The OIG conducted an inspection of the VAMC the week of January 11, 2016 on an anonymous complainant’s allegation regarding opioid management practices at the facility.
At the time of the complaint, John J. Pershing provided long-term opioid therapy to more than 1,300 veterans.
The OIG focused its inspection on 10 veterans specifically selected by the complainant and given to the OIG.
Among those 10 veterans receiving opiate prescriptions, the OIG concluded:
The John J. Pershing VAMC also provided a status update on those eight recommendations and requested they be “closed.”
Early in May, we told you about a doctor at John J. Pershing who claimed veterans weren’t getting the care they deserve at the VA medical center. Dr. Dale Klein said he was “banished to an empty room,” while still collecting a salary, after he voiced his concerns.
He was set to be terminated, but as of May 15, he reported back to work. According to his attorney, Natalie Khawam, the hospital sent him a letter saying he could go back to work and start seeing patients.
Khawam says Klein did report to work, but continues to not see patients.
Khawam says Klein doesn’t feel it is in the veterans best interest until the hospital can show it has made corrections, and is willing to get him the training he needs after not practicing medicine for more than a year.
Klein is also seeking a financial settlement from the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center. The details of that settlement are not being released.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to fully investigate the claims.