A damning new email obtained by Fox News reveals that an official at a Wyoming VA instructed his workers to cook the books to make it look like patients were being seen within the agency’s required 14-day window.
Via Fox News
Fox News has learned that the VA was informed of dubious scheduling practices at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and at a community-based outpatient clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is part of the Wyoming center, through an internal investigation in December 2013. The problems at and the investigation into the Fort Collins clinic were reported earlier this week.
The June email signed by an employee named David Newman, a Telehealth coordinator at the Cheyenne center, describes to the workers methods they can use to manipulate records in the patient appointment system to comply with a VA policy that requires patients be seen within 14 days of their desired date of appointment.
“Yes, it is gaming the system a bit,” the email reads. “But you have to know the rules of the game you are playing, and when we exceed the 14-day measure, the front office gets very upset.”
Shinseki said in a statement that after he learned of the email on Friday, he ordered the employee who wrote it placed on administrative leave. He said he also ordered the VA’s independent inspector general to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
“VA takes any allegations about patient care or employee misconduct very seriously. If true, the behavior outlined in the email is unacceptable,” Shinseki said.
In the age of Obama, even blatantly obvious malfeasance requires an “investigation” before a wrong-doer can be fired. Which is why none are ever fired – because the Obama Regime’s investigations always end up being a whitewash where no one is found to be at fault.
This latest bombshell email was discussed on Fox News, Saturday morning.