H.R.1247 - Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] (Introduced 03/04/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs; Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/13/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1247 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/04/2015)
Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revive, for a three-year period, VA's Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program that was carried out between January 2013 and February 2014. Requires VA to: (1) expand the pilot program to include at least 250 intermediate care technicians, and (2) give priority in assigning those technicians to VA facilities at which veterans have the longest wait times.
Requires the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to transfer credentialing data regarding DOD health care providers that are hired by VA to VA.
Authorizes VA to allow a covered nurse to practice to the full scope of the nurse's practice, as defined by the applicable national professional association, under a set of VA-approved privileges, regardless of the state in which VA employs the covered nurse. Defines a "covered nurse" as an advanced practice registered nurse who is employed by VA as: (1) a nurse midwife, (2) a clinical nurse specialist, (3) a nurse practitioner, or (4) a certified registered nurse anesthetist.