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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 16, 2013
September 16, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 9 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com When you're ready to do something bigger When you're ready to advance your career You are ready for American Public University American Public University is ready to help you move your career forward. We offer respected degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Security Management, Management, Military Management and Program Acquisition, and more --- completely online. We're also able to provide our students with opportunities beyond the virtual classroom working with select Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. And people are taking notice. We've been nationally recognized by the Sloan Consortium for effective practices in online education. When you're ready, visit StudyatAPU.com/FEN We want you to make an informed decision about the university that's right for you. For more about the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed each program, as well as other important information---visit www.APUS.edu/disclosure. continued on page 6 continued from page 4 patient care and disease outbreaks. At the Pittsburgh hearing, the panel heard testimony concerning VA's han- dling of specific cases at VA facilities in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, Jackson, Miss., and Buffalo, N.Y. ‘Culture change’ required "No one is questioning whether VA offi- cials are sorry for these incidents or if VA officials are committed to providing the best care possible," said committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) after reviewing sev- eral of the cases in his opening statement at the hearing. "We know that they are. We also know that the vast majority of the depart- ment's more than three hundred thousand employees are dedicated and hard-working, and many veterans are satisfied with the medical care they receive from VA. "What we are questioning is whether VA has the proper organizational culture, accountability and management struc- tures to minimize the future occurrence of heartbreaking situations like the ones I just described," Miller said. "Considering that the VA executives who presided over the incidents I just described are more likely to have received a bonus or glowing perfor- mance review than any sort of punishment, the question we are asking here today is entirely valid." Miller said it is "abundantly clear to most people that a culture change at VA is in order." Dr. Robert A. Petzel, under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, in his testimony reviewed the actions VA has taken on the cases in question, and offered condolences to veterans and families who suffered in the wake of the incidents, but stressed the department's dedication to addressing patient safety issues. "In delivering the best possible care to our patients, one of VA's most important priorities is to keep our patients free from injury during their time at our facilities," Petzel stated. "In some cases, we have not done so, and I am saddened by any adverse consequence that a veteran might experi- ence while in or as a result of care at one of our medical centers." "When patient safety incidents occur at VHA, we are committed to identify- ing, mitigating, and preventing additional patient safety risks within the VA health care system," Petzel added. "Where challenges occur, VA takes direct action to review each incident, and puts in place corrections to improve the quality of care provided and hold employees accountable for any mis- conduct. We work hard to incorporate les- sons learned so that future incidents can be avoided or mitigated throughout the entire health care network." See more at: http://veterans.house.gov/ opening-statement/the-honorable-jeff-mill- er-4 (Miller); http://veterans.house.gov/ witness-testimony/the-honorable-robert-a- petzel (Petzel); and http://veterans.house.gov/ accountability (accountability web page).
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