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By Judith Graham
VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drugs to All Veterans in Its Health System

 
Orange Count Registry
Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
 
CBS News Investigates
Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford
Dr. Raymond Schinazi played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA
 
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Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
We're looking at a company who is milking a cash cow for everything it's worth," Sanders said. 
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic 12:27 a.m. EDT June 21, 2015
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
, The Republic | azcentral.com 11:51 a.m. MST June 19, 2015
Dr. David Ross, the VA's director public-health pathogens programs, resigned from the working group. "I cannot in good conscience continue to work on a plan for rationing care to veterans," he wrote.
 


VA Region Stops Referring Patients To Outside Hospitals Thanks To Budget Shortfall
Michael Volpe Contributor ...According to a memo — the entire region has been forced to stop all “non-VA care” referrals due to a budget shortfall.
 

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OIG INVESTIGATES VA CHOICE PROGRAM PROBLEMS
Sen. Mark Kirk admitted the VA Choice Program is a failed joke in a letter to Secretary Bob McDonald despite attempts to fix it.
 

 
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2008 The VA Office of Inspector General,...conducted an inspection at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, NV, at the request of Congressman Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs... determine...allegations made by anonymous complainants...We substantiated that refurbished scopes were purchased and a scope broke... GI providers reused syringes...contaminated medication from vials...contracts were awarded to the GI provider group or that senior managers received kickbacks. ...recommended that a process be established to assure adequate inspection, maintenance, and replacement of patient care equipment.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Inspector General Healthcare Inspection
Gastroenterology Service Issues at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Las Vegas, Nevada

Report No. 08-01711-31 December 2, 2008
VA Office of Inspector General
Washington, DC 20420

To Report Suspected Wrongdoing in VA Programs and Operations
Call the OIG Hotline – (800) 488-8244
Gastroenterology Service Issues at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, Nevada

Executive Summary
The VA Office of Inspector General, Office of Healthcare Inspections conducted an inspection at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, NV, at the request of Congressman Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The review was done to determine the validity of a number of allegations made by anonymous complainants regarding the system’s gastroenterology (GI) services.

We substantiated that refurbished scopes were purchased and a scope broke during a GI procedure. However, we did not substantiate that: (a) the system had a high GI mortality rate, (b) nurses experienced retaliation for reporting substandard practices, (c) a GI provider was permitted to forgo documentation in VA patients’ medical records, (d) GI providers reused syringes or exposed veterans to contaminated medication from vials while contractors of the system or (e) lucrative contracts were awarded to the GI provider group or that senior managers received kickbacks. We were unable either to substantiate or refute that GI equipment was improperly sterilized.

We recommended that a process be established to assure adequate inspection, maintenance, and replacement of patient care equipment. We recommended that controls be established to monitor and track all VA-owned equipment that is repaired by community vendors. We also recommended that when an employee recognizes Government property loss or damage, the employee promptly notifies the supervisor, who then notifies VA police. Additionally, we identified that VA acquisition regulations were not followed after the contract with the GI provider group expired in 2006.

We made three recommendations to ensure that the system takes actions to comply with the regulations pertaining to services provided by non-VA entities. The VISN and System Directors agreed with our findings and recommendations and submitted appropriate action plans. We will follow up on the planned actions until they are completed.

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