VHA Institutional Disclosures of Adverse Events FY11-13

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # VHA-14-06594-F
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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:

All quarterly reports from VISNs on institutional disclosures of adverse events for fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

According to the VHA ethics handbook, "Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) is required to submit a report quarterly, and as requested, by facility, of institutional disclosures to the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value. The report must include the date of the adverse event, date of institutional disclosure, number of unique patients, whether there was a patient death, department(s) involved, and a brief description of the triggering event for each institutional disclosure."

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: Cephas, Tracy

Good Afternoon CJ,

Attached to this message is VHA’s acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Mr. Jeffrey Parrillo will be processing your request. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.

V/R,

Tracy R. Cephas, Staff Assistant
VHA Central Office FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5879
Fax: 202-273-9387
Email: Tracy.Cephas@va.gov

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From: MuckRock News

Hello,

Your email has been received. Thank you very much for your help. I look forward to receiving further materials.

Enjoy the day!

From: Parrillo, Jeffrey M. (VACO)

Good Morning Mr. Ciaramella,
The Program Office that was assigned to work on your request has come back stating that there is roughly 250 reports during the period of your request and they were wondering if a consolidated version of the data would be sufficient or are you interested in the reports themselves (each of which will need to be reviewed and redacted as appropriate).?
Have a great day!
Thank you,
Jeff

Jeffrey M. Parrillo  MBA, MHA, CIPP/G
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) FOIA Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Informatics and Analytics
Health Information Governance Office, Information Access and Privacy Office,
VHA FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420
Phone: (202) 461-5543       Fax: (202) 273-9386
 
This document may contain information that is privileged, CONFIDENTIAL, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify me immediately, as the use of this information is strictly prohibited.

From: CJ Ciaramella

Dear Mr. Parrillo,
I would prefer the individual reports. Thanks!

CJ Ciaramella
(503) 951-9863

From: Parrillo, Jeffrey M. (VACO)

Mr. Ciaramella,
Attached are the initial agency decision and responsive records to your FOIA request.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Happy Holidays!
Thank you,

Jeffrey M. Parrillo MBA, MHA, CIPP/G
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) FOIA Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Informatics and Analytics
Health Information Governance Office, Information Access and Privacy Office,
VHA FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420
Phone: (202) 461-5543 Fax: (202) 273-9386

This document may contain information that is privileged, CONFIDENTIAL, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify me immediately, as the use of this information is strictly prohibited.

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