WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is limiting the types of surgeries performed at some of its hospitals following a systemwide review prompted by surgical deaths at its southern Illinois hospital.
Under a new system, the VA has given each hospital a "surgical complexity" level. Because of that, hospitals in at least five states will now only perform less-complicated surgeries. The hospitals are in Alexandria, La.; Beckley, W.Va
.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Danville, Ill.; and Spokane, Wash.
The VA will pick up the tab for patients who have surgeries performed elsewhere.
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