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Ellen F. Kandell

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Managing partner disputes



Herewith a review of examples of common problems among partners in medical practices and how to resolve them. Financial and work-schedules disputes between younger and older physicians predominate.

This MedScape piece notes that “Most arise fr0m normal business situations and may create conflict based on differences in values and personality traits.”

Ellen F. Kandell,  a lawyer who is president of Alternative Resolutions, a conflict-resolution firm in Silver Spring, Md., observes, as she offers detailed examples and advice:

“Every practice will change over time. Change and growth are good, but they generate conflict, and most doctors don’t manage conflict well.”

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