OIG report between 2014 – 2016 shows 1 million late payments made by VA to contracted health facilities

The report can be found at the following link.   (From the summary) VA’s Fee Basis Claims System from November 2014 through September 2016. The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) Office of Community Care (OCC) contracted with Third Party Administrators (TPAs) to process claims and pay Choice medical providers. During the 23-month audit period, OIG sampled from …

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Government Accountability Office report on continued failure with VA emergency care benefits despite 2014 report

This is news article was written by the journalist with KARE 11 out of Minnesota in September 2017. The report which also has a video component can be found here. This was a follow up to a 2014 Government Accountability Office report that the errors were causing veterans to pay for emergency care out of their …

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2016 Veteran suicide report by the Office of Suicide Prevention on 3 August 2016

2016 Suicide data report In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died by suicide each day. Six of the 20 were recent users of VHA services in 2013 or 2014. ▪ In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults and constituted 8.5 percent of the U.S. adult population …

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November 2017 GAO report finds the VA does not properly report doctors who fail to maintain ethical and medical standards

The following is an excerpt from a report released by the Government Accountability Office  (GAO) during November 2017. Full information below. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center (VAMC) officials are responsible for reviewing the clinical care delivered by their privileged providers—physicians and dentists who are approved to independently perform specific services—after concerns are raised. …

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Veteran Affairs whistleblower facing retaliation. Washington Post article.

The following article was written by Eric Hannel with the Washington Post on Aug 22, 2017.   Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was challenged Monday by a VA whistleblower who asked why he was still facing retaliation by the department, even though VA policy prohibits actions against officials who highlight problems within the agency. Shulkin met with …

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Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the death of Charles Ingram and the failures that caused it

Source for the article is the VA OIG report. I know the formatting is horrible, it is better on the PDF at the link. I included it here for those who do not want to go to a link. They have a lot of extra spaces which makes it so erratic.     The VA …

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Government Accountability Office reports VA denies 80% of Gulf War Illness claims

A report released June 2017 revealed the VA denies 4 of 5 disability claims for veterans claiming disability for Gulf War illness despite evidence showing over 40 percent suffer from it. The Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing Gulf War Illness (GWI) claims of veterans from 2010 to 2015. Of the 102,000 claims received, …

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The VA refuses to acknowledge some combat zone burn pits were built on former chemical weapon facilities.

"Though the US government disputes it, new evidence shows a link between service in Iraq and Afghanistan and cancers and untreatable bronchial illnesses." The health risk of this is astronomical, and the combat veteran community is losing people to this important factor that the government is refusing. Imagine you go to a concert, and hundreds …

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How the Veteran Affairs office fueled the national opioid crisis and is killing thousands of veterans.

Today, the number of patients affected by the VA’s swinging opiate pendulum is staggering: 60 percent of veterans who fought in the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans have chronic pain. ...leading to swift, mandated cutoffs regardless of patient well-being and with virtually no evidence that it’s a safe approach. VA fueled the national opioid crisis article link   …

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