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VA Quality Health Care Accountability and Transparency Act

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5786 

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain information 
publicly available on one internet website of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 
Mr. GALLEGO (for himself, Mr. JOYCE of Ohio, Mr. LAMB, Mr. JOYCE of 

Pennsylvania, Mr. GONZALEZ of Ohio, and Mr. TIMMONS) introduced the 
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs 

A BILL 
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain 

information publicly available on one internet website 
of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘VA Quality Health 4

Care Accountability and Transparency Act’’. 5

SEC. 2. IMPROVED TRANSPARENCY BY DEPARTMENT OF 6

VETERANS AFFAIRS. 7

(a) PUBLICATION OF STAFFING AND QUALITY OF 8

CARE DATA.—Not later than one year after the date of 9

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the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Af-1

fairs shall make publicly available on the Access to Care 2

internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs (or 3

a successor website) the information under subsection (b). 4

(b) INFORMATION INCLUDED.— 5

(1) IN GENERAL.—The information published 6

on the internet website under subsection (a) shall in-7

clude— 8

(A) any numeric indicators relating to 9

timely care, effective care, safety, and veteran- 10

centered care that the Secretary collects at 11

medical facilities of the Department pursuant 12

to section 1703C of title 38, United States 13

Code; 14

(B) the staffing and vacancy information 15

required by subparagraphs (A) through (D) of 16

section 505(a)(1) of the VA MISSION Act of 17

2018 (Public Law 115–182; 38 U.S.C. 301 18

note); 19

(C) the patient wait times information re-20

quired by subsection (a) of section 206 of the 21

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act 22

of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 128 Stat. 23

1780); and 24

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(D) the patient safety, quality of care, and 1

outcome measures required by subsection (b) of 2

such section. 3

(2) UPDATES.—The Secretary shall regularly 4

update the internet website under subsection (a) to 5

ensure that the information under paragraph (1) is 6

the most current information required by the provi-7

sions of law specified in such paragraph. 8

(c) REQUIREMENTS OF INTERNET WEBSITE.—In ad-9

dition to the requirements of section 206(b)(4) of the Vet-10

erans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 11

(Public Law 113–146; 128 Stat. 1781), the Secretary 12

shall ensure that the internet website under subsection (a) 13

meets the following requirements: 14

(1) The internet website is directly accessible 15

from— 16

(A) the main homepage of the publicly ac-17

cessible internet website of the Department; 18

and 19

(B) the main homepage of the publicly ac-20

cessible internet website of each medical center 21

of the Department. 22

(2) Where practicable, the internet website is 23

organized and searchable by each medical center of 24

the Department. 25

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(3) The internet website is easily understand-1

able and usable by the general public. 2

(d) CONSULTATION AND CONTRACT AUTHORITY.—In 3

carrying out subsection (c)(3), the Secretary— 4

(1) shall consult with veterans service organiza-5

tions; and 6

(2) may enter into a contract to design the 7

internet website under subsection (a) with a com-8

pany, non-profit entity, or other entity, specializing 9

in website design that has substantial experience in 10

presenting health care data and information in a 11

easily understandable and usable manner to patients 12

and consumers. 13

(e) ACCURACY OF DATA.— 14

(1) ANNUAL PROCESS.—Not later than 18 15

months after the date of the enactment of this Act, 16

the Secretary shall develop and implement an annual 17

process to audit a generalizable subset of the data 18

contained in the internet website under subsection 19

(a) to assess the accuracy and completeness of the 20

data. 21

(2) CRITERIA.—The Secretary shall ensure that 22

each audit under subsection (a)— 23

(A) determines the extent that the medical 24

record information, clinical information, data, 25

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and documentation provided by each medical 1

center of the Department that is used to cal-2

culate the information under subsection (b) is 3

accurate and complete; 4

(B) identifies any deficiencies in the re-5

cording of medical record information, clinical 6

information, or data by medical centers of the 7

Department that affects the accuracy and com-8

pleteness of the information under subsection 9

(b); and 10

(C) provides recommendations to medical 11

centers of the Department on how to— 12

(i) improve the accuracy and com-13

pleteness of the medical record informa-14

tion, clinical information, data, and docu-15

mentation that is used to calculate the in-16

formation under subsection (b); and 17

(ii) ensure that each medical center of 18

the Department provides such information 19

in a uniform manner. 20

(3) INDEPENDENT VALIDATION.—The Sec-21

retary shall enter into an agreement with the Inspec-22

tor General of the Department, or an entity other 23

than the Department selected by the Secretary, to 24

validate each audit under subsection (a). 25

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(4) ANNUAL REPORTS.—Not later than two 1

years after the date of the enactment of this Act, 2

and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit 3

to Congress a report on the findings of each audit 4

under paragraph (1), including the independent vali-5

dation of the audit conducted under paragraph (3). 6

(f) COMPTROLLER GENERAL REVIEW.—Not later 7

than three years after the date of the enactment of this 8

Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall 9

conduct a review of the internet website under subsection 10

(a) to assess the degree to which the Secretary is com-11

plying with this section and to provide recommendations 12

to the Secretary on how to improve the internet website. 13

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Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5786. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/06/2020) VA Quality Health Care Accountability and Transparency Act This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make certain staffing and quality of care data publicly available on a specified VA website. Among other elements, the information published on the website should include statistics related to patient wait times, effectiveness of care, and staffing and vacancy information. The website must be (1) directly accessible from the main VA website and the main websites of each VA medical center, and (2) understandable and usable by the general public. The VA must implement a self-auditing process to assess the accuracy and completeness of the data available on the website and must enter an agreement for the Inspector General of the VA (or other entity) to validate the audits. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office shall review the website to assess the VA's compliance and to provide recommendations on how to improve the website.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/06/2020) VA Quality Health Care Accountability and Transparency Act This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make certain staffing and quality of care data publicly available on a specified VA website. Among other elements, the information published on the website should include statistics related to patient wait times, effectiveness of care, and staffing and vacancy information. The website must be (1) directly accessible from the main VA website and the main websites of each VA medical center, and (2) understandable and usable by the general public. The VA must implement a self-auditing process to assess the accuracy and completeness of the data available on the website and must enter an agreement for the Inspector General of the VA (or other entity) to validate the audits. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office shall review the website to assess the VA's compliance and to provide recommendations on how to improve the website.
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(4)Annual reportsNot later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the findings of each audit under paragraph (1), including the independent validation of the audit conducted under paragraph (3)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Timmons) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' AffairsA BILLTo direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain information publicly available on one internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs

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(b)Information included (1)In generalThe information published on the internet website under subsection (a) shall include— (A)any numeric indicators relating to timely care, effective care, safety, and veteran-centered care that the Secretary collects at medical facilities of the Department pursuant to section 1703C of title 38, United States Code; (B)the staffing and vacancy information required by subparagraphs (A) through (D) of section 505(a)(1) of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (Public La


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