crafted to encourage frontloading of patient safety strategies 3. how post-event strategies, such as mediation, arbitration, structured settlements and even no-fault concepts may be better deployed. The Special Workgroup consists of representatives from: Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Florida Hospital Association Florida Medical Association Florida Medical Malpractice Insurance Carriers Self-Funded Programs of Florida's Medical Colleges Non- Medical Malpractice Insurance Carriers Insurance Consultants Office of Insurance Regulation Agency for Health Care Administration University of Miami Center for Patient Safety Florida State University Center for Patient Safety University of Florida College of Medicine A list serve has been established that will serve as a vehicle for communicating between and among members of the Workgroup. We are accumulating literature and data that will be maintained in a virtual formal and shared with you for review. You can access the list serve through: firstname.lastname@example.org Bi-weekly telephone conference calls will be held among Workgroup members to provide updates on research findings and the evolution of recommendations with member of the Workgroup. A total of three meetings of the Workgroup will be held, April, May and June, in most likely in Tallahassee. The Project Coordinator for this effort is Robin Suggs (email@example.com, 813- 974-7742) and the Research Assistant with whom you will be interacting most is Marie Denis (firstname.lastname@example.org, 813-974-4213). We have a short time line, lots of information to review and summarize, and some good targets for recommendations that you will be directing us toward. We'll be connecting with you by phone and providing additional background information about the 16 April conference in the week ahead.
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