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H.R. 3530 (116th): Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 27, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 3530


June 27, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Bergman, and Mr. Peterson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enforce the licensure requirement for medical providers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act.


Enforcement of licensure requirement for medical providers of the Department of Veterans Affairs


In general

Section 7402 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (f)—


in paragraph (1), by striking more than one and inserting one or more; and


in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting before the semicolon the following: , or, if the position requires the person to prescribe controlled substances, the Drug Enforcement Agency registration of the person has been terminated, revoked, or surrendered, and the person has not received a waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency;


by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and


by inserting after subsection (f) the following new subsection (g):


The Secretary shall take prompt and appropriate adverse personnel actions pursuant to this chapter against an employee who—


is not licensed, registered, certified, or in receipt of a waiver, as required by subsection (f); or


who does not promptly notify the Secretary of any suspension in such license, registration, or certification.


The Secretary shall conduct biennial audits of employees covered by subsection (f) to ensure that the employee is licensed, registered, or certified as required by such subsection.


The Secretary shall ensure that the hiring process for employees covered by subsection (f) includes—


requesting from the individual applying for the position the status of the licensure, registration, or certification of the individual as required by such subsection, including a description of any actions the individual must take to fulfill such licensure, registration, or certification requirement before beginning such employment; and


verifying such status before the individual begins such employment.


The Secretary shall provide annual training to directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks, directors of Department health-care facilities, and chiefs of staff of Department health-care facilities (and such other employees as the directors or chiefs of staff determine appropriate) with respect to carrying out this subsection and subsection (f).




Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report describing the training that will be provided under subsection (g)(4) of section 7402 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).