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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:30 am

About 100,000 veterans are currently experiencing long wait times for care, according to an internal Veterans Affairs report released Monday.

The audit was conducted May 12 to June 4, and phase one included 216 facilities serving more than 10,000 veterans — including Temple’s Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center — at the request of the department’s secretary to review the entire system’s scheduling and access management practices.

Over the past two months, reports have surfaced about delayed care and falsified appointment wait-time data at VA facilities and the risk it puts on veterans’ lives.

The goal is for veterans to wait no more than 14 days for care. Monday’s 54-page report identifies this goal as “not attainable given the ongoing challenge of finding sufficient provider slots to accommodate a growing demand for services.”

Though the Temple facility’s spokeswoman told the Herald on May 28 “leadership is not aware of any concerns brought up during these audits,” the hospital is listed along with 80 other phase one sites in the report as requiring further review.

Documentation obtained by the Herald shows that employees of the Temple hospital reported to their union as early as 2012 that they were told to inaccurately enter a veteran’s desired appointment date to one that meets the 14-day goal.

The audit found at least one instance of this practice at 76 percent of the facilities visited. Overall, 13 percent of staff interviewed indicated they received this type of unethical instruction.

The “rapidly deployed” audit had three initiatives: gauge frontline staff’s understanding of proper scheduling processes; assess the frequency and pervasiveness of both desired and undesirable practices employed to record veteran preferences for appointment dates, manage waiting lists and process requests for specialty consultation; identify factors that interfere with schedulers’ ability to facilitate timely care for veterans.

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2 comments:

  • JimS posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    JimS Posts: 10

    VA 'scandal'? It's the Country Served and Their Representatives, mostly from conservative ideology and especially under conservative administrations, free wars and privatize for corporate profit causing problems to compound by obstructing full funding and ignoring many many issues, 'SCANDAL'! Decades and Wars of Long!!

    The Country that 'Talks the Talk' but rarely 'Walks the Walk', patriotism posers who loves the free wars and ignore any sacrifice as to the long term results from, while ignoring the many issues of Veterans, those that served them, especially as a result of our wars, their representatives leading that ignoring while attacking the under funded VA, decades now and wars from, they control the purse strings of the Country!

    The Fallen Brothers and Sisters and Our Veterans Community are Not a Corporate Marketing Tool Especially on Memorial and Veterans' Days!!!!!!!

    "In fiscal 2013, the VA spent about $4.8 billion, or about one-tenth of its healthcare costs, on private care, often for veterans who live far from VA facilities or veterans in need of care unavailable at a VA facility."

    “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

    TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."
    Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**

     
  • JimS posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    JimS Posts: 10

    There's 'whistleblowers' And then 'political whistleblowers', there's agency 'supervisors' And then there's agency 'political/greed/power supervisors', and in the grossly under funded for decades VA this is reading like those latter along!! Where anything but the care and help for those that served the country shouldn't exist, even when those 99% served have yet to Sacrifice themselves!!
    Gen Shinseki had a target on him after speaking Military Truth and the bushco fired him with the cheers of the flag wavin poser patriots!!
    Veterans Affairs 'scandals' Are As Old As The Agency

    WE BROKE IT DECADES AGO!!!
    And by doing so any problems in a much needed growth agency, especially with them poser patriotism flag wavin wars we don't pay for, are compounded and while grossly under funded brings on more problems!!

    By the way, Congress is Us and especially the 99% served!!

    Yet today’s Congress is “shocked and shocked”

    And in the Shinseki VA they were not only trying to fix what was ignored, by those served, in the agency, they also started addressing the long long............. ignored issues of previous wars especially. Those few within saw their chance to use politics and their own greed, politics as to the Gen who had a target on him since speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him!!!

    There's 'whistleblowers' And then 'political whistleblowers', there's agency 'supervisors' And then there's agency 'political/greed/power supervisors', and in the grossly under funded for decades VA this is reading like those latter along!! Where anything but the care and help for those that served the country shouldn't exist, even when those 99% served have yet to Sacrifice themselves!!

    And the ones the must upset about are those served who Haven't Sacrificed, they want everything just hate paying for, especially this whole decade plus and two rubber stamped wars!!

    And being led, especially, by talking heads making multi millions, with huge tax cuts, in the media, all were for them wars, and long time obstructionist conservative pols and followers of and pretty much everyone, easier to attack the VA personal, politics need not matter, being Poser Patriots is true Americanism!!!

    DeJa-Vu all over again!!!

    Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**

     

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