4 Tenn. VA facilities flagged for further review

4 Tenn. VA facilities flagged for further review

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Veterans Affairs facilities in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and McMinnville have been flagged for further review following a nationwide audit of the agency's troubled appointment process.

The audit of 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics around the country found that a 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients was unattainable given the growing demand among veterans for health care and poor planning. The VA has since abandoned that goal.

Tennessee facilities in Memphis, Johnson City and Nashville were unable to schedule appointments within 30 days for about 7,000 veterans, or 3 percent of the total.

Revelations of long wait times and falsified records forced the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last month.

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