CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Every VA clinic in the country, including three right here in southwest Florida are facing an audit. The news comes as the Department of Veterans Affairs investigates dozens of deaths at a VA facility in Phoenix, AZ that many people are calling preventable.
A spokesman for Lee County's healthcare facility says patients will continue to get the care they need, and won't notice anything out of the ordinary.
Jason Dangle, with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, says:
At VA, our most important mission is to make sure Veterans know VA is here to care for them and provide the high quality care and benefits they have earned and deserve. Secretary Shinseki has directed the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to complete a nation-wide access review.
The purpose of this review is to ensure a full understanding of VA’s policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care. As part of the review during the next several weeks, a national face-to-face audit will be conducted at all clinics for every VA Medical Center (VAMC). This includes the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and our outpatient clinic locations.
At this time, the schedule for our system reviews has not been finalized. Like any review, we will fully cooperate and provide any information requested by the site review team. Regular health care operations will not be impacted by review activity in our facilities.
Our healthcare system is commonly reviewed by internal and external organizations to include The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, VA National Center for Patient Safety, Commission on Cancer, Office of the Inspector General and many more. We welcome these reviews – not only to showcase our health care operations and delivery, but also to identify opportunities for improvement.