WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) applauded unanimous passage of legislation he helped introduce to ensure proper care and treatment of the men and women who served in our nation’s uniform.
The Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act requires that any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care provider with a previously revoked license undergoes a third-party review of that provider’s care. If the review determines that a competent practitioner would have managed the veteran’s care differently, the veteran will be notified.
“Implementing an additional clinical review of the care administered by VA providers who have previously had their license revoked by a state medical board is a commonsense protective measure. It is key to ensuring veterans get the quality care they have earned. Our nation made a promise to take care of those who served in uniform. Senate passage of this bill is important to fulfilling that commitment and ensuring veterans have access to reliable and accurate health information,” said Boozman, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Actwasauthored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). In addition to Boozman, original cosponsors include Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
Following a December 2017 report in USA Today that the VA hired providers with revoked licenses, the VA took corrective action by taking appropriate human resources action and issuing new guidance to prevent health care providers with revoked licenses from being hired in the future. The USA Today story found that the VA knowingly hired providers who had their licenses revoked or had been accused of misconduct.