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U.S. Fails to Protect Workers in Antarctica

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 31, 2011

“I am in the mercy of Liberty Mutual right now,” Pacheco said.

by Sophia Tewa 219 Magazine

An unusual man, David Pecheco decided at the age of 50 that he wanted to live the rest of his life in the treacherous South Pole, his wife Tina by his side. In October 2003, he took a job as a journeyman plumber and moved to the McMurdo Station in the southernmost tip of Antarctica, the hub of the United States’ scientific research efforts in the region.

The thrill didn’t last long.  On the morning of January 28, 2007, David Pacheco was sent to an empty building to drain and put antifreeze on pipes without knowing that the electricity was still on. When the water slashed out of the pipes, it conducted two lines of 277 volts throughout his body.

He flew 20 feet in the air. For a minute his heartbeat stopped.

When his supervisors finally arrived, it took them an hour and a half to turn off the electricity.

After several years of physical therapy for brain and nerve damage, Pacheco is still not expected to fully recover. Liberty Mutual, Raytheon’s insurance and worker’s compensation carrier, didn’t give total disability compensation and never paid his medical expenses. When he tried to seek compensation, he learned the hard way that American labor laws barely apply in the secluded world of Antarctica.

Hundreds of injuries have occurred in Antarctica since 2001, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, but only three cases have been reported to the U.S. Department of Labor. This, despite the fact that Antarctic contract employees are entitled to special insurance benefits under the Defense Base Act laws and contract companies are required to report all injuries to the Department of Labor. But Raytheon Polar Services (RPSC), the company hired to run the U.S. Antarctic program, failed to comply with the law.

Since employees are technically always on their job site, any injury even off-duty or recreational should be covered by RPSC’s insurance carrier Liberty Mutual. But it doesn’t always happen. The average worker’s comp cost per injury is $13,261. Liberty Mutual managed to reduce claims by about $1.2 million in 2002, Raytheon reported.

Liberty Mutual, Raytheon’s insurance and worker’s compensation carrier, never paid Pacheco’s $14,000 New Zealand hospital bill.  In the United States, the Pachecos were left to pay for most of their medical expenses. They’re now $20,000 in debt on credit cards.

“I am in the mercy of Liberty Mutual right now,” Pacheco said.

Please read the entire story here

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Dropping the DBA Ball, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Liberty Mutual | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Security Contractor, Adam M Carney, dies from apparent heart attack in Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 31, 2011

Midview Grad working in Afghanistan dies of heart attack

Adam M. Carney always wanted to help others, even in unstable and dangerous environments.

A 1995 Midview High graduate, the 34-year-old died Monday night of an apparent heart attack while working as a private security contractor in Afghanistan to train the country’s police force.

“That was all he talked about his whole life,” his mother, Wanda, said Wednesday as she and his father, Michael, drove to Atlanta where Carney lived. “He just loved to help people. And he was drawn to the excitement of the work. He liked that it was different all the time.”

Carney, who is survived by two young children, his parents and two brothers, had worked in Afghanistan for a private security contractor for the past 18 months. A former Navy firefighter and Atlanta police officer, he woke up early Tuesday morning and felt ill, according to his mother.

“He went to the (Army) base hospital and was later airlifted to a German hospital (in Afghanistan) where he was pronounced dead,” Wanda Carney said.

Please read the entire story here

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DynCorp International Mourns the Loss of LOGCAP Team Member

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 30, 2011

March 28, 2011 The DI family is mourning the loss of Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) team member Angela Kiti of Nairobi, Kenya, who was killed on March 27, 2011 during a rocket attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Ms. Kiti, 26, joined the team as a billeting coordinator on February 2, 2011.

“Every one of our team members who leaves the comforts of his or her home in order to help others around the world is a hero. Angela worked with our LOGCAP team in Kandahar and, sadly, is now part of a group of heroic individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while supporting coalition military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan,” said DI chairman and CEO Steve Gaffney. “We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts go out to all of Angela’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

Please keep Angela’s family, friends, colleagues and the entire LOGCAP team in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Dyncorp | Tagged: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

How far can you be sent to a Defense Medical Examination ?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 29, 2011

Coercion: the act of compelling by force of authority

Forcing an Injured Contractor to drive or fly far out their geographic area to go to Defense Medical Examinations which are falsely referred to as Independent Medical Examinations is among the most abusive tactics in the insurance companies arsenal.

They are often aided by the Department of Labor’s Claims Examiners going against their own rules and regulations.

ALJ Paul C Johnson even aided CNA by ordering that an injured contractor travel outside his geographic area.  Not because there weren’t plenty of doctors in this injured contractors area, just because CNA’s hired guns were not there.   The injured would lose his claim by not “obeying” this biased order.

What happens when the insurance company defies an order signed by an ALJ to provide medical to an injured contractor?  Nothing.  This is not to say that the order was his idea, we’ve never seen him award anything to anyone in a decision.

It is so blatantly obvious why the insurance company does not simply hire a doctor in the injured contractors geographic area for an unbiased second medical opinion.  They are hiring expert witnesses who will provide them with a report in their favor then provide testimony that will back them up if necessary.

Longshore Procedure Manual

e. The Employee shall submit to any special examination as may be requested by the employer at such place as is designated by the DD but at a place reasonably convenient to the employee.

(See section 7(d) of the Act and 20 C.F.R. sections 702.403 and 702.410.)
20 CFR 702.403 - Employee’s right to choose physician; limitations.
The employee shall have the right to choose his/her attending physician from among those authorized by the Director, OWCP, to furnish such care and treatment, except those physicians included on the Secretary’s list of debarred physicians. In determining the choice of a physician, consideration must be given to availability, the employee’s condition and the method and means of transportation.
Generally 25 miles from the place of injury, or the employee’s home is a reasonable distance to travel, but other pertinent factors must also be taken into consideration.

Injured Contractors have been flown or told they had to drive from as far as five and six states away to see AIG’s Fabulous Four Defense Medical Examiners in Houston or they would lose their claim.

Many of them traveled to see the notorious Dr John Dorland Griffith because their attorney told them they had to.

Threatening an injured contractor with the loss of benefits due them under the Defense Base Act if they do not travel unreasonably to see the insurance companies defense medical examiner/expert witness amounts to Coercion under any legal definition.

Worse, many  injured contractors are not being provided necessary medical by these companies while being coerced into traveling to see these whores.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Defense Medical Examinations, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, OALJ, Racketeering | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Defense Base Act Coverage for US Government Contractors Working in Japan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 25, 2011

OWCP News Release March 24, 2011

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, various agencies of the United States may utilize the services of private contractors to provide humanitarian and other assistance as part of the global relief effort there. Workers for such private contractors are covered under the Defense Base Act (DBA) (except for certain specified instances where the Department of Labor has granted a waiver). Agency contracting personnel and private contractors should ensure that the proper DBA insurance is in place before workers are deployed overseas.

The Secretary of Labor may waive the application of the Defense Base Act for any contract, work location, or class of employees upon the written request of the head of any department or other agency of the United States. However, even when a waiver is granted, DOL conditions the waiver such that it does not exempt from DBA coverage citizens of the U.S., legal residents of the U.S., or employees hired in the U.S .

The Department of Labor has granted the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State (DOS) a DBA waiver for contracts for work performed in Japan.

The Department of Labor has not granted a DBA waiver to any other US government agency for work performed in Japan. All non DOD and DOS contractor employers with employees deployed in Japan must purchase DBA insurance coverage for those employees.

6. Is Radiation Exposure covered under DBA ?

Yes, the DBA covers all injuries, occupational diseases, or infections that arise out of or result from employment exposures. An injury or illness causally related to radiation exposure is covered under the DBA, even if the medical condition is not diagnosed for many years after the employment. In order to qualify for benefits, the employee is required to establish employment under a US government contract, that he was harmed by the employment, and that the employment conditions were such that they could have caused the harm.

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Toxic Exposures | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Private Military Contract Facilities to Be Inspected

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 22, 2011

Courthouse News

WASHINGTON (CN) – Defense Department facilities, infrastructure and equipment provided by private military contractors such as KBR, DynCorp, and Fluor Corporation, overseas, are to be inspected for safety and habitability, under rules adopted under the National Defense Authorization Act.
According to the rules, prior to use, the facilities should be “brought into compliance with generally accepted standards for the safety and health of personnel to the maximum extent practicable consistent with the requirements of military operations and the best interests of the agency.”
Contracts will require compliance with the Unified Facilities Criteria 1-200-01 to meet generally accepted standards for fire protection, structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, water treatment, waste disposal, and telecommunications networks.
The rules apply to each contract, including task or delivery orders, entered into for the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, or operation of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment for use by Defense Department military or civilian personnel.
The rules were effective in 2010, in temporary form, and have now been adopted permanently.

Please see the original and document here

Posted in Burn Pits, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Dyncorp, KBR, Toxic Exposures | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

KBR Truck Driver Johnny Smith dies from IED blast in Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 20, 2011

Contractor Killed in Iraq from MsSparky

March 20, 2011

Sadly, another truck driver has lost his life while supporting our troops. I don’t have a lot of information on this yet but was told truck driver Johnny “High Stepper” Smith died in Germany from injuries he received when the truck he was driving hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Iraq.

I was told Johnny worked out of Q-West and Mosul.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers.

I will update this post with more information as I receive it.

Please see the original here

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What KBR really knew about the chemicals at Qarmat Ali

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 18, 2011

Thanks to MsSparky for letting us crosspost

In the ongoing legal battle being waged by several State National Guard Units, this video is pretty typical of what I’ve seen of KBR testimony about the role they played in exposing US and British soldiers, US and local civilians to deadly at . You can watch more disturbing deposition testimony HERE. I am listing the people giving depositions in the order they appear in this DoyleRaizner video.

As far as I’m concerned, someone or several someones need to be going to prison for murder, assault and treason!
1. – KBR engineer who led team conducting April 2003 environmental/safety assessment of Qarmat Ali – Testimony from :53-2:29 of video
2. – Former Corporate Health Safety & Environmental (HSE) Manager – Testimony from 2:45-3:16 of video
3. – KBR Chief Contract Negotiator – Testimony from 3:20-6:08 of video
4. – KBR Contract Attorney – Testimony from 6:09-7:00 of video
5. – KBR Head of Security – Testimony from 7:19-8:03 of video
6. – KBR Environmental Engineering Manager – Testimony 8:08-8:42 of video
7. Mary Wade – KBR Chief Contract Negotiator – Testimony from 8:49-9:46 of video
8. – Former Commander of the – Testimony from 9:47-10:52 – Lt. Col James Gentry, 52 died on November 25, 2009 of his illness contracted from exposure to hexavalent chromium at Qarmat Ali.

Yes, this is a re-post “back by popular demand.” I want to personally thank McKenna Long & Aldridge for introducing me to the website ChangeDetection.com, what a great web tool, thanks for sharing!

See the original at MsSparky

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, KBR, Political Watch, Toxic Exposures | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Defense Base Act Insurance Company CNA’s TPA Private Investigator/Interrogator in South Africa: From SpyKids to Double Agent

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 9, 2011

Since this was posted Injured Contractors “covered” by CNA in South Africa have been intimidated, had their lives threatened, and their family members have been threatened.

 

South African Injured Contractors want to know:

“Since when is it ok for honest injured contractors suffering from “TBI” AND “PTSD” plus others who lost legs and arms and even eyes to be investigated by criminals and people who served terrorist dictators????

According to those SA Injured Contractors we’ve spoken with this double agent has promised them

“the world, the stars and the moon, even telling them that he will see that they get better and higher amounts for mileage traveled than what CNA are currently paying”

All an attempt to placate them while CNA continues to screw them over.

Well at least they hired a professional liar and thug this time.

Kevin Woods Convicted Murderer

Were you forced to deal with this man in an attempt to get your Defense Base Act Benefits?

All three were serving life prison sentences and several attempts have been made, to get them earlier released, a violent one by the apartheid South African government in 1988 and Nelson Mandela as well as Thabo Mbeki have pleaded with Robert Mugabe, to pardon them, Mandela on a state visit in 1997 and Thabo Mbeki on several occasions after he became President.

Frequently they have been described as political prisoners and Peter Stiff described them as the last POW’s (Prisoners of War) of the South African Conflict in his book Warfare by other Means.

But were they really political prisoners or POW’s?

Let’s have a look at their past.

All three had been recruited after Zimbabwe became independent in 1980 into Project Barnacle that was later renamed Civil Cooperation Bureau, an apartheid South African death squad, that can take credit for countless extra judicial killings inside and outside South Africa.

They were recruited by a former Rhodesian police officer by the name of Brian, his correct name was Gary Branfield.

Branfield was also responsible for the planning of the terror attack on Gaborone on 14th June 1985. He died two years ago as mercenary in Iraq

He formed a murder squad in Zimbabwe involving only Zimbabwean citizens.

The group, codename Juliet, consisted of

- Kit Bawden, ex Rhodesian Soldier, gang leader -

- Michael Smith, Ex Rhodesian soldier, born in Bulawayo, who after Zimbabwe’s independence served for a short while in apartheid South Africa’s terror and destruction gang, called Reconnaissance Commando. He then returned to Zimbabwe and served as farm manager in Chikari.

- Barry Bawden, cousin of Kit Bawden

- Guy Bawden, brother of Kit Bawden

- Kevin Woods, former officer in the Special Branch of the British South Africa Police

- Philipp Conjwayo, former British South Africa Police officer, not member of the inner circle of that group, apartheid also here.

All of them were united by their hatred for black majority rule and their admiration for apartheid South Africa.

Their first task was the murder of Oliver Tambo, ANC president with a car bomb, while Tambo was attending a ceremony at the Heroes acre in Harare.

The plan was later abandoned for unknown reasons.

Next came the attempted assassination of Jeremy Brickhill on 13th October 1987.

Brickhill was a journalist and apartheid enemy. Pretoria decided, that he has to be murdered.

Guy Bawden planted a bomb under Brickhill’s car, when it was parked at a shopping center and detonated it. Brickhill survived that assassination attempt, albeit with severe injuries, His abdomen was ripped open, his left leg and hip severely injured and he had to undergo several operations first in Harare and then London and remained permanently disfigured and disabled. Eighteen people nearby were also injured.

Next came apparently the kidnapping and smuggling of an ANC cadre by the name of Jabulani to South Africa.

This was followed by a bomb attack on an ANC safe house in Bulawayo on 11 January 1988.

This attack was specifically hideous, as the gang including Philipp Conjwayo recruited an unsuspecting Malawian jobseeker, Obert Mwanza, to drive the bomb loaded car to the ANC house and hoot at the gate.

This was the signal for Kevin Woods and Kit Bawden for the remote detonation of the car from a safe distance. Mwanza died, one ANC man was severely injured.

The Zimbabwean police arrested Woods, Smith, Conjwayo and Guy and Barry Bawden. Except for Guy Bawden they were all sentenced to death in November 1988, later on the Supreme Court converted it to life imprisonment.

Guy Bawden was charged for the attempted assassination of Jeremy Brickhill, however the Police could not prove it, he was released on medical grounds in 1990.

Kit Bawden managed to escape to South Africa.

That was, however, not the end to it.

The CCB decided, even before they were convicted, to free them.

Again this plan was cooked up by Major Brian, who never appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, assuming, that he could get away with all of it.

They recruited a white Zimbabwean army pilot by the name of Gary Kane. The plan was, to attack the prison van, that was ferrying the prisoners from the prison to the court, free the prisoners and pick the whole party up with a helicopter to be stolen by Gary Kane.

Part of the ground attack party was assembled in Namibia, later on reassembled and supposed to drive via Kazungula border post from Botswana into Zimbabwe.

Here everything went wrong, for them as their car was searched and they try to flee.

The Botswana police managed to arrest one guy by the name of Sammy Beahan, he was deported later on to Zimbabwe and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The other part of the attack party, who had entered Zimbabwe from South Africa ran into problems as well, the stolen Helicopter picked them up and they managed to escape to Redcliff, where a South African plane was waiting for them, however not before shooting and severely injuring a 11 year old girl, who was watching them out of curiosity.

Were they political prisoners? Certainly not.

They were simply mercenaries, Zimbabweans killing foreign freedom fighters or their supporters and on the payroll of a foreign country.

They were given later on South African citizenship, before the apartheid government went out of office.

Now the buck was passed on to the new South African government, to look after them as well.

Mugabe was right not to release them on the request of Nelson Mandela, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Thabo Mbeki.

Nobody could have blamed him, if he would not have pardoned them now.

A few quotes on Kevin Woods:

He is a cowardly killer, capable of shooting anyone in the back.

Woods is a snivelling coward. He should answer for the murder of Eric Roberts – he is no hero.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Medical Examinations, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Follow the Money, Injured Contractors, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, PTSD and TBI, spykids | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

War Hazards Act pays Insurance Companies more for expenses than to Claimants for compensation

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 9, 2011

“Over the past six years  (does  not include 2010) under the WHCA,
the federal government has paid more in reimbursements to insurers for expenses
$19.7 million
than it has paid in compensation to claimants
$12.1 million”
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There is evidence that the current process, in which the federal government identifies WHCA claims after they have been paid as DBA claims and then reimburses insurers for claim and administrative costs, results in the federal government paying significant amounts that do not go directly to claimants.
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Over the past six years under the WHCA, the federal government has paid more in reimbursements to insurers for expenses ($19.7 million) than it has paid in compensation
to claimants ($12.1 million).
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There is also evidence, including testimony provided by DBA and WHCA claimants at a 2009 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, that in some cases, claimants with injuries that clearly fall under the statutory requirements of the WHCA must first navigate procedural and other requirements of their contractors’ DBA insurers before their cases are eventually transferred to DOL.
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In some cases, DBA insurers controvert claims or oppose specific benefits for claims that are likely to end up at the DOL under the WHCA. Under the current system, insurers have the right and responsibility to investigate all claims and controvert or oppose claims and benefits they feel are not their responsibility or that fall outside of the DBA.
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However, this can cause delays for claimants, including claimants with clear WHCA cases that will eventually be paid by the DOL.
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Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, DBA Attorneys Fees, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Follow the Money, Hope that I die, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, War Hazards Act | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Troops have 10 more days to get stop loss benefits

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 7, 2011

If you served before becoming a contractor or know someone who did you may want to pass this on.

By Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post  March 7, 2011

Veterans and service members who had tours of duty extended between Sept. 2001 and Sept. 2009 have 10 more days to apply for one-time hardship pay.

Veterans and their beneficiaries may apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay until March 18, the Pentagon announced last week. Congress extended the program as part of the two-week continuing resolution.

Eligible service members may submit a claim to their military service and receive $500 for each full or partial month served in Stop Loss status, or the involuntary extension of a tour of duty.

Pentagon officials estimate about 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries are eligible to receive the payments, but only about 78,000 have done so thus far.

Interested, eligible individuals should visit http://www.defense.gov/stoploss for more information.

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Corrupt Legal System sounds familiar

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 5, 2011

So what have you learned as a legal intern?

Posted in Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Follow the Money, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Racketeering | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

CNA, AIG, ACE Ignore the PTSD Family

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 5, 2011

“To see the man inside the trauma,

to think that love can overcome what war has rendered,

to be the enemy of the man who professes to love you …

it is a hard, hard love to have.

It is isolating beyond anything I have ever experienced.

The men have the VA.

The spouses have nothing.

And yet we are the ones who contend with the effects of PTSD daily.

The children have to deal with the effects.

It’s a disease of the family, and it ruins lives.”

Jana Studelska to the Duluth News Tribune

Increasingly PTSD in  Active duty and Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is being acknowledged and they are receiving help. Families are sent to counseling as well.

The Defense Base Act Insurance Companies are ruining entire families with their reckless denials of diagnoses, treatment, compensation.

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Hope that I die, Injured Contractors, PTSD and TBI, Veterans Affairs | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Count of Veteran Patients with PTSD from Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Hits Record High

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 2, 2011

An unknown number of these are contractors who are Veterans and are being denied PTSD screening, diagnoses, and treatment by CNA, AIG, ACE, Defense Base Act Insurance Companies.  Some Contractors who are also Veterans qualify for limited help from the Veteran Administration.

Veterans for Common Sense March 2, 2011

VA Report Obtained by VCS Using FOIA Reveals 182,147 OEF/OIF Veterans Treated for PTSD

December 2010, Washington, DC – Veterans for Common Sense used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the following VA report counting the number of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Please note the counts are seven months old.

Title: “VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans Coded with Potential PTSD through 4th Qtr FY 2010″

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested VA to enumerate the total number of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans who were diagnosed with PTSD by VISN and VAMC using VA inpatient and outpatient records. GAO also requested that this information be aggregated with Vet Center utilization data. VHA prepared an initial report in October 2004 for health care utilization during FY 2004. This current report covers VA health care data for FY 2002 through 4th Qtr FY 2010….

A query of VHA health care utilization databases using the August 2010 DMDC separation roster yielded a total of 167,295 OEF/OIF Veterans coded with PTSD at a VA medical center and 39,174 Veterans who received Vet Center service for PTSD. Of these, 142,973 were seen only at a VAMC, 14,852 only at a Vet Center, and 24,322 were seen at both facilities.

In summary, based on the electronic patient records available through September 30, 2010, a grand total of 182,147 OEF/OIF Veterans were seen for potential PTSD at VHA facilities following their return from Iraq or Afghanistan Theater

Posted in Delay, Deny, Hope that I die, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Insurance Companies Stripping Medical Records

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 2, 2011

“Several stories detail possible fraud or questionable actions practiced by at least several major insurance carriers, but ignored and unpunished by regulators.

The WFAA-TV series has revealed how some insurance companies send peer review doctors medical files “stripped” of records important to the possible approval of workers’ comp claims.

Those peer review doctors who routinely deny care receive lucrative contracts, while those who approve care fail to be rehired.”

Thanks to Barry for putting this together with links at

Deadly Insurance Companies Organized Crime

WFAA revealed that the Texas Workers Comp Commissioner was a former insurance company lobbyist, and when he denied that WFAA showed his lobbyist business card !!!! HE LATER RESIGNED !!

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Medical Examinations, Follow the Money, Hope that I die, Political Watch, Racketeering | Tagged: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

 
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