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Yet Another VA Backlog: Months Of Neglected Medical Records Found At Memphis VA Hospital

TheDC Uncovers Another VA Backlog: Months Of Neglected Medical Records – Daily Caller

The Memphis VA Medical Center has yet another medical records backlog, The Daily Caller has learned – this one estimated at three to five months long.

According to the whistleblower, who provided the photo of this second set of medical records piling up at the Memphis VA Medical Center, the individual responsible for scanning in these records is Carnell Clark, an employee at the facility who is currently busy helping to catch up on a backlog TheDC exposed in June.

Sandra Glover, the spokeswoman for the Veteran Integrated Services Network 9, told TheDC the records are for “Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ‘flow sheets,’ also referred to as ‘work sheets,’ which contain real-time vital sign, input/output, and other pertinent information during the time a patient is in the ICU.” Veteran Integrated Services Network 9 includes the Memphis facility.

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According to a March 2014 Office of Special Counsel (OSC) complaint filed by another employee of the Memphis VA, the hospital has known about this problem – and an alleged cover-up – since at least that time.

“Two and a half months of inpatient stay flow sheets are missing and so far unaccounted for,” the complaint reads. “There are investigations going on and people are grouping up against each other. Even cover-ups are happening.”

In another portion of the OSC complaint, the employee accuses Clark of routinely not showing up for work, and accused then-head of Medical Records Department Brenda Jackson and her boss, David Huhman, of looking the other way.

“The employees have reported the allegation of theft of time (by Mr. Carnell Clark) to the business office chief Mr. David Huhman and the supervisor Brenda Jackson” The complaint reads. “The two allegations are serious, and it appears that nothing is going to be done about it.”

According to the whistleblower who supplied the photo, Jackson was replaced as head of the Medical Records Department at around that time. She was replaced because of an unrelated Equal Employment Opportunity complaint that was filed against her.

Jackson now works in a different department in the hospital, the whistleblower said.

In June, TheDC was supplied with a photo of another medical records backlog – that one was of medical records for outsourced medical procedures.

The new supervisor of the Medical Records Department is Rebecca England, and according to the whistleblower, England has approved overtime for Clark so he could help catch the department up on the other backlog.

According to the whistleblower, England took over after her position as the compliance officer was phased out.

The whistleblower said that England hasn’t been certified in medical records, and has no prior experience in medical records.

Glover said she hasn’t seen the OSC complaint, and said the records in question were for historical documentation purposes and didn’t affect patient care.

“Upon discharge from the ICU, the hard copy flow sheets are removed from the unit, taken to the appropriate file room, and scanned into the patient record for historical documentation purposes,” Glover said. “At no point do flow sheets have any impact on future or follow up care. They are used to aid in a patient’s care while still active on the Intensive Care Unit. Registered nurses enter summary data from the flow sheets into each patient’s computerized patient record system (CPRS) daily at the end of their shift while the patient is still on the unit.”

Glover said that the full patient history is available to any doctor upon request, if it hasn’t already been scanned into the system.

“The scanning process essentially duplicates the information with the actual forms that the nurse has already summarized and entered.”

TheDC’s whistleblower says Glover’s suggestion that the backlog isn’t affecting future patient care is spin, because doctors routinely rely on a patient’s entire medical history, including medical history generated in the ICU.

The whistleblower estimated that this backlog is three to five months.

A recent Veteran Administration Office of Inspector General report found that average wait times for initial appointments at the Memphis VA Medical Center are among the worst in the country, at more than fifty days.

TheDC also exposed that the same facility closed down an aqua therapy pool in 2011 – months after approving more than $1 million in bonuses.

The whistleblower asked to remain anonymous because they remain employed by the facility. TheDC’s whistleblower is the individual responsible for initially tipping TheDC off to the previous stories, both of which were eventually independently verified by the Memphis VA Medical Center.

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Another White Man Shot And Killed By Three Black Gangstahs, This Time In Memphis, TN

White Man Shot And Killed By Three Black Suspects In Memphis, Possibly In Retaliation For Death Of Trayvon Martin – Weasel Zippers

It also appears the authorities are trying to cover it up, does this sound like a “robbery gone bad?” The car drove past the victim, stopped and backed up, the suspect then exited the vehicle and shot the victim from 10 feet away, jumping back into the car and speeding off.

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Via The Blaze:

It’s a senseless murder you aren’t hearing about.

A young white male was walking to his car on a city street late at night on August 12 when he was confronted by a trio of black individuals. They shot him dead. Police have arrested three people and charged them with first degree murder. But some in the victim’s family can’t understand why the shooting is being called a failed robbery when they say the evidence suggests something possibly more sinister: a hate crime.

David Santucci, 27, had just started his new job as a nurse. According to his family, “he was an awesome guy… he wanted to be a missionary… he wanted to help people.”

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The murder happened in Memphis, TN less than two weeks ago. Santucci was killed by a single 9mm shot through his heart. To its credit, the Memphis police department apprehended the suspects in less than fifteen minutes. Various reports say that all three suspects made statements that implicated them in Santucci’s murder. And they’re calling it a robbery gone wrong. […]

In addition to the fact that Santucci was still in possession of his phone and wallet, Miguel says witnesses told police that the car drove past David, stopped and backed up. One of the suspects (Mario Patterson) got out of the car and walked toward Santucci, fired a shot and ran back to the car, jumping into the driver’s seat and speeding off. Miguel also says the police told him that the 9mm shell casing was found 10 feet from the body – an indication to him that the shooter was not at close range as would typically happen with a robbery.

Miguel told TheBlaze that he tracked the alleged shooter, Patterson through his Facebook account – an account now deleted. He said the page had numerous photos of Trayvon Martin, and he wondered if it’s possible the shooting was a revenge killing for the Zimmerman verdict.

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Memphis Faces Massive Mississippi River Flooding

Memphis Faces Massive Mississippi River Flooding – Washington Post

The combination of April deluges in the lower and mid-Mississippi river valley and melt from near-record winter snows farther upstream is leading to historic flooding of America’s largest river. In Memphis, the Mississippi is expected to crest around 48 feet next Wednesday, the second highest on record. 2,832 properties may be impacted and officials are telling residents to evacuate nearly 1,000 homes vulnerable to inundation.

Yesterday, the mighty river broke through a temporary levee in Memphis, submerging a downtown airport.

The 48 foot crest expected May 10 in Memphis would be second to only the great flood of 1937 when the river rose to 48.7 feet. And there is further trouble expected downstream. Jeff Masters at Wunderground writes:

…flood waters pouring in from the Arkansas River, Yazoo River, and other tributaries are expected to swell the Mississippi high enough to beat the all-time record at Vicksburg, Mississippi by 1.3’ on May 20, and smash the all-time record at Natchez, Mississippi by six feet on May 22, and by 3.2 feet at Red River Landing on May 23. Red River Landing is the site of the Old River Control Structure, the Army Corps’ massive engineering structure that keeps the Mississippi River from carving a new path to the Gulf of Mexico… Its failure would be a serious blow to the U.S. economy, and the great Mississippi flood of 2011 will give the Old River Control Structure its most severe test ever. Also of concern is the forecast for the Mississippi to crest at 19.5 feet in New Orleans on May 24. The levees in New Orleans protect the city for a flood of 20.0 feet – that is not much breathing room.

Headed back upstream, flood waters are receding where the Ohio River and Missippi intersect – the same location where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to blow up a levee to save the town of Cairo, Ill.

Our Amazing Planet reports on the outcome of the levee destruction:

The plan seems to have worked. Water at the point where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi has dropped 1.7 feet (0.5 meters) since the blasting, down from a record 61.72 feet (19 m)

Aside from the record in Cairo, two other locations along the Mississippi and its tributaries established new crest records including Caruthersivlle, Mo. and Pocahontas, Ar. (along the Black River).

The extraordinary flooding that has occurred in the middle part of the country is not entirely unexpected. In its spring outlook, the National Weather Service highlighted the potential for “record flooding” in the North Central U.S. As it turns out, the extreme flooding has occurred just south of that projection coinciding with the heaviest rains. For example, Memphis has received 11” of rain since April 25.

Both the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ms. and Memphis have developed websites with detailed rainfall forecasts, river stage and crest data, inundation maps, and road and safety information.

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