The Department of Veterans Affairs has been accused of mismanaging the millions of dollars in payments it is owed to doctors and hospitals in a series of malpractice lawsuits filed in states across the country.
The lawsuit, filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court last month, accuses the department of misleading doctors and medical facilities by not disclosing the true number of doctors and patients who died from injuries at the VA medical facilities.
The department is not currently in default on the malpractice payments.
A spokesman for the department said in a statement to ABC News that “VA has not been in default for nearly six years.”
The department said that the claims against it “are based on information available to VA in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
They are being vigorously disputed.”
The Department has not responded to ABC’s request for comment on the lawsuits.
In 2016, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that the VA was in default, finding that the department failed to provide information about the true amount of malignancies at its facilities.
However, in a separate lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, the judge also ruled that it is not in default.
A VA spokeswoman said that “the Department of Veteran Affairs has consistently complied with the law and continues to operate in compliance with the terms of its contracts.”
The VA said that it will “take whatever action is necessary to protect the health and well-being of veterans in this case.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.