A top U.S. House member has drafted a new bill to expand outside contractors’ role in veterans’ mental health care, while better coordinating that care, in response to recent revelations about rampant mismanagement at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been following mismanagement charges at the Atlanta VA Medical Center since inspectors noted dozens of cases in which staff failed to follow procedures. A federal audit has since linked three deaths to lack of oversight at the Decatur facility. Today, the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee proposes legislation to expand the role of contractors in providing care.