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house Bill H.R. 5399

Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2016

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  • The house Passed December 6th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2016

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Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2016

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that physicians of the Department of Veterans Affairs fulfill the ethical duty to report to State licensing authorities impaired, incompetent, and unethical health care activities.


(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.) Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2016 (Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that each VA physician is informed of the duty to report any covered activity committed by another physician that the physician witnesses or otherwise directly discovers to the applicable state licensing authority within five days. Disciplinary Appeals Boards shall have exclusive jurisdiction to review any case of professional conduct or competence arising from a VA physician's failure to properly report such activity. "Covered activity" means any activity occurring in a VA medical facility that consists of or causes the provision of impaired, incompetent, or unethical health care that requires direct reporting under the Code of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association.