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About jcolwell

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  1. Agree with all of you. More heads to roll but most already have that life time pension in place. I think each and every veteran is responsible for demanding timeless in care. Today my husband is at a private dentist getting his teeth fixed after many many years. I had to contact an advocate who wanted to get an attitude with me , but I helped her get over that attitude and request me a outside dentist due to long waits. She even did all the paper work over the phone. Approved in 24 hours. My husband would not push back on timeliness but I did it for him and got what I needed. My next target is
  2. Now , lets see if they use it . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2014 VA Demonstrates New Telehealth Scheduling System to Veteran Service Organizations New software system intended to improve Veterans Access to Care WASHINGTON Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) met today with Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) at the Washington VA Medical Center for a hands-on demonstration and discussion about VAs telehealth programs and services. The hands-on demonstration included a presentation of VAs new Clinical Video Telehealth scheduling software which launched last
  3. Relax and enjoy your deserved compensation for your loss of heath. My husband feels exactly the way you do and I keep reminding him what he gave us health wise . It is interesting the guilt many vets feel after success. it will get better. Take care . patsy
  4. Husband been getting dental care at Phoenix VA since July 2014. The office staff and dentist are great. He told us he would have my husband teeth done by Xmas. Well we aren't done and next appointment is Dec 23rd. being a spouse and RN ( husband said sometime a bitch ) who does not understand the word NO, I was told no referral would be given to out side VA for dental . I contacted patient advocate at Phoenix VA , who agreed to email PCP and dentist at VA and sure enough got a call this am that I will be called Monday with by outside appointment to fix my broken teeth. I did drop the words wai
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    That is great news. Great feeling enjoy and spend wisely. Jim
  6. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2014 VA To Make Phoenix Whistleblowers Whole WASHINGTON Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), working closely with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), has successfully resolved whistleblower retaliation complaints filed by three individuals from Phoenix. At VA, we take whistleblower complaints seriously and will not tolerate retaliation against those who raise issues which may enable VA to better serve Veterans, said McDonald. We depend on VA employees and leaders to put the nee
  7. Local AZ republic Newspaper today reports that senator J McCain VA representative was notified of the issues atlocal VA prior to CNN and national media getting involved. His person did not respond and has refused interviews with media. I am angry because this is the same person we ask to help us on our VA claim twice in past and really did nothing but send a canned letter to RO. Based on the reporters info Mc Cain and office did nothing. I have lived in AZ for over 40 years and have always supported this man for his great service. It is so disappointing to find out that a senator in Florida Mi
  8. This list probably will give you all an idea of who at PHX is looking for a job. Their salary is first and the bonus they got is the second figure. They have not released the exact list yet but these title make me think they may be in the pile. JC Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System FISCAL YEAR 2013 BONUSES Learn More At: OpenTheBooks.com TOTAL FY2013 PAID BONUS: $337,885 Source: Freedom of Information Act Request, Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C. Employee Job Title Salary Bonus HELMAN, SHARON M HEALTH SYSTEM ADMIN $169,900 $9,345 PITTS, DIANE R GENERAL BUSINESS AND
  9. I read the whole report and yes I see some well deserved Jail time for some of the people at the top and at the mid level for unethical practices. The nurse
  10. No more Veterans to run a complex medical organization. I believe they need a private large health care leader such as Kaiser, Banner Health etc to come in and deal with the VA issues . I like S he served well and he is a devoted vet and I am sorry he got let go ..but lives are at stake. He was a great military leader but does not mean he can run a complex medical organization like the VA hospitals. PC
  11. Hey all, here in Phoenix. Husband just needed a script renewal for his Metaforim for DM2. Called the clinic and the PA wanted to see him before he would ok script. I have told this idiot ( I am a RN ) that the nephrologist had done labs in May and that he wanted him to continue the med for now and that he would let my spouse know when to stop it. The PA wants lab done every 3 months ( what a waste for those who really need it ) we refused.... The VA said he needed to come in and see the PA and get labs every 3 months etc. I told them there is 1700 vets waiting for appointments and we did not w
  12. Lazy employee who are not competent and have no interest in becoming competent in helping anyone at any time. They have jobs for life. I would love to know the turnover rate at these VA hospital and clinics . No one every leaves or quits why would they .......... The good apples are there but hard to find them in the barrel.
  13. In the private hospital world the hospital is responsible to follow-up to make sure burial occurs for any patient or even babies within a certain period of time. Veterans are not allowed to be buried in a paupers grave. We had a policy that every week we contacted the funeral home or whoever to see if burial had occurred and we kept this process up until it was addressed which might take a month but not years. We were also required to make all attempts via letters to any known last family address to find the next of kin. I know there is a VA reg that does not allow a veteran to be buried as a
  14. John, good points. Having worked in private hospital and role in hospital utilization and case mg, we had so much trouble getting VA to pay the hospital. If vet came to ER and it was emergency we would treat and admit them even to ICU and worry in the am about money. I had to call the VA every day asking them if they had a open bed for the Vet so we could transfer patient to them. We logged every call we made in this effort. If they could not take patient back in transfer then we did bill VA and used our log as evidence and we got paid. They complain etc but we finally made them cough us the $
  15. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced the change Saturday. He says VA facilities are enhancing their clinic capacity to help veterans get care sooner. In cases where officials cannot increase capacity at VA centers, Shinseki says the agency is "increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care." The VA is facing allegations that veterans have died while awaiting treatment at VA centers, and that employees have falsified appointment re
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