March 9, 2018

#VAFail – See What the OIG Found After Investigating the D.C. VA

If there is one facility within the entire Department of Veterans Affairs that shouldn’t have rampant management and safety problems, it’s the hospital in Washington, D.C.   This facility is directly under the noses of top VA leadership, Congress and the White House. Of all the VA hospitals, you’d think this one would pay special attention to patient safety, protocol and quick problem-solving.  If… Read more »

March 3, 2018

Women’s History Month: Honoring Our Women in Uniform

Women have always been integral to military success. They’ve served in support roles while men took to the battlefields, joined in as nurses, took on male-dominated roles as wars became more demanding and now serve in combat.  Our female veterans and military members feel a powerful sense of duty to their country, even after they’ve served.   Concerned… Read more »

March 1, 2018

#VAFail: VA Chief of Medicine Spends Last Days Detailing Poor Care and Misconduct at Massachusetts VA Facilities

A chief of medicine for the Department of Veterans Affairs used her last days to shed light on poor veteran care in central and western Massachusetts. Dr. Sarah Kemble passed away from cancer in December of last year, shortly after finishing an affidavit detailing what she witnessed while working at the VA.  Kemble joined the VA in 2014. During her time… Read more »

February 27, 2018

Colorado Rep. Has Bold Ideas for Fixing Veterans Health Care

Rep. Doug Lamborn is trying to give more health care options to veterans, not just in his home state of Colorado, but nationwide.   Last year, Rep. Lamborn introduced the Veterans Empowerment Act, which would expand the health care options outside the Department of Veterans Affairs to include private providers. Using arbitrary criteria, the Veterans Choice Program governs whether a veteran can… Read more »

February 23, 2018

Memphis VA Employees Got Paid for Extra Leave, Jail Time?

The Memphis Commercial Appeal has reported on another serious ethical breach by employees of a local VA hospital. The newspaper is reporting allegations that an official at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center was repeatedly falsifying time cards for hospital employees, in effect allowing them to be paid for for time off from working that… Read more »

February 12, 2018

Trump Jumpstarts Stalled VA Health Care Negotiations

In case you missed it, our executive director, Dan Caldwell, wrote an oped in the Washington Examiner last week, praising President Trump for his working to jump-start negotiations in Congress to improve and stabilize the Veterans Health Administration through offering more choices. Those talks have been stalled in Congress for too long: “The president’s comments… Read more »

February 9, 2018

Sen. Baldwin Failed to Protect Veterans at the Tomah VA

Tomah, Wis., has been the sight of multiple Department of Veterans Affairs scandals over the years.    The facility earned the nickname “Candy Land” for the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed to patients there. The number of prescribed oxycodone pills skyrocketed from 78,000 to 712,000 between 2005 and 2012. One patient died from mixed-drug toxicity during his stay in the Tomah psychiatric ward.  Last year, the VA’s inspector general confirmed that a dentist at the Tomah VA… Read more »