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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: litalt@lyris.hsc.usf.edu
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 (rsuggs@hsc.usf.edu, 813-
974-7742) and the Research Assistant with whom you will be interacting most is
Marie Denis (mdenis@hsc.usf.edu, 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.