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October 29, 2018

October’s worst #VAFails

There are some important updates on developing stories at the Department of Veterans Affairs this month. Many student veterans are still waiting for their GI Bill benefits to kick in this semester, and a Minnesota news outlet further investigated a nationwide #VAFail it helped break. Here are the top #VAFails in October. The Office of… Read more »

October 22, 2018

#VAFail –VA Failed to Coordinate Exams for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries have become the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimates from the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center show 22 percent of combat casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are from brain injuries. Many more with blast injuries may also have sustained TBIs. Since 2000, instances of TBI… Read more »

October 3, 2018

#VAFail – Another VA Hospital May Have Improperly Canceled Radiology Exams

Back in July, the Tampa Bay Times reported on allegations that Department of Veterans Affairs staff at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital improperly canceled radiology exams. According to the allegations, staff at the Tampa-area facility canceled hundreds of exams in an effort to clean out the backlog of orders. In response, Haley became the… Read more »

September 27, 2018

September’s Five Worst #VAFails

The Department of Veterans Affairs has an important deadline coming up. By Oct. 4, the department must submit a progress report on its plan to implement the VA MISSION Act, which will overhaul veterans’ health care so that more have access to medical care outside the VA. That much-needed reform can’t come soon enough. The… Read more »

September 25, 2018

#VAFail – This Is One of the Worst Nursing Homes in the VA System

Just a few months ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs released ratings for its 133 nursing home facilities. Although releasing this data was a good move toward transparency, the information paints a bleak picture of care at VA nursing homes across the country. The VA uses a star-rating system to measure quality and care standards… Read more »

September 17, 2018

#VAFail – Here’s an Update on the Aurora, Colorado VA

The Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center opened less than two months ago, and it already has issues with medical equipment. The Aurora, Colo., facility is unable to use the main dialysis system installed in the hospital. 9 News reports that the system is offline and patients are being treated with portable dialysis machines used for… Read more »

September 12, 2018

#VAFail – The VA Overpaid Two Contractors $101 Million

$101 million is lot of money. It’s an especially large amount of money to accidentally spend. But that’s exactly what the Department of Veterans Affairs did according to the Office of Inspector General. A recently released report found that the VA made excess payments to two contractors, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp and Health Net Federal… Read more »