Atlanta VA Medical Center officials are taking action to correct mismanagement in the facility’s mental health unit, but more needs to be done, members of a congressional delegation said Monday after visiting the Decatur hospital.
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Troubles at VA Medical Center
Three recent reports have cited problems at the 405-bed facility in Decatur
— Two audits by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs linked the deaths of three veterans over two years to mismanagement in the mental health unit. Among its findings: the wait list for mental health treatment skyrocketed from 53 to 397 patients from 2011 to 2012; and many of the 4,000 patients referred to outside mental health facilities were not properly tracked and “fell through the cracks.”
— In the third report, inspectors from The Joint Commission, which accredits health care facilities, found instances of missing medications, improperly stored or cleared equipment, imcomplete patient treatment plans, and lack of process for determining if doctors are competent to do certain procedures. The report also cited numerous physical facility issues.