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Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests
The Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick Howley

Posted on 02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller.

Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests.

“The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center, told TheDC.

“We just didn’t have the resources to conduct all of those exams. Basically we would get about 3,000 requests a month for [medical] exams, but in a 30-day period we only had the resources to do about 800. That rolls over to the next month and creates a backlog,” Mitchell said. ”It’s a numbers thing. The waiting list counts against the hospitals efficiency. The longer the veteran waits for an exam that counts against the hospital as far as productivity is concerned.”(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: disability; medicine; obama; veterans
Of course they did.
1 posted on 02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yep ... they DID ...

“The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency.

Didja' f'get, Hurry Up And Wait ?

2 posted on 02/24/2014 11:39:18 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a NUMBERS thing?? And what of the vets in their second year of waiting for care that is never going to come? No more free PR for Michelle 0 and Jill, er, DR. Jill Biden until all our vets receive the care they earned and were promised.


3 posted on 02/24/2014 11:42:33 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No reason to think any of this will ever happen to civilians under ObamaCare, is there? I can’t think of any! /s


4 posted on 02/24/2014 11:55:58 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just go away and die. Can’t you see we are government employee's?
5 posted on 02/25/2014 2:00:19 AM PST by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When, last October, I realized I had cancer (yes I diagnosed myself), I didn’t dare go to the VA. I was too interested in surviving, so I went to UNC Chapel Hill and they had me cured by January.
Screw the VA and their surly, belligerent and stupid employees. If I want a fight with a black I just go to WalMart. No need to drive all the way to Durham or Fayetteville.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 2:09:38 AM PST by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN '66-'67)
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The other issue is .. they WON’T hire the medical professionals who could potentially help. Just try “getting in” to THAT system ...you need at least a year experience and after that, it can take a year just to get hired.

Plenty of new graduate np’s who could do exams and help with a backlog.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 3:35:18 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: knarf

Isn’t that a case of ‘cooking the books’? No backlog = no efficiency problem.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 3:35:44 AM PST by abclily
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To: LibsRJerks
The other issue is .. they WON’T hire the medical professionals who could potentially help. Just try “getting in” to THAT system ...you need at least a year experience and after that, it can take a year just to get hired.

I'm guessing that's the case if you're an un-connected white person.

9 posted on 02/25/2014 3:43:18 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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Time for another house cleaning. Not only do the bastards need to be fired, they need to be jailed as well. NO EXCUSE! Replace them all with REAL VETERAN’S.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 4:01:11 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitchell tried to blow the whistle on the scheme and ended up being transferred out of his department and eventually losing his job.
“I actually filed a complaint with the VA [Inspector General] IG and the office of special counsel. The IG requested if I had any documentation. They wanted names. I gave them [about] a thousand names,” Mitchell said. ”The list I turned into the IG went all the way back to 1997.”
“I filed the initial complaint with the IG. … The IG instead of doing their own investigation just gave it to the facility and made them aware of my complaint.”

Most transparent Administration in history.

11 posted on 02/25/2014 4:48:47 AM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
VA Hospitals: Where the government sends veterans to die where affirmative action healthcare employees are employed.
12 posted on 02/25/2014 4:50:18 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They had to change the Veterans Administration motto. Now it’s,

“Delete, Delay, Deny And Hope They Die”


13 posted on 02/25/2014 5:37:10 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: onedoug

ping


14 posted on 02/25/2014 1:23:54 PM PST by windcliff
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt


15 posted on 02/25/2014 8:05:59 PM PST by Deadeye Division
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Imagine the VA under obamacare. Talk about Death Panels.


16 posted on 02/25/2014 9:49:59 PM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

The VA is already under Obama:

Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3126694/posts


17 posted on 02/25/2014 9:51:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


18 posted on 02/25/2014 9:53:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: windcliff

A harbinger of things yet to come.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 3:04:06 AM PST by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The VA? No thanks. I’ll take my chances with witch doctors.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 5:35:00 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No surprise here. It took one of my soldiers 11 years and 7 medical board applications before he finally received his medical retirement. Oh, and it didn’t matter that he had all of the incident records, was awarded the Purple Heart.

Throughout the years he received conflicting instructions on the disability ratings and effect of continued participation in his army reserve unit.

The entire situation was FUBAR.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 12:01:33 PM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascists and their useful idiots, now ACT LIKE IT!)
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