Law designed to encourage whistle-blowers to take effect

12/26/2006 | NYTimes.com

Under a new federal law that will take effect next month, hospitals and nursing homes will be required to train workers to detect fraud and report it to the government. The law is designed to encourage workers to have the confidence and know-how to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, but many health care providers reportedly were unaware of the requirement as recently as last week, and when informed, they felt the law was burdensome and possibly costly.

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