JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The director of Mountain Home Health Care System is now talking about an audit by the Veterans Administration.
Director Charlene Ehret tells us no patient has died waiting for care in their facilities, but many veterans need assistance in the Knoxville area. Patients from Knoxville are coming to Johnson City for treatment, which is increasing their wait times.
Ehret says the increased wait times for specialists, like optometrists and audiologists, are because veterans are guaranteed that care and patients are getting older.
According to the Associated Press, that audit ranked the Mountain Home VA in Johnson City ninth in the nation for one of the longest wait times for new patients who need specialist care. The wait time is 67 days.
In Johnson City, no patients are on the mental health waiting list.
Ehret also tells us they have not used any false data like the nationwide audit claimed happened at some facilities.
News 5 WCYB's Lyndsey Price will dig deeper into this report tonight on News 5 starting at 5:00 p.m.