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13% Of VA Administrators Told To Falsify Wait Times

From the Associated Press:

Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

By MATTHEW DALY | June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.

The numbers are getting so big that we are probably reaching the point where we stop thinking of these vets as people and only as statistics. (As Josef Stalin once famously observed: "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.")

It’s not just a backlog issue, the wide-ranging Veterans Affairs review indicated. Thirteen percent of schedulers in the facility-by-facility report on 731 hospitals and outpatient clinics reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment schedules to make patient waits appear shorter.

The audit is the first nationwide look at the VA network in the uproar that began with reports two months ago of patients dying while awaiting appointments and of cover-ups at the Phoenix VA center. A preliminary review last month found that long patient waits and falsified records were "systemic" throughout the VA medical network, the nation’s largest single health care provider serving nearly 9 million veterans.

Richard Griffin, the VA’s acting inspector general, said his office was investigating 69 VA medical facilities nationwide for possible wrongdoing, up from 42 two weeks ago. The investigations could result in criminal charges, which Griffin said may be needed to combat senior VA leaders who have allowed and even encouraged fraudulent scheduling practices often referred to as "gaming" the system.

Not if Eric Holder has anything to do with it. He has bigger fish to fry. (Such as making sure American’s Indians are not kept from voting.)

The new audit said a 14-day agency target for waiting times was "not attainable," given poor planning and a growing demand for VA services as Vietnam-era vets age and younger veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars enter the system. The 2011 decision by senior VA officials to set the target, and then base bonuses on meeting it, was "an organizational leadership failure," the report said…

But Obama can’t be blamed. And yet Obama has done two things that have made the VA situation worst. First of all, he has forced a massive number of career soldiers out of active duty, where they had been covered by Tri-Care. And now there only option for medical treatment is the VA system.

On top of that, last year in January, the government sent every veteran a letter inviting them to sign up at the VA for their healthcare plan that qualified as an Obamacare approved plan that would be free to the veteran. And that also caused a flood of veterans into the VA system, All of whom were then seeking primary care providers. Which is why the waiting times have gone through the roof. — So why isn’t anyone in the media linking this to Obama-Care?

The report issued Monday offers a broader picture of the overall system. The audit includes interviews with more than 3,772 employees nationwide between May 12 and June 3. Respondents at 14 sites reported having been sanctioned or punished over scheduling practices.

Wait times for new patients far exceeded the 14-day goal, the audit said. For example, the wait time for primary care screening appointment at Baltimore’s VA health care center was almost 81 days. At Canandaigua, New York, it was 72 days. On the other hand, at Coatesville, Pennsylvania, it was only 17 days and in Bedford, Massachusetts just 12 days. The longest wait was in Honolulu — 145 days…

The VA believes it will need $300 million over the next three months to accelerate medical care for veterans who have been waiting for appointments, a senior agency official said in a conference call with reporters. That effort would include expanding clinics’ hours and paying for some veterans to see non-VA providers. The official said he could not say how many additional health providers the VA would need to improve its service…

This is not a money problem. The VA’s budget has gone through the roof. This is a corrupt bureaucracy problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “13% Of VA Administrators Told To Falsify Wait Times”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The VA is pissed field medicine is so good more soldiers make it back. The VA wants soldiers to die in battle so they don’thave so many pesky problems ..

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