VA's Disgraceful Handling of Vets in Nursing Homes Revealed--Again!

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    How does this continue to go on without massive public outrage?

    Feds find 'blatant disregard' for veteran safety at VA nursing home, already among the nation's worst

    Staffers at the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Brockton, Massachusetts – rated among the worst VA nursing homes in the country – knew this spring they were under scrutiny and that federal investigators were coming to visit, looking for signs of patient neglect.

    Still, when investigators arrived, they didn’t have to look far: They found a nurse and a nurse’s aide fast asleep during their shifts. One dozed in a darkened room, the other was wrapped in a blanket in the locked cafeteria.

    The sleeping staffers became a focal point of a new, scathing internal report about patient care at the facility, sparked by a nurse’s complaint that veterans were getting substandard care, according to a letter sent late last month to President Donald Trump and Congress by the agency that protects government whistleblowers.

    “We have significant concern about the blatant disregard for veteran safety by the registered nurses and certified nurse assistants,” agency investigators wrote in a report about the 112-bed facility. The Brockton facility is a one-star nursing home, the lowest rating in the agency’s own quality ranking system.


    List of VA nursing homes and their ranking nationwide:

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    The Brockton whistleblower, licensed practical nurse Patricia Labossiere, complained to a federal whistleblower agency, the Office of Special Counsel, earlier this year after supervisors ignored her alerts, she said.

    “I am a no-nonsense nurse who took a vow to take care of patients,” said Labossiere, who quit in July. “We are there to be kind and treat others as we would want to be treated. I could not believe that this was how we treat the people that fought for our country.”

    Labossiere said she saw instance after instance of poor patient care at the facility within days after she started working there last December. She told the federal whistleblower agency that nurses and aides were not emptying the bedside urinals of frail veterans. Nurses failed to provide clean water at night and didn’t check on the veterans regularly, as required, she said. And they often slept when they were supposed to be working.

    She offered some specific examples: One patient was having trouble breathing because his oxygen tank was empty. Another fell – his feeding tube got disconnected and the liquid splashed onto the floor – and didn’t appear to have been monitored by staffers for hours.

    The VA investigators did not substantiate those specific allegations, saying the patient with the empty oxygen tank suffered no ill effects. Investigators couldn’t confirm that the patient who fell had been neglected because the records had been shredded “in accordance with the local policy.”
     
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    The V.A. home where my mom spent the last year of her life was fantastic. She could not have had better care and even she appreciated it.

    Sounds like that place in Brockton needs some different supervisors to go in and make sure folks are doing their jobs, doesn't it?
     
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    How can that be when pathological lying POS Tramp said he fixed it.
    From FOX no less:
    AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates VA gains in veterans speech
    A look at the claims and the reality behind them:

    TRUMP: "We passed Veterans Choice, the biggest thing ever. ... It has got to be the biggest improvement you can have. So now if you can't get the treatment you need in a timely manner, people used to wait two weeks, three weeks, eight weeks, they couldn't get to a doctor. You will have the right to see a private doctor immediately, and we will pay for it."

    THE FACTS: The care provided under the Choice program is not as immediate as Trump suggests, nor is it likely to be the "biggest thing" ever. Currently only veterans who endure waits of at least 30 days for an appointment at a VA facility are eligible to receive care immediately from private doctors at government expense, a standard that the VA is frequently unable to meet.

    Under a newly expanded Choice program that will take at least a year to implement, veterans will still have to meet certain criteria before they can see a private physician.

    A recent Government Accountability Report found that despite the Choice program's guarantee of providing an appointment within 30 days, veterans waited an average of 51 to 64 days. Pressed at his confirmation hearing last month, Wilkie declined to commit the VA to meeting the 30-day standard, pledging instead to push interim fixes and better training for VA schedulers to help speed appointments.

    It's also unclear whether the expanded Choice program will prove to be the "biggest thing ever." The new law gives the VA secretary wide authority to decide when veterans can bypass the VA, based on whether they receive "quality" care, but the program could be restricted by escalating costs.

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    TRUMP: "We're greatly expanding telehealth and walk-in clinics so our veterans can get anywhere, at any time, they can get what they need, they can learn about the problem and they don't necessarily have to drive long distances and wait. It's been a very big success."

    THE FACTS: It's not a success at all because it hasn't started.

    A new benefit giving veterans access to walk-in clinics such as MinuteClinics won't begin for another year, and the care won't always be freely provided "anywhere, at any time." Only enrolled veterans who have used VA health care services in the previous two years would be able to get care at private walk-in clinics. After two visits, veterans could be subject to higher co-payments charged by the VA.
     
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    <B>A Lucrative Business</B>

    Read this an it will make you sick. We need to quite blaming nurses and aides and blame the owners. This is our tax dollars, Medicare and Medicaid.
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    Braemoor Health Center is a modest nursing home in Brockton, licensed to care for 120 residents. But Larry Lipschutz, who owns the property, was able to wring $1.8 million in pay out of it last year, according to state records. His son, Avi “Zisha” Lipschutz, who holds the state license to run the nursing home, extracted nearly $900,000 from Braemoor as payments to a realty company and four management firms he owns.

    As the owners were taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of Braemoor, the nursing home racked up three and a half times as many health and safety problems as the state average, federal documents show.

    Now, a Globe investigation shows that as father and son were paying themselves handsomely, Synergy apparently provided false information when applying for nursing home licenses. The Globe’s review also found that Synergy and its affiliated companies assembled a string of 11 nursing homes with little state scrutiny of the backgrounds of top executives, including Larry Lipschutz, who faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines because of previous business dealings.…

    Consider Larry Lipschutz. He owns the Braemoor property and is part owner of eight other properties that house Synergy nursing homes in Massachusetts, but he does not hold the operating licenses.

    If regulators had been required to check his background, they might have discovered an arrest and tens of thousands of dollars in fines related to a tumble-down apartment complex called Branch Brook Gardens he owned in Belleville, N.J.

    Lipschutz, a native New Yorker, bought the 22-building development in 1993, and over the next decade ran the once-coveted property into the ground, said New Jersey state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, who helped tenants lobby for repairs.

    “There were broken windows, flooded areas, rats. It was unbelievable,” Caputo said.

    another article: 11 Nursing Homes to Avoid?
     
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    None of our elderly should be treated like this.
     
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    Lip's profits could have paid for ten Alzheimer's patient's costs for a year in Wisconsin nursing homes.
     

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