Healthcare Negotiations Training

Almost everyone’s job requires negotiation, but very few people have received formal training to help them be successful. In healthcare negotiating a contract with a vendor, a payor, or a union can be challenging. Without practice and specific skills, your organization can suffer.

A proper healthcare negotiations training program should address the activities that must take place before any negotiation, the skills necessary to conduct a successful negotiation, and plenty of chances to practice. The best programs contextualize the training for the healthcare setting.

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Washington Hospital Services’ Negotiations Program empowers hospitals and healthcare organizations to effectively negotiate with suppliers, unions, and others.

With experienced negotiators, the program helps hospital staff develop and improve skills that should be employed prior to and during negotiations to secure favorable terms and pricing. Through skill development and role play activities participants will develop the tools they need to prepare for and conduct successful negotiations that deliver concrete results for their organizations.

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Negotiations 101
Work (and life) often seems like an endless negotiation. With everyone. About everything.  Even if we negotiate on a regular basis, for most of us, this is one of the most stressful situations we hope to avoid.  Ask for a raise or advocate for a promotion? Negotiate a contract with a vendor? Get folks on the project team (who really don’t work for you) to do the work? Settle on a vacation destination with a spouse? Get the kids to bed without a fight? Buy a new car? If these are some of the things that cause you to scrummage through the medicine cabinet for an antiacid, you’re in the right place!  In this course, you will learn the tools, techniques, process, and attitude to help you overcome your “fear of the deal” and set you on a path to become a successful negotiator!

Advanced Negotiations
Most experienced professionals have negotiated many times in their lives and have often taken a negotiations course at some point in their career. The current course is intended to sharpen and advance those skills by offering experienced negotiators organizing frameworks and sophisticated strategies to deal with a variety of negotiation scenarios. The course will build participants’ understanding, skill, and confidence to achieve better outcomes in all their negotiations—large and small. Participants will learn how to increase the quality of the agreements they negotiate to maximize potential value, and how to claim as much of that value for themselves, even in complex, ambiguous, or conflict-ridden contexts. A basic premise of the course is that becoming a great negotiator is an ongoing learning journey, where increasing competence is attained through thoughtful, evidence-based skill building.

The course is structured around three types of activities:

       Applying analytical skills to gain a strategic understanding of negotiation contexts

       Learning empirically validated techniques for advancing interests

       Practice, practice, and more practice

Negotiations 101

Negotiation 101

      Defining what negotiation is and what it is not

      Understanding different types of negotiations

      Drill down to the “Real Why” of any negotiation

      Managing negative and positive assumptions

What to Bring to the Table

      Understanding wants, needs, and walk-aways to get measurable value

      Developing and weighting potential outcomes

      Knowing when silence is golden

Knowledge is Power

      “Making the Pie Bigger” by identifying and maximizing potential missed opportunities

      Dealing with pain points

      The role of transparency and trust: sharing information cards (know when to hold ‘em, and know when to play ‘em)

      Leveraging for the ultimate outcome


Getting Down to Brass Tacks

      Revisiting the “Five Whys”

      Implementing techniques for eliciting information

      Negotiating one-on-one

      Working as a team to negotiate with management

Special Circumstances

      Overcoming cultural challenges

o  Organizational

o  Ethnic

o  Gender

      Working with cross-functional teams and priorities

      Negotiating on the fly when there is no time to prepare


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

      Identify types of negotiations and recommend resolution approach

      Demonstrate service-oriented negotiation skills in any environment

      Recognize what a Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) is and why it is a critical component of any negotiation

      Add value to every negotiation by identifying and leveraging potential missed opportunities

      Successfully negotiate in culturally biased situations


Teaching methods include some lecture and extensive hands-on practice via in-class activities.

Advanced Negotiations

Week 1 Negotiating in organizations

·      Engaging in value creation across multiple issues with quantitative and qualitative outcomes

·      Navigating dynamics of power, status, and group identities

·      Using negotiations to strengthen long-term working relationships

Week 2 Advanced integrative strategies

·      Identifying counterparts’ values and preferences

·      Leveraging uncertainty and varied risk preferences for value creation

·      Engaging in ongoing deal improvement

Week 3 Game theory and coalition building

·      Gaining a basic
understanding of mixed motive nature of negotiations

·      Identifying factors that lead to trust violations and trust building

·      Considering the effect of multi-party dynamics on communication

Week 4 Psychological drivers of conflict escalation

·      Gaining an awareness of the key psychological drivers of conflict

·     Learning to recognize and mitigate cognitive biases that prevent conflict resolution

·      Recognizing when and how to involve third parties

Week 5 Communicating across ideological disagreement

·      Leveraging questions to identify needs and values in disagreement

·      Learning about and practicing techniques for demonstrating engagement with opposing perspectives 

·      Using story-telling to build trust and authenticity

Negotiations 101
March 6 – April 3, 2024
8:30 – 11:30 AM PT every Wednesday

Advanced Negotiations
May 1 – May 29, 2024
9:00 – 10:30 AM PT every Wednesday

Instructor-led sessions via Zoom

Negotiations 101
$775 per person

Advanced Negotiations

$2,175 per person

Program fee includes course materials and certificate of completion.

A digital Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants upon
successful completion of the program. Successful completion of the program will be based on attendance of virtual sessions.

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Negotiations 101 Info Session
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 PM PT

Advanced Negotiations Info Session
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 PM PT

Secrets of Negotiating: How to Win Without Losing Friends and Allies!
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Time: 11:00-12:00 PM PT

Have you ever admired someone for getting exactly what they needed out of a negotiation, with the “other side” walking away just as pleased?  Have you ever left a negotiation only later to think, “man, I missed the chance to…?”  Ever bought a car or asked for a raise?  How about negotiating with your teenager about curfew time?  Or with your dog to wait “just five minutes longer” before going on a walk?  How you handle any of these situations can make or break not only your negotiations, but your relationships as well. 

The good news is that there are tactics that will make people want to negotiate with you – and hopefully even make everyone enjoy the process!

This webinar is an overview of the basics and nuances of integrative negotiating, whether you break out in a cold sweat when it’s time to negotiate what’s for dinner or yell “YES” when called up to negotiate in the majors. You will hear how to prepare, how to present a deal, counteract an unfair proposal, deal with a hardball situation, and break existing patterns in order to achieve better outcomes for all involved.  You will also understand how valuable soft skills such as empathy, creativity, emotional intelligence, and problem solving can make the difference between success and failure!


Sacha Adele Field (Soja), PMP, CPP, CSSGB, LEED Green Assoc.

Sacha has developed her skills as a project leader, mentor, and negotiations concierge with over 30 years of experience in cross-functional project management. She worked with change management and agile methodologies before those terms were coined and, whatever you do, don’t tell her that “we have always done it that way.”

Sacha started her career at Morgan Stanley in NYC, relocated to Los Angeles where she ran projects in both tv and film production (Agile anyone?). She then went on to manage themed entertainment engineering and fabrication projects (think exploding barrels and Tinkerbell) where she honed her skills in international negotiations and leading cross-functional teams. As Director of Project Management at the California Science Center, Sacha successfully negotiated everything from exhibit design and fabrication to construction and building air rights among the Science Center, Foundation, and State of California representatives. No small task. In 2010 Sacha’s passion for teaching and work as a practitioner collided. She met the Total Systems Education, Ltd. (TSE) team during this time, and also became the Lead Instructor for PMI Metrolina’s PMP prep course. Sacha was hand-picked to join the launch team at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. in the role of Director of Operations for the Museum. After opening the museum in a mere 18 months, Sacha accepted a role as Director of Property Management at the Catalina Island Conservancy, overseeing 42,000 acres of protected and privately owned land. 

In 2022, Sacha reignited her passion for helping women learn how to negotiate transitions in their lives. In 2023, she eagerly joined the team at TSE as Director of Innovation. Sacha’s goal is to combine her own unique skillset with TSE’s extensive project management expertise to positively impact as many lives as possible.

Julia Minson

Julia Minson is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the founder of Disagreeing Better, LLC. She is a decision scientist with research interests in conflict, negotiations and judgment and decision making. Her primary line of research addresses the “psychology of disagreement” – How do people engage with opinions, judgments and decisions that are different from their own?
She explores this theme in the context of disagreement around hot-button, identity relevant topics, such as conflicts around politics, professional decision-making, and lifestyle choices. She is particularly interested in simple, scalable interventions to help people be more receptive to views and opinions they strongly oppose.

Minson also studies group decision making to uncover the psychological biases that prevent managers, consumers, and policy-makers from maximizing the benefits of collaboration. This includes research on under-weighting of advice, “wisdom of crowds,” and over-confidence.

Much of Julia’s research is conducted in collaboration with the graduate and post-doctoral members of MC² – the Minson Conflict and Collaboration Lab.

At the Kennedy School Julia is affiliated with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Center for Public Leadership, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. Julia teaches courses on negotiations and decision-making as part of the Management, Leadership and Decision Science area, as well as through HKS Executive Education.

Julia is the organizer of the HKS Conflict Management and Depolarization speaker series, sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership and the Management Leadership and Decision Sciences Area.

Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Julia served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Negotiations at both the MBA and the undergraduate levels. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her BA in Psychology from Harvard University.

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Jenn Bui
I learned so much from Dr. Bauman's 4-hour negotiations course that I saved my organization $60,000​ when I renegotiated a contract the following week. ​Dr. Bauman combines research-based skills building with interactive role play exercises in a way that is both fun and highly informative. I was disappointed when the course was over: I wanted more! I recommend this program for anyone responsible for negotiating on the part of their companies.
Elya Prystowsky, PHD
Executive Director at The Rural Collaborative