WASHINGTON–Bipartisan legislation was introduced yesterday in the Senate that encourages states to develop, implement and evaluate new and better ways to deal with medical malpractice cases.

The legislation, “The Fair and Reliable Medical Justice Act of 2007,” will allow states to craft tailored, new alternatives that will speed the resolution of disputes, make patients safer and maintain access to affordable, quality health care, according to its primary sponsors, Sen. Max Baucus, D.-Mont., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

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