House Passes VA Bills with Health IT Implications

On Tuesday May 23rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), two of which directly address health IT. 

The first bill, H.R. 1545, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, allows the VA to disclose certain patient information to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). 

The second bill, H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, requires all VA medical facilities to certify that they are in compliance with the most recent VA directives on scheduling policies for outpatient clinic appointments which include requirements around the use of VistA . 

Following passage in the House, both bills will have to be considered and approved by the Senate before being signed into law. The HIMSS GR team continues to monitor the VA’s IT modernizations efforts, engaging with both the Department and relevant Congressional Committees.