After Death Investigations, Scrutiny Again Falls on VA Physician Hiring Practices

These recent high-profile cases have drawn new attention to concerns the Government Accountability Office and the VA Office of the Inspector General have raised within the last two years about how the VA hires its doctors.

GAO staff investigating VA physician hires earlier this year found Veterans Health Administration staff overlooked disqualifying information, such as a revoked or surrendered license, when hiring doctors.

The inspector general has found similar issues. Both investigative bodies concluded the VA’s hiring issues arise from poor oversight and training of the credentialing staff on VA hiring policies. More…

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