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H.R. 6066 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the productivity of the management of Department of Veterans Affairs health care, and for other purposes.

Introduced: 2018-06-08
Bill Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6066


    To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the productivity of the management of Department of Veterans Affairs health care, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 8, 2018

    Mr. Wenstrup introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

    To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the productivity of the management of Department of Veterans Affairs health care, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Department of Veterans Affairs health care productivity improvement.

(a) In general.—Subchapter I of chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1705A the following new section:

§ 1705B. Management of health care: productivity

“(a) Relative value unit tracking.—The Secretary shall track relative value units for all Department providers.

“(b) Clinical procedure coding training.—The Secretary shall require all Department providers to attend training on clinical procedure coding.

“(c) Performance standards.—(1) The Secretary shall establish for each Department facility—

“(A) in accordance with paragraph (2), standardized performance standards based on nationally recognized relative value unit production standards applicable to each specific profession in order to evaluate clinical productivity at the provider and facility level;

“(B) remediation plans to address low clinical productivity and clinical inefficiency; and

“(C) an ongoing process to systematically review the content, implementation, and outcome of the plans developed under subparagraph (B).

“(2) In establishing the performance standards under paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary may—

“(A) incorporate values-based productivity models; and

“(B) take into account non-clinical duties, including with respect to training and research.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘Department provider’ means an employee of the Department whose primary responsibilities include furnishing hospital care or medical services, including a physician, a dentist, an optometrist, a podiatrist, a chiropractor, an advanced practice registered nurse, and a physician’s assistant acting as an independent provider.

“(2) The term ‘relative value unit’ means a unit for measuring workload by determining the time, mental effort and judgment, technical skill, physical effort, and stress involved in delivering a procedure.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1705A the following new item:

“1705B. Management of health care: productivity.”.

(c) Report.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a report on the implementation of section 1705B of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a). Such report shall include, for each professional category of Department of Veterans Affairs providers, the relative value unit of such category of providers at the national, Veterans Integrated Service Network, and facility levels.


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