Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced in the General Assembly whistleblower protection legislation that would strengthen existing law. Among other things, the proposed law would levy fines as high as $5,000 on healthcare facilities that somehow compromise patient care or quality. Whistleblowers who suffer retaliation from their employers can recover damages, including compensation for pain and suffering and legal costs. Officials at the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said they weren't sure what the proposed legislation attempts to fix. "It appears to presume a problem in a law that is not even fully implemented yet," a spokesman said. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. looks at increasing whistleblower protections
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