Fraud, Poor Cardio Care Confirmed At Hines VA Hospital

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Dr Lisa Nee Hines VA Hospital

Benjamin KrauseA leaked report showing violations of law, violations of VA policy and mismanagement at Hines VA Hospital was the subject of news story covering the newest ‘VA is Lying’ billboard in Chicago this week.

Veteran Affairs Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI) confirmed allegations of wrongdoing at Hines VA Hospital in an investigation this June.

WATCH: ABC 7 Hines VA News Video Interview Of Dr. Lisa Nee

Chicago ABC Channel 7 picked up the story and covered allegations leveled by cardiologist Dr. Lisa Nee. OMI confirmed those allegations in an unreleased report sent to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). OSC relayed the information to VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) to see if they would follow up with a criminal investigation. OIG declined.

READ: OMI Report To OSC Confirming Allegations

Confirmed allegations included a finding of deficiencies in cardiovascular care at Hines that resulted in unneeded heart surgeries, diagnostic errors and falsification of records by one doctor. The specific confirmed allegations included:

  1. Fraudulent charges of services never performed but billed to veterans
  2. Failure to inform 50 affected patients of earlier OIG findings
  3. Hines failed to read echocardiograms in a timely manner from 2010-2011
  4. Falsification of performance records
  5. Mismanagement of workload in violation of VA policy
  6. Possible inflated performance pay linked to falsification of records

After Dr. Nee blew the whistle on wrongdoing, she was harassed and defamed by local Hines VA leadership and even former VA OIG head Richard Griffin.

After Dr. Nee became a whistleblower, she was forced out of her position while pregnant. At that time, Hines VA leadership forced her to work from a closet known to be lined with asbestos. To preserve the health of her unborn child, Dr. Nee resigned her position. She now advocates for greater accountability of Veterans Affairs related to health care administration.

If you read this, push the blue button here to tweet to VA…. Let them know you know what they have been up to…

@deptvetaffairs - We know what you did at Hines VA Hospital... #VAisLying Click to Tweet

Am I the only person not surprised by the findings of the OMI report? When will the Obama Administration start investigating these fraudulent acts and those like them in his backyard?

The ABC Channels 7 news story was one of the best I have seen on this subject. You can watch it by clicking on the link below. Be sure to come back here and post your thoughts after you watch it.

Source: http://abc7chicago.com/news/sign-of-the-times-hines-va-hospital-photobombed-by-billboard/1052681/

 

namnibor
In order to get President Obama involved as well as his DOJ/FBI is only if the NAACP gets involved on behalf of a future veteran making a complaint thru NAACP. Not just blowing hot air here because currently, he has the DOJ/FBI involved against ANY cop trying to do their job with the perpetrator(s) refusing to obey police, resist, cause police to need to get physical…nevermind Veterans being harmed or killed…it will take a Veteran of Color to make a… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Let’s see, “Sign of the Times”! Yes, that’s about right. “VA is Lying & Veterans are Dying”, especially at many VA’s across this nation. Something interesting in this news article though. That is, “Who” helped sponsor the billboard. Quote, “veterans, current and former VA staffers, and some union leaders.” I wonder how long these “Union Leaders” will be around? And the article even names one, “Clarna, President of the AFGE local 781 at Hines”. Ohhh, he’s probably going to do… Read more »
namnibor
We also need to look at this from a military/strategic/chess move kind of way using critical thinking, which by definition is looking outside the box, underneath, even areas you may not want to agree with, but here’s my warning and not paranoia: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts…” It would not be entirely out of the question for let’s say ‘a few’ VA employees and/or AFGE VA Reps. contribute to “VA IS LYING VETERANS ARE DYING” Billboards, only to nefariously infiltrate… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
No namnibor, your not being abstract in the least. There could very well be a “Trojan Horse” in the mix. We’ll just have to wait and see! Also, have you googled the article about that “Army veteran dying of prostate cancer” due to “a misdiagnosis by a nurse practitioner” out at the VAMC in Phoenix? When you google it, there’s other news stations and periodicals taking up the cause. When you read some of them, A few things caught my… Read more »
Robin Mitchell

It was indy vba director Michael Stephens that sent them out. Ron knows him. Michael thought the patriot kept it secrdt but a green beret has brothers. Fb page desk commandos of the va has the agent pics. I got a call to that take them down. Might be the same two at Ron. On phone sorry for typing

crazyelf
crazyelf
Robin, Indy sure is taking chances by intimidating veterans and spouses of vets. I was wondering. When I was growing up, bad people who spied on good people were usually run off by local law enforcement, (when law enforcement is called, news media is usually right behind). Because the bad people, it was thought, were using “illegal intimidation tactics”! Now, isn’t sitting outside a person’s home, for a lengthy time period with no explanation as to a “WHY”, be concidered… Read more »
namnibor

@crazyelf-

Just take out the tires of the creep’s cars with a crossbow. Silent but deadly. No beans involved, no one gets hurt, message is quite clear.

crazyelf
crazyelf

namnibor,
Nah, I like what someone else said to do.
Call law enforcement and tell them there’s a couple of creeps in a car, (describe the car & occupants), trying to lure children with candy for whatever reasons.
It’s Halloween ya know.. what better time to abduct a child. And if y’all know anyone with kids——— get the picture?

Steven
Steven
Something has to be done the situation at the VA Hospitals is a deadly game for all veterans many lives are being lost because of negligence on the part of unskilled doctors and staff, as a patient at the VA in Birmingham, Al I have been treated by some very good doctors and mental health staff but I have found that some things that I know are being addressed by CRNP,s are not being followed up by my primary care… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Directors are being “appointed” because it’s a “good ol boy type of system”! If you’ll notice, upper management has the final say on who goes where. Even if they’ve been caught doing things wrong. They just get transferred. No accountability AND no transparency involved. As far as “voting” these pukes in by veterans or anyone else, that ain’t gonna happen! Question to you, Stephen, Isn’t Birmingham one of the two (2) VAMC’s Rep. Roby was going after? I seem to… Read more »
Brad Bolden
Thanks for holding all from the top down accountable, Many were angry at me for calling out the President. As to another post I am American (black), Maybe going to the NAACP would have help, but I’m sure not after they saw me calling out Obama. I actually thought about doing that, but I am a veteran, this is not racial and I would never describe myself any other than that. This is our fight together, using color divides us… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Spot on brother! You hit the nail on the head! When we, veterans all, start using “race, creed or color” to define ourselves, we lose the battle AND the war! This “war of attrition against VA” must be fought correctly and “above board”, or not at all. When VA, VHA, VBA, OSC, VA-OIG or any government entity uses egregious (and SLIMMY) tactics against us, we can and should call them out on it! The news medias are doing a somewhat… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Thank you for being honest about your position Brad.

91Veteran
91Veteran

OIG declined. So, OIG only investigates an issue when trying to block testimony before Congress on upper management fraud? WTF?

Seymour Klearly
Seymour Klearly

91Veteran,

All of the investigations in this matter took place before June 30th when Richard Griffin stepped down from his position as Inspector General at OIG.

There are a number of prior investigations that need to be revisited and VA officials who need to be prosecuted that were protected by Griffin.

91Veteran
91Veteran
Given the number of investigations with blatant lawbreaking or wrong doing that were ignored by Griffin, I cannot fathom why Congress is not going bananas investigating that office. Hell even the lazy bums on the House and Senate VA committees wouldn’t have to lift a finger since the committees on government oversight could do it. What Griffin did in some of these cases is just as egregious as what Lerner and others have done, but Congress doesn’t even yawn over… Read more »
Seymour Klearly
Seymour Klearly

Also noting that the date the OMI sent the letter and report to the OSC was June 30 the date Griffen was forced to step down.

Griffens letter in appendix c of the report show just how corrupt he is.

James

Yes, yes and yes! !!!!!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

When you tweet VA, send separate tweets to at-HouseVetsAffairs and at-VAChair for the Senate and ask when their going to get serious about doing their damn jobs.
This is disgraceful! And a direct result of shockingly lazy oversight by them. How the eF can the OIG decline to investigate such serious issues that were substantiated?

crazyelf
crazyelf
My wife tweets anything and everything to everyone, including Congress, Senate, President and more when it comes to VA atrocities. She’s got 564-5 “followers” now. Just think, if each one of them has say 300 to 400 each, and those have the same, et cetera. Just think how many are contacting their representatives, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…. This could be bigger than we thought. And think on this. How many who don’t follow my wife, yet have Twitter… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

So after watching the video, perhaps Rosenblatt can contact that AFGE local and find out how damn foolish he is in investigating VA is Lying without knowing what his own union is doing.

James

Just say no and it’s over! That’s a dirty shame! Is there anyone else looking at this! Congress anyone!

crazyelf
crazyelf

Hey folks, I just found this site, google ;

“VA hospitals, Schema-Root news”

This has lots of articles on it!
(schema-root dot org/usa/veterans affairs)

crazyelf
crazyelf
I know this is off subject. Yet it does have to do with what’s going on right now in West Chicago. It came through my wife’s Twitter account. Evidently, Mr. Cusack and Mr. Lee follow my wife or visa versa…. It seems John Cusack (actor) and Spike Lee (director) are in the process of making a movie. The mayor, Mayor Emanuel, “summoned” Spike Lee to his office. The reason, “Your making my city look bad!” Sooo, Spike Lee returned to… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

I forgot to add.
Since when has Chicago ever had a good reputation, NEVER! Maybe that Mayor should take off those rose colored glasses. He should also go out and look at that “VA is Lying, Veterans are Dying” billboard. That’s bringing SHAME on his city too.

namnibor
That Mayor (from ex-Obama Admn.) in Chicago has been keeping as much of the mass shootings and all-out war on Chicago’s streets. For ages, those that control Chicago are a bit like that Science Fiction movie Elysium, in that there’s a clear divide in Chicago from those in their ivory towers and the poor neighborhoods…it’s what Detroit has also been going through for ages and the Unions there also keep as much from national new as well. Like: most people… Read more »
namnibor

Forgot to add: State of Illinois cannot pay lottery winnings above $600. indefinitely…think Detroit…as goes Chicago…hope not, but these thugs are now running cities in the ground almost like they know asteroids are heading toward earth so it’s “get what you can while you can” mentality.

crazyelf
crazyelf

namnibor, the name of the Spike Lee movie is;
“Chi-raq”, it’s a word combination of Chicago and Iraq.
Lee says it’s about ALL the crime in Chicago. That’s why the mayor “summoned” Lee to his office. I wonder what law enforcement is doing about all the crime there?
Also, John Cusack is the only white actor.
I agree, Chicago will be like Detroit real soon. So will a lot of other cities if Americans don’t wake up pretty damn soon!

crazyelf
crazyelf
Quote: “These are the times that try men’s souls!” Thomas Paine, Revolutionist, Author of “Common Sense” and a man of vision. Seems we here in America have forgotten what and why this great “Republic” was founded! When the Continental Congress was signing the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin remarked, “Gentlemen, today we are committing treason. If we don’t hang together, we will surely hang separately!” These men who were committing treason, did so to start a new country. A country… Read more »
James
Glad you posted this, makes one think yu, what the hell is going on, all you see and hear is people hurting each other, people and greed will not only tear this country, The world will pay the price and upon his return, there will be a war that will be the end of all war’s! Those that are evil will be the first to fill the rath of a very unhappy higher power! People would rather destroy this world,… Read more »
really
really
“Employees at Hines work diligently to create a collaborative, problem solving environment that we hope creates an environment that is conducive to the needs of our Veterans.” The Department of Veteran’s Affairs respects any other organization’s or individual’s right to express their opinion. However, as is fair, we will thin those ranks with reckless and unnecessary heart surgeries, diagnostic errors, death provoking cardiovascular care and deceptive bogus data for those no good -son-of a-bitchin– pain-in-the-ass veteran freaks who all deserve… Read more »
James

Do you guys know who really is, it a member from that church in Kansas, that goes to veterans funeral and heckling the veteran!

This person has small children standing on the curb yelling kill all veterans!

Their trying to fool us, acting like an employee and who knows it may be a VA employee that belongs to that church?

Talk about stupid people they take the cake!

crazyelf
crazyelf
James, Is “Really says” from that church in Kansas? You know, The ones who come to “Veterans Funerals” and causes problems? If so, ask why they didn’t show here in Orange City, Florida a few years back? Want to know why, they got scared. Their cowards. That’s why. Their leader was informed, (some say) by many law enforcement agencies, if they showed they might get hurt. Many down here, and from all over the country, were ready, willing and able… Read more »
James

If not it’s one crazy employee? Guess Lucifer latched on to another one!

Hurt, lie, lie and oh yea lie

Who ever wrote that is sick in the head.

Frank Calderon

Dear Mr.Krause:

If Dr. Lisa Nee, the whistleblower, continues to be harassed for telling the truth, in fighting for the veterans she can sue who ever is behind it all and whoever as is a co-conspirator for summary retaliation.

James
She needs to have an attorney for this, there is no government agency that will help a former VA employee even if they are retaliated against ! It seems Hilary is not aware of this! Each agency state’s it another agency that handles those types of cases! Some even make you fill that you are wasting their time, like what do you want, after you call and leave message after message because they don’t answer! You repeat the problem over… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Here’s an interesting article I read on Newsmax this morning. Seems two Muslims wanted a job as delivery drivers. Before being hired, it was explained to them they would be required to “deliver alcoholic beverages”! You see Muslims aren’t allowed to do that sort of thing. Both agreed that wouldn’t be a problem. Then, when they were expected to deliver a few truck loads of beer, “they refused”! Stating “it was a violation of their religion!” Consequently, for that, they… Read more »
namnibor
@crazyelf- This is what I have been talking about with Obama and his DOJ and FBI…yet he has not used them to go after various thugs at the VA. That’s the only reason I mentioned or perhaps suggested that Veterans should flood the NAACP with complaints and see if Obama hears that way…I just do not get it. He rather take stance of protecting rights of the very damn terrorists we are still at war with…and Obama wants to allow… Read more »
Seymour Klearly
Seymour Klearly
Ben, Thank you for writing this article and providing a link to the OMI report. In testimony in a senate hearing Dr. Nee stated she began working at Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in 2011 and that one of her first jobs was to review 5 to 10 boxes of a yearlong backlog of echocardiograms that represented studies from hundreds of patients who were Veterans. In her testimony she states, “My shock turned to horror as I realized many of the… Read more »
James
The employee who denied to prosecute is just as guilty as the offenders and should be held accountable! This is inexcusable and the attorney General, should take this case and insure every veteran is notified and charges placed upon anyone involved! Is the president supposed to know these injustices are occurring? Jail time is the only thing these people will understand and employees will continue to harm veterans, until they see there is a price to pay for putting veterans… Read more »
Seymour Klearly
Seymour Klearly
I agree and believe that Richard Griffen should be prosecuted under 18 U.S. Code § 1112 – Manslaughter for Voluntary Manslaughters. Griffin not only knew that he was covering up deaths at the Hines VA Hospital, but he also knew that more Veterans would die when he did it. Those additional deaths being a direct result of his actions. I also believe that Dr. Robert Dieter the Chief of Vascular Medicine and Cardiovascular Interventions at Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs… Read more »
James
It’s totally amazing to me, that anyone can be this callous! I have wondered for years why My Lord has spared my life! I have been through a lot of trauma and believe I should not be here! Someone is watching and caring for me and sometimes,I wonder why! I think just maybe, because I have always tried to help people and not judge why! I truly believe in a higher power and I think he wants me to witness… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

Hey Brothers and Sisters,
Here’s an email address of a Senior Reporter who seems interested in getting the “Real Story of VA” out.
It’s;
[email protected] dot com”
Remove the quotation marks.
Be brief and too the point.
Above all please, be respectful…

crazyelf
crazyelf

Sorry,
I forgot to add an “s” to the word “journal”.
The corrected email address is;

[email protected] dot com

The more she hears from veterans across this country, she’ll know “VA is Lying & Veterans are Dying”!
She’s out of Phoenix, so she just might be able to shead a light on people there about what’s going on nationwide.

James

Thanks

Frank Calderon

Dear Mr. Krause:

I also forgot to include in my previous comment: for violation of Dr. Lisa Nee’s Constitutional right under the First Amendment to free speech.

James

Elf, I sent an email to the reporter in Phoenix, about how the VA denighed Veterans their disability by hiding their records, by telling older veterans their records were destroyed in saint Louis fire!

Also how they are using the Disruptive Committee to retaliate against veterans!

Lets see what happens, glad you posted the email address!

crazyelf
crazyelf

James, thanks. I hope a lot of us do the same.
We gotta keep the pressure on.

James

Yes sir, veterans deserve to be heard and not slapped with penalties, for doing so!

crazyelf
crazyelf
Please google the following; “John Oliver breaks down Big Pharma and it’s hilariously ugly” It’s about the Big Pharmaceutical Companies & Prescription Drugs in the good ol U.S. of A. Have y’all ever notice the large amount of commercials pertaining to prescription drugs on TV? Have y’all noticed the “one catch phrase” at the end of each commercial- “Ask your doctor if xxxxxxx is right for you!”? Did y’all know big pharma spends an “estimated $24 BILLION dollars each year… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
This morning I received this from “Townhall . com”. An article written, 30 Oct. 2015, by Guy Benson. The title is; “Systemic: New IG Report Finds More Mismanagement, Abuse at VA” It delves into more VA’s having incompetent healthcare providers, longer wait times, filthy surgical and medical equipment stored with sterile equipment, et cetera. These News Reports are coming out of Alaska, Illinois and California. When, or if, y’all watch the video, the reporter mentions even more ‘states’ fraught with… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
P.S. people, there’s plenty of negative news articles coming out about VA. Each one of these usually have “contact info” to the reporter. If y’all would send an email, explaining the “who, what, why, when, where and how” VA has treated y’all and others. It would bolster (our) “claims of distrust, dissatisfaction, distaste and egregious acts over VA’s inability, or “wanton denial”, to do right by us. No one has to give their real name. I, myself, say “from a… Read more »
Tim Lane
Tim Lane
I am not surprised. In my case dealing with Ortho for my ankle problems the Dallas Doctors have lied in my records writeen misleading things on my condition and leased me early for surgery after they had me weight bearing day after surgery but was surpose to be non weight bearing for a month. I was told you realy should not be working till your fully healed but lied and never added that to my records and refused after my… Read more »
James
Yes, they put in the record what they want and when the veteran finds errors, the VA will tell you well those were the facts at the time and if you don’t agree with what’s written! Sent us a letter with what was said and how it should read! I worked for the VA and I know anything sent by letter, will be filed into your chart! The problem is the chart they put it into, is for administrative paper… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
I got y’all three more articles, the first one namnibor, and a few others on here, will like. 1.) “UPDATE: Legal Action Against Koch Brothers, Rick Scott & Jeb Bush Goes to U.S. Supreme Court.” by Leslie Salzillo Oct. 30, 2015 This has to do with a paper factory “dumping tons of toxic waste water into the St. Johns River” here in Florida. I believe it’s up by St. Augustine, Fl. It’s a kinda long article. There’s an “active petition”,… Read more »
James

The nurses know what’s going on and know they better get out before they are scape goats, for upper mismanagement!

They seen it first hand and those that don’t want TO go to jail are jumping ship!

crazyelf
crazyelf
James, you hit that proverbial nail on the head. Did you google the articles I just gave. The one where Bagdad Bobby said he’s already fixed VA is “pure unadulterated B/S”! All that “poser” wants is more money in his “coffers”! He has done nothing to fix VA, Period, Nada, Zilch. He will feel the “Wrath of God” when the time comes for him to “Stand at the Golden Gates of Heaven”! He will be directed in a different direction,… Read more »
James

Not yet, there will be a lot going the wrong direction!

namnibor
I am actually hoping *a very special form of HELL* has been set-aside for these types…with ALL the “transparency” that a furnace flame gives. Yes. October has brought-out a very special kind of stupid in a lot of people this year. Kind of like that stupid look Rick Scott has whenever ANYONE mentions the phrase “Climate Change” in font of him. (watched a National Geographic special this evening showing how Governor Scott will not even allow anyone in his governmental… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
namnibor, Ol Scotty boy’s got a lot more to worry about than “Climate Change. Or being a part of “polluting St. John’s River”! The “Gaming Contract with the Seminole Indian Tribe ran out at midnight 31 Oct 2015”! Sources say the ‘tribe’ is extremely (pissed) Scotty boy has allowed an outside source (some say from Vegas?) come into the South Florida (Miami-Dade) area and set up shop. Btw, the Seminoles own ALL lands south of Orange County(Central Florida). They’ve had… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
FYI, The Seminoles are the only peoples who have NEVER had a “treaty” with the American Government!!!! Only “contracts”! Scotty boy is going to be doing lots of backtracking in the next few weeks. You watch. Also, there’s been a lot of people down here wondering about where Ol Scotty got all his money? He started out as part owner, with his mother, having two small donut shops. Then walla, he’s CEO of an insurance company for some hospitals. Then… Read more »
namnibor
There’s a very close bedfellows between Halliburton and Bush’s and Cheney’s…then there’s Rick Scott that somehow along with slime ball help of Carl Rove I think, Scott becomes a very unqualified nor deserving Gov. after much scandal ongoing. He is painful to look at for my brain and has a Fun House Sinister Smile like he just ate three children with some Fava Beans….LOL! Yes, the Seminoles are very smart…as all Native American Tribes. I have a Lakota streak going… Read more »
James

It’s good they were able to win, now the veterans need to stand as tall and not take no for an answer.

Those who have Morales can win, but it takes people like Ben and other veterans to keep plugging ahead, they can’t continue to ignore the facts (VA) ! That veterans in numbers can make a change!

Don Karg
Don Karg

[email protected] dot com”

note the date 11/01/2015

crazyelf
crazyelf

@Don,
Her email address is;
[email protected] dot com

She writes for the
“Phoenix Business Journal”
She is the “Senior Reporter”
She wrote an article about an:
“Army Veteran ‘dying of cancer’ files $50 M lawsuit against Phoenix VA”
on Oct. 26, 2015.
This was/IS a very sad article!
I hope you’ll google it and read it. There’s also a video.

crazyelf
crazyelf

Correction ;
[email protected] dot com

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