Podcast Archive

Produced by the VA OIG the podcast features staff interviews that provide context and perspective for a better understanding of the OIG's oversight work.

Episode 84: Veteran Oversight Now - SAR 86 and October 2021 Highlights

Inspector General Michael Missal sits down to discuss the VA OIG's 86th Semiannual Report to Congress with host Fred Baker, and cohost Adam Roy provides highlights of the OIG activities over the past month.

Episode 83: September 2021 VA OIG Monthly Highlights

Host Adam Roy wraps up the OIG's activities in Fiscal Year 2021 with the September Highlights podcast.

Episode 80: Deficiencies in Inpatient Mental Health Care Coordination and Processes Prior to a Patient’s Death by Suicide, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri

Dr. Amber Singh joins Meggan MacFarlane to discuss the January 2021 report titled, Deficiencies in Inpatient Mental Health Care Coordination and Processes Prior to a Patient’s Death by Suicide at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Episode 81: Deficiencies in Care and Administrative Processes for a Patient Who Died by Suicide, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Arizona

Dr. Terri Julian and Dr. Amber Singh sit down and discuss the OIG report on Deficiencies in Care and Administrative Processes for a Patient Who Died by Suicide in Phoenix, Arizona published in early 2021.

Episode 82: VA OIG August 2021 Monthly Highlights

Host, Adam Roy, brings you up to speed on the top OIG activities from August 2021.

Episode 79: Challenges for Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators and Culture of Safety Considerations

Dr. Terri Julian and Director Sami Cave join the podcast and discuss the recently published report, Challenges for Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators and Culture of Safety Considerations.

Episode 78: Failures in Care Coordination and Reviewing a Patient’s Death at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Utah

Our healthcare inspections team discuss the report, Failures in Care Coordination and Reviewing a Patient’s Death at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in Utah, that was published in July 2021.

Episode 77: VA OIG July 2021 Monthly Highlights

Host, Adam Roy, discusses the top OIG activities from July 2021.

Episode 76: Use and Oversight of the Emergency Caches Were Limited during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our Audits and Evaluations team discuss the recently published report, Use and Oversight of the Emergency Caches Were Limited during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 75: Emergency Preparedness for VHA Telemental Health Care

Associate Director Laura Tovar and Healthcare Inspector Tammy Wood discuss the recently published OIG report, titled Deficiencies in Emergency Preparedness for Veterans Health Administration Telemental Health Care at VA Clinic Locations Prior to the Pandemic.

Episode 74: VA OIG June 2021 Monthly Highlights

Host, Adam Roy, discusses the top OIG activities from June 2021.

Episode 73: VA OIG May 2021 Highlights

IG Michael Missal discusses the healthcare inspection related to the multiple homicides at VA medical center in Clarksburg, West Virginia and the recently published Semiannual Report to Congress covering OIG’s activities from October 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021

Episode 72: Drug Interactions Related to a Patient Death at the Marion VA Medical Center in Illinois

Valerie Lumm, Associate Director within the VA OIG joins Hanna Lin, a Healthcare Inspector, to discuss the recent report, "Drug Interactions Related to a Patient Death at the Marion VA Medical Center in Illinois."

Episode 71: VA OIG April 2021 Highlights

Host, Adam Roy, discusses the top OIG activities from April 2021.

Episode 70: VA OIG Team Reflects on PRAC Healthcare Subgroup Work

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General recently collaborated with other inspector general offices as part of the federal government’s response to the ongoing pandemic.

Episode 69: VA OIG March 2021 Highlights

Inspector General Missal joins host Adam Roy in this March 2021 highlights podcast.

Episode 68: Deficiencies in Care and Excessive Use of Restraints for a Patient Who Died at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia

Deficiencies in Care and Excessive Use of Restraints for a Patient Who Died at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia

Episode 67: Medication Delivery Delays Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic at the Manila Outpatient Clinic in Pasay City, Philippines

Medication Delivery Delays Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic at the Manila Outpatient Clinic in Pasay City, Philippines

Episode 65: VHA’s Virtual Primary Care Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

VHA’s Virtual Primary Care Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic March 2020

Episode 66: VA OIG February 2021 Highlights

February 2021 Monthly Highlights

Episode 64: VA OIG January 2021 Highlights

January 2021 Monthly Highlights

Episode 63: Nurse Staffing Shortages at the Community Living Center within the San Francisco VA Health Care System

Nurse Staffing Shortages at the Community Living Center within the San Francisco VA Health Care System

Episode 62: Management and Oversight of the Electronic Wait List for Healthcare Services

Management and Oversight of the Electronic Wait List for Healthcare Services

Episode 61: VA OIG December 2020 Highlights

December Monthly Highlights

Episode 60: Healthcare Inspection: Deficiencies in Pharmacy and Nursing Processes at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans

Healthcare Inspection: Deficiencies in Pharmacy and Nursing Processes at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans

Episode 58: Semiannual Report To Congress #84

IG Michael J. Missal discusses the VA OIG’s 84th Semiannual Report to Congress

Episode 56: VA OIG September 2020 Highlights

September Monthly Highlights

Episode 55: OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2020.

OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2020.

Episode Pittsburgh_Podcast_Woltemath_Lin_20200914: Deficiencies in Evaluation, Documentation, and Care Coordination for a Bariatric Surgery Patient at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania

Deficiencies in Evaluation, Documentation, and Care Coordination for a Bariatric Surgery Patient at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania

Episode 20200709-50 Coatesville VA Medical Center: Deficiencies in the Administration of Emergent Mental Health Services at Coatesville VA Medical Center

Deficiencies in the Administration of Emergent Mental Health Services at Coatesville VA Medical Center

Episode 20191219-41 VA OIG November 2019 Highligts: VA OIG November 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for November 2019.

Episode 20191106-40: VA OIG October 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for October 2019.

Episode 20191003-39: VA OIG September 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for September 2019.

Episode 20190913-38: VA OIG August 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for August 2019.

Episode 20190829-37: Deficiencies in Discharge Planning for a Mental Health Inpatient Who Transitioned to the Judicial System from a Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 Medical Facility

The OIG’s Dr. Terri Julian and Dr. Elizabeth Winter discuss the findings in the OIG’s recent report Deficiencies in Discharge Planning for a Mental Health Inpatient Who Transitioned to the Judicial System from a Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 Medical Facility.

Episode 20190808-36: VA OIG July 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for July 2019.

Episode 20190729-35: VA OIG June 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for June 2019.

Episode 20190430-34: VA OIG April 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for April 2019.

Episode 20190328-33: VA OIG March 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for March 2019.

Episode 20190320-32: Review of Hepatitis C Virus Care

The OIG’s David Vibe, Glenn Schubert, and Dr. Patrice Marcarelli discuss the Veterans Health Administration’s treatment of hepatitis C and the use of new direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C.

Episode 20190314-31: Falsification of Blood Pressure Readings

The OIG’s Vickie Coates and Dr. Thomas Wong discuss how two providers at VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics recorded false blood pressure readings in patient medical records. They cover the importance of recording vital signs as the first steps in a medical appointment and the proper protocols when a patient has elevated blood pressure recordings.

Episode 20190305-30: VA OIG February 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for February 2019.

Episode 20190207-29: VA OIG January 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for January 2019.

Episode 20190117-28: VA OIG December 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for December 2018.

Episode 20181213-27: VA OIG November 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for November 2018.

Episode 20181127-26: Healthcare Inspection Review of Two Mental Health Patients Who Died by Suicide, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

The OIG’s Dr. Alan Mallinger and Lauren Olstad discuss the quality of mental health care provided to two patients at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Madison, Wisconsin, and the benefits, concerns, and controls necessary to use psychiatric clinical pharmacists for mental health care supervised by psychiatrists.

Episode 20181031-25: VA OIG October 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for October 2018.

Episode 20181016-24: Illicit Fentanyl Use and Urine Drug Screening Practices in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Bath VA Medical Center, New York

OIG staff discuss the findings and recommendations from the report Illicit Fentanyl Use and Urine Drug Screening Practices in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Bath VA Medical Center, New York. The report addressed concerns regarding illicit fentanyl use and urine drug screening (UDS) practices at the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), Bath VA Medical Center, New York.

Episode 20181003-23: VA OIG September 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for September 2018.

Episode 20180906-22: VA OIG August 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for August 2018.

Episode 20180823-21: VA OIG Strategic Plan

Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s new strategic plan. The plan outlines our goals and objectives in promoting the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of VA’s operations and describes the strategies that will advance our efforts to deter fraud, waste, and abuse.

Episode 20180802-20: VA OIG July 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for July 2018.

Episode 20180710-19: VA OIG June 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for June 2018.

Episode 20180614-18: OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2018

Subject matter experts Sami O’Neill, Dr. Robert Yang, and Nathan McClafferty discuss the OIG’s latest OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages report. The report identifies self-reported gaps in clinical and nonclinical occupations at VA medical centers. The report also identifies challenges to meeting staffing goals and recommends development of a new staffing model that identifies and prioritizes staffing needs at the national level while supporting flexibility at the facility.

Episode 20180607-17: Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress that chronicles the OIG’s oversight of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs between October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018.

Episode 20180531-16: VA OIG May 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for May 2018.

Episode 20180514-15: Assessment of VA Protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation and Pension Examinations

Dr. Terri Julian, Dr. Robert Yang, and Ms. Sami ONeill discuss the findings and recommendations in the OIG’s Healthcare Inspection—Review of Montana Board of Psychologists Complaint and Assessment of VA Protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation and Pension Examinations.

Episode 20180503-14: VA OIG April 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for April 2018.

Episode 20180402-13: VA OIG March 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for March 2018.

Episode 20180313-12: Audit of Medical Support Assistant Workforce Management at the Phoenix VA Health Care System

Dr. Irene Barnett, Director of the Bedford, Massachusetts, OIG Audit Operations Division, discusses the findings and recommendations in the OIG’s Audit of Medical Support Assistant Workforce Management at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Episode 20180228-11: VA OIG February 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for February 2018.

Episode 20180222-10: Management of Disruptive and Violent Behavior in Veterans Health Administration Facilities

Julie Watrous, Director of the Healthcare Inspections Quality Improvement Program, discusses the finding in the OIG’s report – Management of Disruptive and Violent Behavior in Veterans Health Administration Facilities.

Episode 20180201-9: VA OIG January 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for January 2018.

Episode 20180125-8: Healthcare Inspection Patient Mental Health Care Issues at a Veterans Integrated Network 16 Facility

Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak and Senior Physician Dr. Alan Mallinger discuss the findings of the Healthcare Inspection – Patient Mental Health Care Issues at a Veterans Integrated Service Network 16 Facility.

Episode 20171231-7: VA OIG December 2017 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for December 2017.

Episode 20171206-6: VA OIG November 2017 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for November 2017.

Episode 20171128-5: VA OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, April 1 to September 30, 2017.

Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress that chronicles the OIG’s oversight of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs between April 1 and September 30, 2017. Pursuant to Public Law (P.L.) 95-452, Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, this report presents the results of the OIG’s accomplishments during the reporting period April 1, 2017–September 30, 2017.

Episode 20171102-4 *Updated: Patient Death Following Failure to Attempt Resuscitation, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Interview with Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak about Healthcare Inspection - Patient Death Following Failure to Attempt Resuscitation, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Episode 20171107-3: VA OIG October 2017 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for October 2017.

Episode 20171002-2: VA OIG September 2017 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for September 2017.

Episode 20170922-1: Interview with VA Inspector General Michael Missal

Interview with VA Inspector General Michael Missal about his nearly first year and a half in office, recent changes in the VA OIG, where the OIG is focusing oversight efforts in the future to increase efficiency in VA programs and operations, and how the OIG is meeting its Mission, Vision and Values.

Episode 20170921-0: Opioid Prescribing to High-Risk Veterans Receiving VA Purchased Care

Interview with Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Healthcare Inspections Dr. Julie Kroviak about Healthcare Inspection - Opioid Prescribing to High-Risk Veterans Receiving VA Purchased Care