Whistleblower Protections Under Health Care Bill

Law360 (April 8, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT) -- To further the goal of rooting out fraud, waste and abuse in health care, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009[1] ("Act") that President Barack Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010, includes several whistleblower provisions, including a new private right of action for retaliation (Section 1558), reporting requirements designed to prevent abuse of patients in elder care facilities (Section 6703(b)(3)), mandatory implementation of a complaint resolution process for residents and persons acting on behalf of residents at skilled nursing facilities (Section 6105), and a new definition of an "original source" under the False Claims Act that is favorable to qui tam relators (Section 10104(j)(2))....

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