Back in August of 2015, the Veterans Hospital was still ignoring veterans unto the point of death. It does not seem to matter how much money that Congress and the Obama administration threw at the problem, there were and are pockets of incompetence and malpractice. Almost half of those experiencing delays died before being seen. There is an important caveat to the story. It is unclear how many died from lack of an appointment.
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Over the weekend we saw another story emerge which reminds us that the lingering effects of the VA scandal are far from gone and too much work remains to be done. It’s not that we haven’t seen some signs of progress at the agency. Shortly after President Trump decided to keep David Shulkin around and place him in charge of the VA, the new Secretary begged for expanded authority to fire failing workers. That prompted the President to create what I like to think of as the Office of Your Butt is Fired inside the VA.
That office clearly has their work cut out for them in California. As the Washington Free Beacon revealed this weekend, a recent Inspector General’s office report on one Los Angeles hospital revealed that more than 100 veterans died while waiting to be seen at the facility.
More than 100 veterans died while waiting for care at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., over a nine-month span ending in August 2015, according to a new government report.
The VA Office of Inspector General found in a recent healthcare inspection that 225 veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System facility died with open or pending consults between Oct. 1, 2015 and Aug. 9, 2015. Nearly half—117—of those patients died while experiencing delays in receiving care.
The inspector general reported that 43 percent of the 371 consults scheduled for patients who ended up dying were not timely because of a failure by VA employees to follow proper procedure. The report was unable to substantiate claims that patients died as a result of the delayed consults.
The period in question actually ran from October of 2014 through August of 2015, and it can’t be shown that the delay in getting an appointment directly led to the deaths of specific veterans, but the results speak for themselves. Now, the period in question ended almost two years ago, so why are we just now hearing about it? Because nobody had their hand on the tiller for such a long time and there are so many VA centers around the country that it’s taking what must feel like an interminable amount of time to go through them all. But one thing has become increasingly clear and it’s the fact that the reforms put in place after the scandal first came to light have made improvements in some areas, but they weren’t nearly enough. In 2014 Congress rushed through the Veterans Choice and Accountability Act which channeled significant funding into the agency for hiring more staff and streamlining their processes for patient care, while offering veterans who couldn’t get a timely appointment at a VA…….
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