Clarksburg VA manipulated patient data

PARKERSBURG — Patient data was intentionally manipulated at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg to artificially reduce reported wait times and the volume of patient visits, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said in a press release.

A VA investigative report said a manager at the hospital over the last seven years attempted to influence nursing staff to place emergency patients in two unofficial clinics rather than record their emergency department encounter, a press release from the special counsel said.

The decision to create the clinics in the emergency department violated VA directives, prevented an accurate analysis of staff workload and gave the false impression that the Primary Care clinic had a greater workload and demand for services, the release dated Oct. 3 said.  Clarksburg VA manipulated patient data


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