CSHA is pleased to offer its members a new service — a hearing officer program designed to provide attorneys involved in peer review hearings with easy access to information on the identities and qualifications of potential hearing officers.
With the issue of impartial hearing officers increasingly being raised given the Haas v. County of San Bernardino (2002) 27 Cal.4th 1017, and Yaqub v. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare (2004) 122 Cal.App.4th 474 cases, CSHA has established a hearing officer program that helps attorneys identify potential candidates for selection.
The program consists of:
Maintaining a list of attorneys (with links to each participant’s resume) who meet certain qualifications for presiding over peer review hearings; and
Providing training programs and resource materials for attorneys who wish to be listed as a participant in the hearing officer program.
CSHA maintains two lists for hearing officers. To appear on either list, a person must have certain general qualifications. The Completed Hearings List is comprised of names of persons who have served as a hearing officer or been lead counsel in at least five (5) completed adversarial evidentiary hearings before a peer review hearing committee (“completed hearings”). The General List is comprised of names of persons who have not served as a hearing officer or been lead counsel in at least five completed hearings, but who have other self-identified relevant experience or qualifications.
Participation in the program is based on information provided by the persons listed. CSHA does not verify any information provided, other than membership in CSHA and participation in CSHA’s training programs. In addition, CSHA makes no comment or judgment about a person’s experience, qualifications or competence as a hearing officer. Users of the lists should independently verify the foregoing through the website of the State Bar of California, voir dire, references, and otherwise.
A core qualification to be eligible to participate in the hearing officer program is that the attorney attend CSHA training programs. Participants are also eligible and are expected to review training resources materials. The training programs cover the broad array of fundamentals, common problems and options for handling hearings, controversial topics that have yet to be resolved, and the latest developments in this rapidly evolving area of California law. The programs also provide unique insight from speakers who are among the foremost experts in California peer review.
Thank you for your interest in CSHA’s online Hearing Officer Training Program. To better serve the interests of our members, we have made this program available in an online format for convenience, ease and educational enrichment.
The training program, offered in Los Angeles in June 2017, was recorded to create a video for future training purposes and includes both the video presentations and written materials. All of these written materials are available on the CSHA website. While the general reference materials are valuable, at a minimum, we recommend that you download the core curriculum provided by the speakers before viewing the videos, to better follow the presentations and occasional references to those materials by the speakers.
Since verified completion of the training program is one requirement for inclusion on the CSHA Hearing Officer Listings, it is necessary to confirm that the video program has been viewed in its entirety. To meet this goal, a pop-up will periodically appear during the various program sessions, which will require you to record verification codes to confirm that you are actively participating. At the end of the final video, please complete the electronic evaluation form. While such forms are typically important to help evaluate and improve CSHA training programs, they are especially important here given this new format, so your completion of the evaluation is required.
To participate in the online Hearing Officer Training Program, please complete the registration form by clicking the link below. The cost to participate is $195.
If you have any questions about the online Hearing Officer Training Program, please contact us at (916) 552-7605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to participate in the program, you must be a member of CSHA, meet the requisite qualifications and make attestations for either the “Completed Hearing” or “General List.”
Remittance to CSHA of an operating fee of $50 per year and a signed Attestation Form is also required. In addition, eligible participants must furnish to CSHA a resume containing at a minimum the following information, in addition to your name and contact information:
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