House OKs VA compliance bill
By Brian Francisco
The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to comply with its own rules on scheduling medical appointments for military veterans.
“It’s time to put an end to scheduling manipulations, the cooking of the books and false wait time data,” Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, the sponsor of the bill, said during remarks on the House floor broadcast by C-SPAN.
The VA Scheduling Accountability Act passed the House on a 419-0 vote and goes to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would withhold pay bonuses from VA facility directors who fail to annually certify compliance with 19 patient scheduling rules and require VA to provide to Congress a list of facilities that are not in compliance. Scheduling manipulations surfaced in 2014 at VA’s Phoenix hospital and have been reported at other VA medical sites since then.
… “The VA’s continued inability to reform itself from within is the reason we need to pass this bill,” Walorski said Wednesday about the VA Scheduling Accountability Act.
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