Some VA Hospital Execs Received Nearly $400K In Bonuses

(Washington, DC) -- Department of Veterans Affairs documents show executives at dozens of VA hospitals received nearly 400-thousand dollars in bonuses last year. Those execs worked at VA facilities now facing claims of long patient care delays and falsified appointment records. The VA gave out a total of nearly three-million dollars in extra pay to its top officials in 2013.
The agency stopped giving out executive bonuses earlier this year. The practice was halted over concerns the money may have led VA hospital executives to tell schedulers to change records on how long veterans were waiting to get appointments with doctors. VA hospitals' records on patient wait times are part of what determines the size of a VA hospital executive's bonus.