October 13, 2017

#VAFail – The VA Wanted This Purple Heart Vet to Drive Almost Two Hours After His Chemo Treatments

When George Geiger, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was diagnosed with throat cancer, doctors told him he needed radiation and chemotherapy. The treatments would be draining, but Geiger, whose helicopter was shot down six times during the war, was ready to fight. There was just one problem—the VA hospital in Atlanta was at… Read more »

October 11, 2017

#VAFail – Investigation Finds Years of VA Concealing Misconduct and Mistakes

An explosive article in USA Today reports the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has covered up hundreds of employees’ mistakes and withheld information from patients about medical mistakes that were committed in recent years. USA Today reviewed hundreds of confidential VA records and what they found is astonishing: “In at least 126 cases, the VA… Read more »

October 10, 2017

#VAFail – West Virginia VA Facility Found to Have Manipulated Data to Reduce Wait Times

Add the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center to the litany of VA facilities that have manipulated data to reduce reported wait times. After the Phoenix waitlist scandal was exposed in 2014, one would think this issue would have been resolved. Unfortunately, this practice continues with the West Virginia hospital being the most… Read more »

October 5, 2017

#VAFail – More reports of unsanitary conditions at Colorado and Arkansas VAs

Unsanitary conditions at VA facilities have become unfortunately common at this point. Patients not only have to worry about long wait times or the ability to get into a VA facility for treatment, but they also often face unclean conditions once they do get in. Here’s a look at some of the evidence: Chicago-area VA:… Read more »

September 29, 2017

Wait Time Issues Continue at Arizona VA

In 2014, the Phoenix VA Medical center caught the attention of the nation as it was discovered the hospital manipulated wait times, resulting in several veterans dying while waiting for care. Findings by a new VA Inspector General report allege the VA healthcare system in Southern Arizona has wait times that are worse than the… Read more »

September 28, 2017

#VAFail – Northport VA Allegedly Using Veterans to Increase Funding

On the heels of news that the VA is only filling half of its available appointments despite long wait times, VA employees in New York may be using precious time to boost their clinic’s funding instead of caring for veterans. The Washington Examiner reports that employees at the VA clinic in Northport, New York are… Read more »

September 20, 2017

#VAFail – Audits show Choice Program payment errors costing millions

Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Michael Missal sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin last week outlining audit findings into payments made under the Veterans Choice Program. The shortened version: it’s not going well. The OIG is currently in the process of completing two audits, with a third audit to follow,… Read more »