06 Dec '17, 8pm

House finalizes bill allowing more VA medical center investigations

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers easily finalized legislation Wednesday to let Veterans Affairs officials more easily identify and react to problems with their own health care facilities, as part of a broader effort to encourage accountability among department workers. The legislation, dubbed the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, was passed by the Senate last month and by a 423-0 vote on Wednesday. It now heads to the White House to be signed into law. It allows VA regional directors to contract with accredited nonprofits to investigate their medical centers, uncovering inefficiencies and mistakes that require correction. Supporters framed the measure as a chance for VA officials to more quickly react to problems in their own operations, instead of waiting for lengthy investigations by the department’s inspector general. Bill sponsor Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said last month after the Se...

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