'The New York Times story is false': Roseburg VA responds to story on admission practices

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ROSEBURG, Ore. - Roseburg Veterans Administration Health Care System officials dispute a story published in The New York Times alleging the facility had a practice of "turning away complicated patients and admitting only the lowest-risk ones in order to improve metrics."

"The New York Times story is false," Shanon Goodwin, the Roseburg VA's Public Affairs Officer, said in an email (full statement below). "The answer is that it’s not manipulating data, but rather basing admissions decisions on the actual clinical capabilities of the facility."

The Times article by reporter Dave Phillips, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting, tells the story of Walter Savage, an 81-year-old Air Force veteran who visited the Roseburg VA's emergency room in December.

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