The House has joined the Senate in passing S-1266, which authorizes the VA to contract with a nonprofit organization that accredits health care organizations and programs to investigate a VA medical center to assess and report deficiencies of the center’s facilities.
The VA could delegate such authority to the Veterans Integrated Service Network in which the medical center is located or to the director of such medical center. Before entering into a contract, a VISN director or a medical center director would notify VA headquarters, the department IG and the GAO, in order to coordinate a contracted investigation with any other ongoing investigations.
“The directors have the best perspective of what is going on at their facilities and unfortunately in the past VA inspector general reports have not matched the reality on the ground. It’s important we hold care providers accountable to the highest standards of excellence for our veterans and I’m proud to introduce legislation that does just that,” sponsor Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement.
President Trump is expected to sign the bill.