The VA’s Secret Hospital Rankings


The most disturbing part of the story, however, was a revelation about the VA hospitals most closely associated with its secret waitlist scandal. (Bear in mind that veterans seeking medical treatment at those facilities were placed on secret lists that hid how long they were waiting to receive treatment, while VA administrators and supervisors used the VA’s official waiting lists to claim bonuses for meeting the VA’s goals for providing speedy service.) Not only were those hospitals ranked lowly at the time the scandal became public, but their performance rankings have not improved despite the Obama administration’s highly public show that it was fixing the VA’s problems.

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