The Affordable Care Act allows VA doctors to be sued for malpractice claims when they fail to perform their medical duties, but they also have to report the incidents to the VA.
The law requires doctors to report a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and treatment to the hospital where the patient was treated.
But the VA doesn’t have to take a formal report of any kind, and there is no standard for reporting complaints.
The VA has a policy called “The Care Provider Standard,” which outlines standards for reporting to hospitals about patients’ health.
Veterans who are injured or sick and are not getting proper care, but do not report the injury or illness to the nearest VA hospital are not covered under the standard, and their cases can’t be filed.
And a VA inspector general report last year found that only three percent of VA medical facilities in the United States reported patient-reported injuries and illnesses to the agency in 2014.
Veteran advocates say VA doctors are still too busy to be adequately trained to investigate serious patient injuries and cases, and to report them to the government.
VA hospitals were the first to report patient-reports of malpractice to the federal government in 2008, but the VA is now the only federal agency that has an investigative unit that can investigate and report malpractice.
The report said VA hospitals are not fully trained to deal with complaints, and that there is a lack of coordination among VA hospitals and other government agencies to identify and respond to complaints, with some veterans and health care providers saying the VA has not fully responded to complaints.
In a statement, VA Secretary David Shulkin called the inspector general’s report a serious blow to the veterans’ and other service members’ ability to report to the public.
“We are taking every step to ensure that VA hospitals will continue to provide the highest quality of care to our Veterans and to provide them with the resources they need to receive the highest level of care, including timely, effective, and accurate diagnosis and treatment,” Shulkins said.
“VA hospitals have a duty to ensure the health and safety of our Veterans, and we will do so.
But, VA hospitals have also a duty not to cover up, hide, or cover up violations of their standards.”
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