VA failed to report 90% of potentially dangerous medical providers, GAO confirms

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to report 90% of potentially dangerous medical providers in recent years to a national database designed to prevent them from crossing state lines and endangering patients elsewhere, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The watchdog’s conclusions in the report to be released Monday confirm findings of a recent USA TODAY investigation that found theVA has for years concealed medical mistakes and misconduct by health care workers. In response to that story published in October, the VA vowed to overhaul its policies for reporting clinicians to authorities.

The GAO also found that VA officials didn’t report any of the problem clinicians to state medical boards that could have yanked their licenses.

The findings are based on a sampling of five VA hospitals, where only nine health care workers warranted reporting since 2014. But if those findings hold true across all of the VA’s roughly 150 hospitals, potentially hundreds of medical providers weren’t reported

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