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    Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    From The Washington Post:

    An independent report from the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector generalís office substantiates recent allegations that VA health clinics used inappropriate scheduling practices that concealed treatment delays ó lasting an average of 115 days in a sampling of patients ó and boosted performance measures that help determine whether bonuses are deserved.
    Inspector general’s report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital


    Excerpts from the report:

    Since the multiple lists we found were something other than the official EWL, these additional lists may be the basis for allegations of creating ďsecretĒ wait lists. We are not reporting the results of our clinical reviews in this interim report on whether any delay in scheduling a primary care appointment resulted in a delay in diagnosis or treatment, particularly for those veterans who died while on a waiting list. Lastly, while conducting our work at the Phoenix HCS our on-site OIG staff and OIG Hotline receive numerous allegations daily of mismanagement, inappropriate hiring decisions, sexual harassment, and bullying behavior by mid- and senior-level managers at this facility. We are assessing the validity of these complaints and if true, the impact to the facilityís senior leadershipís ability to make effective improvements to patientsí access to care. We will make recommendations in our final report and ask the VA Secretary to submit target dates and implementation plans. We recommend the VA Secretary take immediate action to review and provide appropriate health care to the 1,700 veterans we identified as not being on any existing wait list. Also, we recommend a review of all existing wait lists at the Phoenix Health Care System to identify veterans who may be at greatest risk because of a delay in the delivery of health care. We recommend initiation of a nationwide review of veterans on wait lists to ensure that veterans are seen in an appropriate time, given their clinical condition. Finally, we recommend the VA Secretary direct the Health Eligibility Center to run a nationwide New Enrollee Appointment Request report by facility of all newly enrolled veterans and direct facility leadership to ensure all veterans have received appropriate care or are shown on the facilityís electronic waiting list.

    The entire report can be found at: http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-02603-178.pdf

    It should be noted that this is just the first in a series of reports related to the ongoing investigations into the VA health center scandal.

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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Unless President Obama subscribes to the Washington Post, he's probably clueless on this.

    I feel like I'm better informed on what's actually is going on in the Obama administration than Obama is.

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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
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    Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital


    Excerpts from the report:

    Since the multiple lists we found were something other than the official EWL, these additional lists may be the basis for allegations of creating ďsecretĒ wait lists. We are not reporting the results of our clinical reviews in this interim report on whether any delay in scheduling a primary care appointment resulted in a delay in diagnosis or treatment, particularly for those veterans who died while on a waiting list. Lastly, while conducting our work at the Phoenix HCS our on-site OIG staff and OIG Hotline receive numerous allegations daily of mismanagement, inappropriate hiring decisions, sexual harassment, and bullying behavior by mid- and senior-level managers at this facility. We are assessing the validity of these complaints and if true, the impact to the facilityís senior leadershipís ability to make effective improvements to patientsí access to care. We will make recommendations in our final report and ask the VA Secretary to submit target dates and implementation plans. We recommend the VA Secretary take immediate action to review and provide appropriate health care to the 1,700 veterans we identified as not being on any existing wait list. Also, we recommend a review of all existing wait lists at the Phoenix Health Care System to identify veterans who may be at greatest risk because of a delay in the delivery of health care. We recommend initiation of a nationwide review of veterans on wait lists to ensure that veterans are seen in an appropriate time, given their clinical condition. Finally, we recommend the VA Secretary direct the Health Eligibility Center to run a nationwide New Enrollee Appointment Request report by facility of all newly enrolled veterans and direct facility leadership to ensure all veterans have received appropriate care or are shown on the facilityís electronic waiting list.

    The entire report can be found at: http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-02603-178.pdf

    It should be noted that this is just the first in a series of reports related to the ongoing investigations into the VA health center scandal.
    It has occurred to me that the VA scandal may be Obama's Katrina in terms of lasting, strategic damage to his presidency. Like Katrina, the damage won't necessarily be fair but it will be lasting and debilitating. Some people thought Obamacare would be the tough issue. Others thought it might be Benghazi or the IRS. Instead, it looks like the VA scandal will be the corrosive issue.
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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Anyone listen to that hearing last night? What a sad joke that was.
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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    heads will role, but they will have to wait 3-4 months.
    I have CDO, it's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be.

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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    heads will role, but they will have to wait 3-4 months.
    Heads should already be rolling.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Heads should already be rolling.
    Can't, they're on a waiting list.
    I have CDO, it's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be.

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    Re: Inspector generalís report confirms allegations at Phoenix VA hospital

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    Can't, they're on a waiting list.
    Now THAT is funny.
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