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Submitting a Dispute to the Interprofessional Committee

 

Submitting a dispute to the Interprofessional Committee. 

 

Before bringing a dispute to the Interprofessional Committee ("IPC"), take all reasonable steps to resolve the dispute yourself.  Make phone calls, write letters, negotiate, consider a compromise.  Document all steps you take to bring the dispute to resolution. 

 

Also, if you are a physician, you are encouraged to read the Interprofessional Guidelines ("Guidelines"), which is a guide to appropriate interaction between attorneys and physicians.  Reading the Guidelines and being familiar with the Guidelines that have already been established may assist you in deciding whether or not to submit a dispute to the IPC.  It may also influence the way you conduct yourself in your interprofessional relationships in the future.  To receive a hard copy of the Interprofessional Guidelines, contact:

 

Andrea Mueller Arias, Colorado Bar Association, direct dial 303-824-5340, email: amuellararias@cobar.org

 

If you are a professional other than a physician, you are encouraged to read the Interprofessional Code ("Code"), which is a guide to the appropriate interaction between attorneys and other professionals.  Reading the Code and being familiar with the Interprofessional Guidelines that may have already been established may assist you in deciding whether or not to submit a dispute to the IPC.  It may also influence the way you conduct yourself in your interprofessional relationships in the future.  To receive a hard copy of the Interprofessional Code, contact: 

 

Andrea Mueller Arias, Colorado Bar Association, direct dial 303-824-5340, email: amuellararias@cobar.org

 

If you are unable to resolve a dispute on your own and would like the help of the IPC, write a letter to the IPC:

 

Colorado Bar Association
Interprofessional Committee
1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
303-824-5321
800-332-6736

 

If the dispute involves a physician, the dispute can also be submitted to the Interprofessional Committee, Colorado Medical Society:  7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230.

 

In the letter, give an overview of the dispute and explain what steps you have taken to resolve the dispute and what responses, if any, you have gotten from the opposing party.  Include relevant documentation. 

 

If the dispute involves a physician, the matter will be reviewed by a medical/legal dispute resolution subcommittee.  Once a dispute is submitted, the parties receive a written communication from the subcommittee.  Members of the subcommittee will investigate the dispute and make recommendations for resolution.   The full subcommittee will review the recommendation and issue a final written opinion.  The subcommittee's recommendation is not binding unless agreed to by the parties. 

 

If the matter involves a professional other than a physician, at the next meeting of the IPC, the chair person will assign your dispute to a Committee member.  The Committee member will contact all relevant parties and investigate the dispute.  After all the necessary investigation has been done, the Committee member will present the facts of the dispute to the IPC and will make a recommendation regarding resolution of the dispute.  The IPC will discuss the complaint and vote on the recommendation.  The Committee member will then write a letter to the complaining party and the opposing party explaining the decision of the IPC.  (Please note that unless otherwise agreed upon by the disputants, the recommendation of the Interprofessional Committee are not binding.)