Letter to House Tri-Committee Re: Whistleblower Protections
July 6, 2009
Honorable Henry Waxman, Chairman
Joseph Barton, Ranking Member
Energyand Commerce Committee
Honorable Charles Rangel, Chairman
David Camp, Ranking Member
Ways and Means Committee
Honorable George Miller, Chairman
John Kline, Ranking Member
Education and Labor Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C, 20510
Dear Chairmen Miller, Rangel and Waxman:
Our organizations write to request that you include best practices whistleblower protection for private sector healthcare workers who challenge fraud, waste, abuse, or violations of the standards and controls in this landmark health care legislation. They expand the scope of provisions in the discussion draft for narrower groups of workers such as employees of skilled nursing home facilities.
Since 2006 Congress has enacted or strengthened that cornerstone for accountability in six laws. They include consumer product manufacturing and retail commerce, railroads, the trucking industry, metropolitan transit systems, defense contractors, and all entities receiving stimulus funds.
Whistleblowers will be indispensible as the best resource that exists against fraud and other institutional misconduct. When recently surveyed by Price Waterhouse, more than 5,000 CEO’s throughout the world reported that whistleblowers are more effective in detecting fraud than internal compliance offices, auditors and law enforcement agencies combined.
Of course, the need for whistleblowers hardly stops with cost control. The most significant concern is the quality and safety of patient care. Protecting whistleblowers in the medical industry has more life and death consequences than in any other industry. It is not realistic to expect that doctors, nurses andother providers will defend medical consumers when needed, however, if they cannot defend themselves against retaliation.
Our organizations deeply appreciate your consideration of this request. We will provide any available support that your offices need to help include this safety and accountability cornerstone in final legislation.
Government Accountability Project
Michael R. McCray, Esq.
The 357 Commission
Gil Mileikowsky, M.D.
Alliance For Patient Safety
Lawrence S. Ottinger
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Lokesh B Vuyyuru, M.D.
Concerned Citizens of Petersburg
Director of Health Reform Campaign
David B. Nolan, Esq.
Federal Ethics Center
Andrew D. Jackson
Focus On Indiana
Georgians for Open Government
Roberta Mikles, RN BA
Health Care Patient Advocates
James J. Murtagh Jr., M.D.
International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW)
Founder, Chairperson of the Board
Legal Affairs Council
"MCS" Beacon Of Hope Foundation's New Jersey Chapter
Zena D. Crenshaw
National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc.
Angel De Fazio
National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation
National Whistleblowers Center
National Workrights Institute
New Grady Coalition
Joseph Carson, PE
Patient Privacy Rights
Dale Nathan, Board President
POPULAR, Inc. (Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored)
Lisa Lavine Nagy M.D.
Preventive and Environmental HealthAlliance Inc. (PEHA)
Project on Government Oversight
Advocacy Director of Congress Watch Division
Semmelweis Society International (SSI)
Society for Occupational and Environmental Health (SOEH)
Texas State Client Council, Abilene Division
U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation