In a report released on January 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) cited deficiencies in credentialing, privileging, and continuous monitoring of physicians at medical centers run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The GAO report (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1026.pdf ) is based on visits to 6 VA medical centers and follows events at the agency's Marion, Ill, facility, where an unusually high rate of surgical deaths was identified in 2006 and 2007.
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