GAO: VA needs to bolster doc-credentialing efforts

Ed. 2,500th post! Blogging since  May 2005.

From Modern Healthcare:

The Government Accountability Office says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to do more to ensure that its hospitals are adequately vetting and monitoring their physicians, based on a review prompted by patient deaths at the Marion (Ill.) VA Medical Center.

The GAO visited six VA medical centers and looked at credentialing and privileging files for a sample of physicians, and the report notes that the problems identified were not as severe as those uncovered at the Illinois hospital. Of 180 files reviewed, 29 lacked proper verification of state licensure, the GAO found. In 21 instances, physicians failed to disclose malpractice settlements and judgments, which the GAO discovered by trolling an external database that the medical centers should have consulted.

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