Friday, June 5, 2015

Philly VA Used Psychics For Diagnoses

The affliction? Corruption.

"Government audit finds improper behavior at Philadelphia VA" Associated Press  May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in Philadelphia acted improperly when subordinates were charged money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings, resulting in personal profits for the spouse of one official, according to an audit released Thursday.

You don't need to be a psychic to see the rank-rot corruption and fetid hulk of a carcass that has become the AmeriKan government.

The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general adds to a growing list of mismanagement in the Philadelphia regional office.

It was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press.

Employees reported that Lucy Filipov, the assistant director in Philadelphia, hosted a party last June in which employees were charged $30 or more to attend, specifically for the purpose of having their fortunes told or receiving psychic readings of their deceased loved ones, the report said.

Did John Edward charge that much?

The IG reported that money was collected at the party and that Filipov gave it to the wife of Gary Hodge, director of the office’s pension management center, for the readings.

The IG said Filipov misused her position and that Hodge failed to report his wife’s financial gain on disclosure forms. It referred the matter to the Justice Department, which declined to take criminal action in favor of administrative discipline by the VA.

Who could have seen that coming, huh?


But you know who is going to fix the problem after years of festering neglect made them worse! Sanders and Congre$$ threw $17 billion at the problem and nothing has been fixed.

Also see:    

DEA Hosted Sex Parties For a Decade
Gulf Oil Overseer Sees Smoke From Pipe
Troubles at the TSA
Sex in the SEC
Pentagon Perverts
On Through the Night
It's Fun Working For the FAA

And let us not forget the secret service agents paying for sex in Colombia. 


Thankfully, the GSA is a good-steward:

They just called your name:

"In effort to fix woes in VA care, Moulton taps own experience; Ex-Marine tells of litany of gaffes" by Jessica Meyers Globe Staff  June 05, 2015

WASHINGTON – Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records.

“We’ll consider taking you as a humanitarian case,” a hospital staffer told Moulton, unaware that the would-be hernia patient was also a newly elected Massachusetts congressman.

Thus began Moulton’s frustrating experience with the Veterans Affairs health system, a personal sampling of a chronically troubled medical bureaucracy that has drawn complaints from veterans, demands for improvements from Congress, and multiple investigations. 

The VA is the reason I no longer want single-payer from this government. See what you get?

“If it wasn’t so sad, it would have been comical,” Moulton said in an interview as he recounted his VA odyssey.

Do I look like I'm f***ing laughing here?!!!!!!!!!

In addition to enduring missing records and computer glitches, Moulton said, he was prescribed the wrong medicine, which in his case did not imperil his health but is in the category of a medical error that can be extremely dangerous in some cases, even fatal.

I thought that was kind of important, yeah.

The VA refused to discuss Moulton’s case, citing patient privacy laws, even after Moulton gave the administration written and verbal authorization to do so.

Moulton’s encounter with the VA health system led to his first legislative initiative — a package of bills designed to strengthen training and recruitment of VA health care professionals.

A congressional physician tried to steer Moulton away from any Veterans Affairs hospitals when he showed up in the Capitol clinic, days before his Jan. 6 swearing-in ceremony, with a hernia that had resulted from weight lifting. The doctor didn’t know where a VA facility was located and suggested George Washington University Hospital — or anywhere else, Moulton said.


Do I really need to say anything else? The same people who lied these guys into war and wave the flag in our face at every chance have then turned around and neglected those very same troops.

His wasn’t the only warning. Members of Moulton’s platoon told their own horror stories, which they relayed to one another through Facebook chats. Moulton had also followed news reports of fumbled service.

But the Salem Democrat wanted to see how the VA treated patients, so he put himself forth as a sort of guinea pig — arriving at the Washington DC VA Medical Center a few miles north of the Capitol without announcing he was a congressman and without remembering his VA identification card.

I don't know him; however, this is what a Congressman should be doing.

He checked in, sat down in the waiting room, and listened to patients compare the length of their waits. Six hours. Seven. About half an hour into his own wait, an attendant came over to the 36-year-old and said the hospital couldn’t identify him as a veteran.

The VA staff could not find any record of his checkups at the VA hospital in Boston, Moulton said.

“There was a part of me that wanted to say, ‘Just Google me,’” Moulton said, from his Capitol Hill office strewn with books about the Middle East and photos of top US generals.

He kept quiet.

Employees did manage to reach the Boston hospital. Staff there offered to fax his information.

The two Washington workers looked at each other, according to Moulton’s retelling. They looked at the fax machine.

‘“Does that thing even work?’” Moulton recalls one asking.

The other man threw up his arms.

“I doubt it.”

Employees finally did get the records transferred, although Moulton doesn’t know how. It probably didn’t hurt that a congressional physician also called the VA hospital and then showed up unrequested to monitor the exam, Moulton said. The lawmaker said he lost track of time but estimated he waited an hour or two for the preliminary exam.

So he still got special treatment, this time for public relations purposes.

The congressional physicians’ office declined to comment, despite Moulton’s authorization to discuss his medical situation.

His outpatient surgery took place at the VA hospital several days later, after his pain-filled swearing-in ceremony. The operation went smoothly, and Moulton applauded the anesthesiologist and surgeon, who came in on a day she wasn’t scheduled to work.

“It’s the doctors themselves that are trying to step beyond the bureaucracy,” he said.

Then a more serious problem became apparent.

The medical center pharmacy was supposed to supply Moulton with periodic doses of Percocet, a painkiller, to ease the post-surgical pain. Moulton took one pill and sat down for a staff meeting in his new office. Still suffering, he decided he needed another and reached for the bottle. He looked down at the pill in his fist. It was Advil, a weaker painkiller than Percocet.

Moulton called the hospital. The pharmacy was closed.

“The really sad part is, at this point, they did know I was a congressman, so I was probably getting far better care than the average patient at the VA,” Moulton said. “And yet they still sent me home without the proper medicines I needed after surgery. The system truly is broken and needs to be fixed.”

And it will take decades. Took decades to create, and no end to the wars in sight.

Gwendolyn Smalls, a Washington DC VA Medical Center spokeswoman, confirmed Moulton’s visit and said it takes “any allegation seriously.” She said privacy laws prevent officials from commenting further.

“Our primary concern is providing quality health care to our nation’s heroes, and Representative Seth Moulton is certainly deserving of that care,” she said.

I guess if you keep saying it to yourself, keep regurgitating the government line, keep denying the mess in front of your face, you can say such things with a straight face. Must be an idiosyncrasy of government; either that, or they just don't give a damn. Their hair is on fire and they stand there and claim they can't smell or see the smoke.

The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the largest integrated health care system in the country and serves more than 8 million patients. Supporters point to the thousands who receive expert operations and quality medical assistance, often out-performing private organizations.

Yeah, right, they are doing great work. Better than the hospitals and Boston I'll bet.

But issues within the sprawling system of 152 medical centers continue to reinforce an image of severe mismanagement. Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in May 2014 after reports revealed employees’ attempts to cover up excessive wait times and delayed care in medical facilities from Phoenix to Fort Collins.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a criminal investigation the next month into the department and the president signed legislation into law in August intended to speed up appointments and fund reforms. 

Blah blah f***ing blah!!!!!!!

Moulton’s story did not surprise the Marines from his platoon, who correspond almost every day through their Facebook group.

“Everybody has got their own [story],” said Nick Henry, 31, who served with Moulton and now lives in California. Henry suffers from recurring back pain. He needs to see a physical therapist in the system to get chiropractic care, but the first available appointment is two months away.

“Somebody described it to me once: You need to know the right handshake to get things through,” he said.

Yeah, you gotta be part of the big club (talk about channeling spirits)!

Moulton’s package of bills seeks to improve the quality of VA hospitals through stronger recruitment efforts, training scholarships, and the expansion of a student loan repayment program for health care workers. Any changes would take funding from existing programs.

These bills, a small patch in the VA’s gaping hole of bureaucratic problems, could struggle to gain traction amid the priorities of more senior members. But they establish a career focus for the new congressman and tie him to a high-profile bipartisan cause with which he is personally familiar.

OMG! They cite veterans every time they are pushing the myths, but their issues are on the back burner in a small pan!

Moulton used a Red Sox broadcast on Memorial Day weekend to call for improved veteran care.

They suck, and I'm finally enjoying watching baseball again. Lot of empty seats in the park, though.

He acknowledges the bills make incremental changes but considers them a starting point.

“If the VA can’t take care of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans today, it’s going to get far, far worse,” he said. “Nothing makes up for the failures.”

Why? What other invasions or military actions are being planned? What other wars are we going to be getting into?

Moulton plans to remain a patient at the VA — all the better to monitor its risks and progress.

Good luck.



"Arlington burial out for Guardsman.... His father, a former Army major and Green Beret, calls the burial rejection ‘‘a slap in the face. My son died in uniform and deserved to be buried at Arlington,’’ said Stephen Florich, of King George, Va., about 45 miles south of Arlington Cemetery. He said he has received support from military veterans and government leaders."

VA helped him get a foot in the grave.