S. Rept. 115-212 1 (2018-03-07)

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                                                         Calendar No. 273
                   115TH CONGRESS                                     REPORT
                      2d Session              SENATE                  115-212




                           CARING   FOR   OUR  VETERANS ACT OF 2017



                                   MARCH 7, 2018.-Ordered to be printed


                         Mr. ISAKSON, from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs,
                                       submitted the following


                                          REPORT

                                          [To accompany S. 2193]
                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee  on Veterans' Affairs (hereinafter, Committee),
                   having considered an  original bill, S. 2193, to amend title 38,
                   United States Code (hereinafter, U.S.C.), to improve health care
                   for veterans, and for other purposes, having considered the same,
                   reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.
                                           INTRODUCTION
                     On January  12, 2017, Senator Heller introduced S. 113, the pro-
                   posed Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Access to Providers at
                   the Department of Veterans Affairs Act. S. 113 would require the
                   Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to in-
                   crease the use of medical scribes to maximize the efficiency of phy-
                   sicians at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs
                   (hereinafter, VA). Senator Tester was an original cosponsor. The
                   bill was referred to the Committee.
                     On January  12, 2017, Senator Heller introduced S. 114, the pro-
                   posed VA  Choice and  Quality Employment   Act of 2017. S. 114
                   would require VA  to submit  an  annual report on  performance
                   awards and bonuses  awarded to certain high-level VA employees.
                   Senator Casey  was an  original cosponsor. Senators Collins and
                   King were later added as cosponsors. The bill was referred to the
                   Committee.
                     On January  12, 2017, Senator Heller introduced S. 115, the pro-
                   posed Veterans Transplant Coverage Act. S. 115 would amend title
                   38, U.S.C., to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide
                   for an operation on a live donor for purposes of conducting a trans-
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