Saturday, January 16, 2010
On Monday we blogged about the Charity Hospital dispute in New Orleans. FEMA and the State of Louisiana are at odds over how much FEMA should pay for damage to the hospital as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The settlement will be used to help build a new hospital, so the stakes are high. An article in today's New Orleans Picayune reports that the week-long federal arbitration hearing concluded on Friday. The three-person panel of arbitrators from the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals now has 60 days to issue a decision. The arbitration process for this sort of dispute is a new process, created just last year by Congress. Other cases have used the process, but the Charity Hospital case is the largest dispute to date.