Congressman John Adler (D-NJ) introduced the bill, which seeks to remedy the lack of oversight that occurred at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and several others with respect to brachytherapy prostate cancer treatment programs.
The legislation proposes that:
- All low-volume programs currently operating in VA healthcare facilities will be evaluated, with a report submitted to Congress annually ensuring that they are meeting their safety standards
- Every VA employee and independent contractor working in a VA medical facility must be trained to identify what constitutes a medical event and the protocol to report it
- Contracts for medical services cannot be renewed until evaluations on that contractor's performance have been performed
The proposed legislation follows hearings held earlier this year by Congress on inadequate supervision and quality control of VA prostate brachytherapy programs throughout the U.S.
NJ rep turns up heat in VA brachytherapy probe, August 27, 2009
6 more botched prostate brachytherapy cases at Philly VA, August 18, 2009
Congress eyes safety of VA prostate brachytherapy: Part 2, August 10, 2009
Congress eyes safety of VA prostate brachytherapy: Part 1, August 6, 2008
NY Times story claims treatment errors at VA brachytherapy unit, June 23, 2009
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