Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of 143 VA hospitals audited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, was found to have no tampering or cover-up of falsified appointment dates. The bad news is that those appointment dates are inappropriate, at best, and dangerous, at worst.
In the wake of the national scandal over VA patients dying while awaiting appointments and cover-ups at some VA medical centers, feds hit the road in mid-May to review the records at VA hospitals across the nation.
They visited Boise May 13 and found that the local VA was relatively good at scheduling new patients, but overall scheduling for all of its clients was among the six worst VA hospitals in the nation. Ten percent of Boise appointments took longer than 30 days to schedule. The national average was 4 percent.
Additionally, the audit found that there was understaffing in the Boise VA's physical therapy and ophthalmology departments.
The audit was released just days before the U.S. Senate was expected to take up bipartisan legislation to revamp the VA system.