This time, in Colorado.
A VA investigation of one of its outpatient clinics in Colorado reveals how ingrained delays in medical care may be for an agency struggling to rapidly treat nearly 9 million veterans a year amid allegations that dozens have died because of delays.
Clerks at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Fort Collins were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency’s goal of 14 days, according to the investigation.
The VA decided to implement ‘retraining and weekly audits’ in response, despite the fact that the exact same thing happened in Arizona – and despite the fact that several deaths may be linked to the delay in services. Which makes me wonder how many other states are having similar cover-ups. As well as make me wonder what Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki thinks about the entire situation.
Wait. No, I can probably guess that one already. After all, he hasn’t resigned yet.
Moe Lane (crosspost)