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S. 1266 (115th): Enhancing Veteran Care Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 9, 2017 (Passed the Senate).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 1266 would authorize the VA to contract with a nonprofit organization that accredits U.S. health care organizations/programs to investigate and assess/report deficiencies at VA medical centers (VAMCs).

The Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs) are responsible for the planning, budgeting, and service delivery in the provision of healthcare to veterans within a geographic region that include multiple VAMCs and may stretch across multiple states. Overall, there are 18 VISNs in the Veterans Health Administration.

S. 1266 authorizes VISN or VAMC directors to contract with outside entities to conduct audits and investigations of VA medical facilities to equip them with the additional information needed to drive improvements in ...


115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1266

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Enhancing Veteran Care Act.

2.

Investigation of medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may contract with a nonprofit organization that accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States to investigate a medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs to assess and report deficiencies of the facilities at such medical center.

(b)

Authority of directors

(1)

In general

Subject to coordination under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall delegate the authority under subsection (a) to contract for an investigation at a medical center of the Department to the Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network in which the medical center is located or the director of such medical center.

(2)

Coordination

Before entering into a contract under paragraph (1), the Director of a Veterans Integrated Service Network or the director of a medical center, as the case may be, shall notify the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Comptroller General of the United States for purposes of coordinating any investigation conducted pursuant to such contract with any other investigations that may be ongoing.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section may be construed—

(1)

to prevent the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs from conducting any review, audit, evaluation, or inspection regarding a topic for which an investigation is conducted under this section; or

(2)

to modify the requirement that employees of the Department assist with any review, audit, evaluation, or inspection conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department.

Passed the Senate November 9, 2017.

Secretary