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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration announced a $25 million medical malpractice initiative Thursday as part of its plan to rein in skyrocketing health care costs.
The program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, will fund grants of up to $3 million awarded on a competitive basis to states and health care systems for creating and evaluating "patient safety and medical liability demonstrations," according to a release from the White House.
A review of various malpractice reform initiatives will be completed by December, the White House said, and will be used to evaluate future grant applications.
The announcement is a nod to conservatives who have emphasized the role of malpractice lawsuits in rising health care costs.