In this episode of Veteran Oversight Now, Deputy Inspector General David Case and Dr. Joe Etherage, director of national reporting for the Office of Healthcare Inspections, discuss three recent reports on VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Program. Plus this episode includes the VA OIG’s highlights for February 2022.
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In this episode of Veteran Oversight Now, Dr. Julie Kroviak, deputy assistant inspector general for healthcare inspections, discusses her journey from medical student to VA doctor to leading teams conducting oversight of VHA. She introduces the new vet center inspection program, detailing how VA OIG will inspect roughly 300 vet centers over the next few years. This month’s episode concludes with the VA OIG’s highlights for January 2022.
In this month’s Veteran Oversight Now podcast, host Fred Baker talks with Special Agent in Charge Latisha Cleveland about the VA OIG’s new Healthcare Fraud Division.
Kelli Toure, associate director of mental health programs, and Nhien Dutkin, mental health system specialist, discuss two recent reports on deficiencies in the management of the veterans crisis line.
Dr. Amber Singh joins VA OIG Mental Health Specialist Nhien Dutkin to discuss the two critical reports: Deficiencies in Mental Health Care Coordination and Administrative Processes for a Patient Who Died by Suicide and Deficiencies in the Management of a Patient’s Reported Intimate Partner Violence.
Inspector General Michael Missal sits down to discuss the VA OIG's 86th Semiannual Report to Congress with host Fred Baker, and cohost Adam Roy provides highlights of the OIG activities over the past month.
Dr. Amber Singh joins Meggan MacFarlane to discuss the January 2021 report titled, Deficiencies in Inpatient Mental Health Care Coordination and Processes Prior to a Patient’s Death by Suicide at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Terri Julian and Dr. Amber Singh sit down and discuss the OIG report on Deficiencies in Care and Administrative Processes for a Patient Who Died by Suicide in Phoenix, Arizona published in early 2021.
Dr. Terri Julian and Director Sami Cave join the podcast and discuss the recently published report, Challenges for Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators and Culture of Safety Considerations.
Our healthcare inspections team discuss the report, Failures in Care Coordination and Reviewing a Patient’s Death at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in Utah, that was published in July 2021.
Our Audits and Evaluations team discuss the recently published report, Use and Oversight of the Emergency Caches Were Limited during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Associate Director Laura Tovar and Healthcare Inspector Tammy Wood discuss the recently published OIG report, titled Deficiencies in Emergency Preparedness for Veterans Health Administration Telemental Health Care at VA Clinic Locations Prior to the Pandemic.
IG Michael Missal discusses the healthcare inspection related to the multiple homicides at VA medical center in Clarksburg, West Virginia and the recently published Semiannual Report to Congress covering OIG’s activities from October 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021
Valerie Lumm, Associate Director within the VA OIG joins Hanna Lin, a Healthcare Inspector, to discuss the recent report, Drug Interactions Related to a Patient Death at the Marion VA Medical Center in Illinois.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General recently collaborated with other inspector general offices as part of the federal government’s response to the ongoing pandemic.
Deficiencies in Care and Excessive Use of Restraints for a Patient Who Died at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia
Medication Delivery Delays Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic at the Manila Outpatient Clinic in Pasay City, Philippines
Nurse Staffing Shortages at the Community Living Center within the San Francisco VA Health Care System
Healthcare Inspection: Deficiencies in Pharmacy and Nursing Processes at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans
OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2020.
Deficiencies in Evaluation, Documentation, and Care Coordination for a Bariatric Surgery Patient at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania
Deficiencies in the Administration of Emergent Mental Health Services at Coatesville VA Medical Center
The OIG’s Dr. Terri Julian and Dr. Elizabeth Winter discuss the findings in the OIG’s recent report Deficiencies in Discharge Planning for a Mental Health Inpatient Who Transitioned to the Judicial System from a Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 Medical Facility.
The OIG’s David Vibe, Glenn Schubert, and Dr. Patrice Marcarelli discuss the Veterans Health Administration’s treatment of hepatitis C and the use of new direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C.
The OIG’s Vickie Coates and Dr. Thomas Wong discuss how two providers at VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics recorded false blood pressure readings in patient medical records. They cover the importance of recording vital signs as the first steps in a medical appointment and the proper protocols when a patient has elevated blood pressure recordings.
The OIG’s Dr. Alan Mallinger and Lauren Olstad discuss the quality of mental health care provided to two patients at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Madison, Wisconsin, and the benefits, concerns, and controls necessary to use psychiatric clinical pharmacists for mental health care supervised by psychiatrists.
OIG staff discuss the findings and recommendations from the report Illicit Fentanyl Use and Urine Drug Screening Practices in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Bath VA Medical Center, New York. The report addressed concerns regarding illicit fentanyl use and urine drug screening (UDS) practices at the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), Bath VA Medical Center, New York.
Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s new strategic plan. The plan outlines our goals and objectives in promoting the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of VA’s operations and describes the strategies that will advance our efforts to deter fraud, waste, and abuse.
Subject matter experts Sami O’Neill, Dr. Robert Yang, and Nathan McClafferty discuss the OIG’s latest OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages report. The report identifies self-reported gaps in clinical and nonclinical occupations at VA medical centers. The report also identifies challenges to meeting staffing goals and recommends development of a new staffing model that identifies and prioritizes staffing needs at the national level while supporting flexibility at the facility.
Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress that chronicles the OIG’s oversight of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs between October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018.
Dr. Terri Julian, Dr. Robert Yang, and Ms. Sami ONeill discuss the findings and recommendations in the OIG’s Healthcare Inspection—Review of Montana Board of Psychologists Complaint and Assessment of VA Protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation and Pension Examinations.
Dr. Irene Barnett, Director of the Bedford, Massachusetts, OIG Audit Operations Division, discusses the findings and recommendations in the OIG’s Audit of Medical Support Assistant Workforce Management at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Julie Watrous, Director of the Healthcare Inspections Quality Improvement Program, discusses the finding in the OIG’s report – Management of Disruptive and Violent Behavior in Veterans Health Administration Facilities.
Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak and Senior Physician Dr. Alan Mallinger discuss the findings of the Healthcare Inspection – Patient Mental Health Care Issues at a Veterans Integrated Service Network 16 Facility.
Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress that chronicles the OIG’s oversight of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs between April 1 and September 30, 2017. Pursuant to Public Law (P.L.) 95-452, Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, this report presents the results of the OIG’s accomplishments during the reporting period April 1, 2017–September 30, 2017.
Interview with Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak about Healthcare Inspection - Patient Death Following Failure to Attempt Resuscitation, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Interview with VA Inspector General Michael Missal about his nearly first year and a half in office, recent changes in the VA OIG, where the OIG is focusing oversight efforts in the future to increase efficiency in VA programs and operations, and how the OIG is meeting its Mission, Vision and Values.
Interview with Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak about Healthcare Inspection - Opioid Prescribing to High-Risk Veterans Receiving VA Purchased Care