The House has passed HR-3530, which would require the VA to assess and report on whether its medical centers continually verify that its medical staff meets requirements for professional licenses, registrations, and educational achievements.
The VA would have to “take prompt and appropriate adverse personnel actions” against any employee who does not meet required certifications or who does not promptly notify the department of any suspension of such a certification.
The bill also would require VA to biannually train some employees to verify that medical staff have met credentialing requirements. Under current law, VA conducts only one-time training for employees responsible for reviewing and validating the credentials of health care professionals of the department, according to a summary.
The bill is a response to a March GAO report finding that some VA officials involved in verifying providers’ credentials and hiring them were unaware of the restrictions against hiring those whose license has been revoked or surrendered. Also, the VA does not routinely review whether providers have an adverse action reported in a national database of professional qualifications, it said.
In addition, the bill would put into law various practices of the department regarding monitoring, reviewing, and reporting credentialing requirements for health care professionals.