In what appears to be the first of its kind in the country, a new mediation program spearheaded by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber went into effect Tuesday, giving patients and their families an option to mediate the dispute besides suing when medical errors happen.


The result of a compromise between trial lawyers and the Oregon Medical Association, the Early Discussion and Resolution program is intended to cut down on lawsuits and boost the reporting of medical errors to help improve health care practices.

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