The Department of Veterans Affairs said it is evaluating a report by its inspector general that some part-time physicians at VA medical centers are not working their scheduled shifts but still are being paid for them, possibly costing the agency millions of dollars. In testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA Inspector General Richard Griffin discussed findings at six VA centers, including one instance in which a surgeon worked three hours but was paid for 250 hours. The six centers that were reviewed are in Birmingham, Ala., Hines, Ill., Little Rock, Ark., Nashville, San Diego and St. Louis. "Finding (such behavior) in six geographically dispersed centers indicates there are systemic problems," VA Deputy Secretary Leo MacKay Jr. said. MacKay said the department was considering steps to solve the problem. -- by Tony Fong
Some part-time docs may be cheating VA: report
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