Mediation is a confidential form of Alternative Dispute Resolution that offers parties an opportunity to resolve their disputes without having an administrative hearing. The State Office of Administrative Hearings has approximately 30 trained administrative law judge mediators with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Parties considering mediation or involved in a dispute that has been referred to mediation are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the State Office of Administrative Hearings’ procedural rule concerning mediation, 1 Tex. Admin. Code § 155.351.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings also provides the following services:
In mediation an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties and helps them explore settlement options. Mediation is a collaborative process. The parties control whether or not the dispute is resolved.
If the parties to a contested case try mediation, but mediation is not successful, they still have the right to an administrative hearing presided over by an administrative law judge who was not the mediator.
All mediation materials submitted to the State Office of Administrative Hearings should be clearly marked as “CONFIDENTIAL MEDIATION INFORMATION.” Pre-mediation statements and all other mediation materials may be sent by United States Postal Mail, hand-delivery, or fax to the State Office of Administrative Hearings Austin office.
Model Guidelines for the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Texas State Agencies .
Mediation for Out-of-Network Hospital-Based Health Care Provider (Balance Billing) Claims
Balance Billing Mediator Roster as required by 1 Tex. Admin. Code § 167.103(a)
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