Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Veterans Affairs purged thousands of medical tests to 'game' its backlog stats

About 40,000 appointments were “administratively closed” in Los Angeles, and another 13,000 were cancelled in Dallas in 2012.

That means the patients did not receive the tests or treatment that had been ordered, but rather the orders for the follow-up procedures were simply deleted from the agency’s records.

It is not known how widespread the practice is, or how many veterans hospitals have mass-purged appointment orders to clear their backlogs.

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VA Defends Deleting Veteran Medical Appointments

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