|Title:||Review of Alleged Waste of Funds at VHA's Madison VA Medical Center|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Audits and Evaluations
The Office of Inspector General received an allegation regarding the potential waste of funds at the Madison VA Medical Center (VAMC), located in Madison, WI. The complainant alleged that the facility had purchased a laser lead extractor in 2012 for about $1 million and never used it. The complainant also alleged that the facility spent approximately $125,000 on a robot to distribute supplies that could not operate autonomously within the hospital and installed a patient lift for about $2,500, despite staff stating that they did not need it and would not use it. We substantiated the allegation that the Cardiology department did not use the laser lead extractor. We found that the facility did not purchase but leased this device at a cost of about $100,000. Even though the laser lead extractor had been on hand for nearly two and a half years, the Cardiology department was unable to use it because of operating room space utilization and staffing issues. Instead, the Cardiology department sent veterans to non-VA facilities to have the procedures performed. We determined that the VAMC officials involved in the decision to lease the device did not ensure the lease of the laser lead extractor was the most cost-effective approach for extracting pacemaker and defibrillator leads.