(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), to qualify for an appointment as a mediator under this chapter a person must have completed at least 40 classroom hours of training in dispute resolution techniques in a course conducted by an alternative dispute resolution organization or other dispute resolution organization approved by the chief administrative law judge.
A person not qualified under Subsection (a) may be appointed as a mediator on agreement of the parties.
A person may not act as mediator for a claim settlement dispute if the person has been employed by, consulted for, or otherwise had a business relationship with an insurer offering the preferred provider benefit plan or a physician during the three years immediately preceding the request for mediation.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1290, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.