TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Altoona VA workers say they falsified scheduling

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, 9:24 p.m.
 

ALTOONA — Some schedulers at a Veterans Affairs facility in central Pennsylvania say they falsified scheduling information, even though an audit gave the facility good marks for service.

That congressional audit information released last week shows nearly one-fourth of the 118 schedulers at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center told auditors that they were told to falsify scheduling dates for veterans' medical appointments, the Altoona Mirror reported on Sunday.

The Department of Veterans Affairs in June claimed the center had a 99 percent rate of scheduling veterans within 30 days of requested medical services. The medical center has since said the rate was about 96 percent.

The audit report “gives us a preliminary look at what some of the concerns were when the auditors visited Altoona in May,” the medical center said.

The Altoona medical center is one of about 100 VA centers where auditors found scheduling problems in the wake of a national scandal in which veterans at some other centers around the country waited for months for medical appointments, only to have the VA centers falsify records to cover it up.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Walking gets increasingly deadly for pedestrians in Pa.
  2. As House looks to dismantle state stores, hybrid system might be option
  3. 3 killed, 1 wounded in Philadelphia shootings
  4. ‘Tipping point’ near for Pa. government, conservative expert predicts at Freedom Forum
  5. Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances
  6. Pa. Senate approves ‘paycheck protection’ constitutional amendment
  7. PEMA, National Guard helping Bradford after water runs dry
  8. Liquor privatization bill clears Pennsylvania House panel
  9. Former state Treasurer McCord’s quick fall prompts deeper analysis
  10. Western Pennsylvania shivers toward record for coldest February