VA hospital institutional disclosures

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-03897-F
Status
Completed

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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The names of all VA hospitals or clinics that reported institutional disclosures of adverse events, and the number of institutional disclosures by each of those facilities, between September 1, 2012 and March 1, 2014.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

CJ Ciaramella

From: Department of Veterans Affairs

Dear Requester Ciaramella,

Attached you will find your FOIA Request Acknowledgement letter with all the
information you need regarding the information you requested.

Thank You,

Willie Harden

FOIA SME Liasion Officer

Office of Privacy & Records Management (005R1)

(202) 382-2314

Classification: Internal and External Use\\Not VA Sensitive
This message has been categorized by Harden, Willie R. (R&K Enterprise Inc.)
on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:59:20 AM in accordance with VA Handbook
6500

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. Ciaramella:

The purpose of this email to communicate the receipt of your March 27, 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the names of all VA hospitals or clinics that reported institutional disclosures of adverse events, and the number of institutional disclosures by each of those facilities, between September 1, 2012 and March 1, 2014 by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) FOIA Office. The VA FOIA Service referred your request to the VHA FOIA Office. Your request has been assigned the FOIA tracking number of 14-03897-F and assigned to me for processing. Please refer to the attached acknowledgement letter.

I would appreciate your confirmation of receiving this email as the attached letter will not be mailed unless specifically requested by you.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (319) 383-2609.

Sincerely,

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance | Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: MuckRock

Received. Thank you!

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-03897-F .

Thank you for your help.

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. Ciaramella:

I apologize for the delay in responding to your request. Please let me assure you that I have been working on your request. At this time, I am unable to provide an estimated date of when I will be able to provide a response to you. In the meantime, I ask for your patience as I continue to process your request.

Since this request is overdue, I will provide you with your appeal rights. You have the right to appeal the delayed response to the VA Office of General Counsel using the following address:

Office of General Counsel (024)
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance  | Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C.  20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-03897-F .

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-03897-F .

Thank you for your help.

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. Ciaramella,

I sincerely, apologize for the delay in responding to your request. Please let me assure you that I have been working on your request. Unfortunately our office has received an influx of FOIA request to which I have several backlogged FOIA requests in front of your request. The search for records responsive to your request has been completed. I am working on completing your request as quickly as I can and I ask for your continued patience.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance  | Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C.  20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Swailes, Barbara K.

Mr. Ciaramella,

The purpose of this email is to communicate the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) response to your March 27, 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the names of all VA hospitals or clinics that reported institutional disclosures of adverse events, and the number of institutional disclosures by each of those facilities, between September 1, 2012 and March 1, 2014. Please refer to the attached initial agency decision letter and responsive document. I sincerely apologize for the delay in responding to your FOIA request and appreciate your patience.

I would appreciate your confirmation of receiving this email as the attached documents will not be mailed unless specifically requested by you. If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at (319) 383-2609.

Sincerely,

Barbara Swailes, MHA, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance  | Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C.  20420
Tel. (319) 383-2609 | Fax (202) 273-9387

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