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Thursday, November 3, 2011

VAMC - W. G. (Bill) Hefner: Report says VA surgeons overstepped their boundaries

A federal inspection found that some surgeons at the Salisbury VA hospital performed operations they weren’t supposed to, but no patients were harmed as a result.

According to the Sept. 16 report, the VA Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation of the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center.

The office had received a complaint in February that “surgeons at the facility were performing operations that they did not have the clinical privileges to perform” and “residents were not supervised appropriately.”

Both parts of the complaint were verified.
Under Veterans Health Administration (VHA) requirements, clinical privileges are granted by a board of medical leaders based on the person’s training and practice information.
The report said four surgeons operated outside their approved privileges between October 2009 and March 2011, but inspectors found no evidence that this led to poor surgical outcomes.

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