VA Medical Centers Must Comply With Informed Consent Rules

The VA healthcare system is the largest healthcare provider in the U.S.  As of late, even for a huge system, there have been a disturbing number of surgical providers who have routinely harmed patients by committing serial mistakes and standard of care breaches.   In certain of these cases, the VA took years to remove the physicians, during which time patients suffered repeated injuries due to shoddy and substandard surgical practices.  In most of these cases, the offending surgeons violated the VA’s requirements of informed consent, a protective measure that is oftentimes overlooked when a Veteran seeks service connection for a medical error committed by a VA practitioner.

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What Veterans Need to Know About the PACT Act

The PACT Act is somewhat misunderstood.  First, it is a great help to Veterans who have been fighting for service connection for many years, as it removes the key hurdle to establish service connection.  However, the PACT Act does not establish new or different benefits; instead, it ensures Veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan (among other locations) are presumptively service-connected for certain disabilities related to service in those locations.

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Oversight Failures at VA Medical Centers Place Veterans at Risk

The VA healthcare system provides much-needed access to medical care for millions of Veterans each year. Although the majority of VA healthcare professionals are mission-focused and provide quality care to the Veterans they serve, the titanic size of the VA healthcare system permits negligent and sometimes even willful practitioners to repeatedly harm Veterans due to a lack of oversight and accountability at certain VA medical facilities.  As demonstrated in the linked Washington Post article, incompetent and/or impaired practitioners not properly supervised or whose adverse events are not monitored in systematic fashion can harm or kill large numbers of patients at a single VA medical facility.

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Informed Consent: Did Your VA Medical Provider Warn You of the Risks?

VA Medical Centers provide care to more patients than any other single provider in the United States.  Due to the large number of physicians and medical specialists employed by the VA, the VA sometimes fails to obtain a patient’s informed consent prior to performing a proposed medical procedure.   Continue reading “Informed Consent: Did Your VA Medical Provider Warn You of the Risks?”