Frank forwarded a botched surgery US Today article to us about a one-star VA hospital in Memphis. Here is the link to the VHA called “a house of horrors.” By scrolling down to can read how many “stars” VHA rates its hospitals.
Limited VA hospital data is now included on Medicare’s Hospital Compare search (LINK).
VHA has approximately 50 percent of Veterans enrolled in the healthcare system who are eligible for Medicare and, therefore, have some choice in how and where they receive inpatient services.
Medicare lists but doesn’t give stars to VHA hospitals.
US News Best Hospitals annual reports offer another good place to gather information before surrendering your hurting body to hospital staff (LINK).
US News doesn’t say much to say about Memphis VHA either (LINK).
Well, the moral of the story Frank forwarded is to do some research if you know you need hospital services and try to pick the best one for your condition. If you are geographically far away from a VHA, you may have some good private choices, whether Medicare/VA dual enrolled or not. Even within the VA system, some hospitals do have excellent reputations with some conditions and you have the right to pick care elsewhere with your VA-PC’s referral. There might even be a Fisher’s House nearby for free and comfortable housing assistance (LINK) during your treatment period.
So I would review and compare hospitals in this order: the VA’s star system, the Joint Commission, US News report, and lastly Medicare. One can’t prevent all the horrible mistakes made by hospital staff but you may be able to lessen the risks with prior research during a non-emergency period.
A vet patient in Memphis VHA 2015 took some vids that ended up on Fox. One doesn’t want to end up in this kind of hospital bizarre–one where bonuses are/were still handed out! Click image to see his expose.