A 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.
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.
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:
- Fraudulent charges of services never performed but billed to veterans
- Failure to inform 50 affected patients of earlier OIG findings
- Hines failed to read echocardiograms in a timely manner from 2010-2011
- Falsification of performance records
- Mismanagement of workload in violation of VA policy
- 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.
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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.