July 28, 2021

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Manchin Bipartisan Bill To Increase VA Provider Accountability

Senator Manchin introduced the bipartisan legislation in June
Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) unanimously passed the VA Provider Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Boozman (R-AR).
“West Virginia Veterans have experienced firsthand the negative impacts of the VA not properly vetting healthcare providers, which resulted in the death of seven Veterans at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center,” said Senator Manchin. “It is our responsibility to ensure our brave Veterans who sacrificed for our nation receive the highest quality care when they return home. Our bipartisan bill will address these prevalent issues in the VA healthcare system by instituting requirements to keep the VA, and their healthcare providers accountable and our Veterans safe and cared for. I’m proud that the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously passed our bipartisan legislation and I look forward to the full Senate supporting this commonsense bill.”
Senator Manchin introduced the bipartisan legislation in June.
The VA Provider Accountability Act would require the VA to:
  • Compile, verify and continuously monitor the professional licensures, certifications and registrations with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the applicable state licensing boards for certain VA healthcare professionals.
  • Require certain VA healthcare professionals hold an active DEA registration.
  • Conduct ongoing, retrospective, and comprehensive monitoring of the performance and quality of the healthcare delivered by each healthcare professional to include concerns of competency or quality of care delivered by a healthcare professional are reported, as appropriate, to the state licensing, registration, or certification body of the healthcare professional.
  • Provide biannual training on these licensure, employment and reporting requirements to employees performing these duties.
  • The bill would also prohibit VA from entering into a settlement agreement regarding a claim by a VA employee under which it would be required to conceal a serious medical error or lapse in clinical practice that constitutes a substantial failure. 

Bill text can be found here