New questions arise over VA's system of medical employee background checks

Veterans affairs sign
VA medical facilities are supposed to initiate the background investigation process within 14 calendar days of an employee hire. (JeffOnWire CC BY 2.0)

New questions are being raised following the release of a government report that found more than 6,000 active employees at Veterans Affairs medical facilities have not gone through the required background check process.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a letter Monday questioning how the backlog reported by the VA Inspector General (PDF) might be threatening patients at Missouri's VA hospitals and requesting answers about the response to the problem.

RELATED: VA under fire: 5 medical centers failed to report potentially dangerous doctors

Free Daily Newsletter

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceHealthcare!

The healthcare sector remains in flux as policy, regulation, technology and trends shape the market. FierceHealthcare subscribers rely on our suite of newsletters as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data impacting their world. Sign up today to get healthcare news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Suggested Articles

CMS issued a proposed rule and a final rule aimed at increasing price transparency from hospitals and insurers.

Children’s National Health System announced a formal partnership with Virginia Tech, including the construction of a biomedical research facility.

Signups on declined in the second week of Affordable Care Act open enrollment amid technical problems on the website.