Pennsylvania VA workers say they falsified scheduling

Sunday, August 3, 2014

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Some schedulers at a  Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs facility say they falsified scheduling information, even though an audit gave the facility good marks for service.

Congressional information released last week shows nearly one-fourth of the schedulers at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center told auditors they were told to falsify scheduling dates for veterans' medical appointments.

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 Altoona medical center, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh, is one of roughly 100 VA centers where auditors found scheduling problems in the wake of a national scandal.

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