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Illegal VA policy allowed hiring doctors with revoked licenses

December 22, 2017

In 2002, the VA issued national guidelines allowing VA hospitals to hire doctors who had revoked medical licenses as long as the individual still had a valid license in at least once state. This policy was in direct conflict with a federal law prohibiting the VA from employing any doctor whose license had been revoked in any state.

USA Today reported this illegal policy has resulted doctors being hired who never should have been employed to take care of veterans and as an example pointed to a neurosurgeon hired by the VA in Iowa City earlier this year. Despite a number of malpractice claims against him and the fact Wyoming had revoked his license when a patient died in his care, the neurosurgeon still had a license in Montana so the VA hired him.

The VA moved to fire this doctor at the end of November, after USA Today lodged inquiries about his case. In addition, after being exposed by USA Today, the VA has launched a nationwide review to find and remove other health care providers who should not be caring for veterans.

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Source & to read more:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/21/va-policy-years-allows-hiring-medical-workers-revoked-licenses

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