External review: Baldwin did not sit on Tomah VA report
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A report commissioned by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office blames her constituent services team for mishandling a report on overmedication problems at a Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, but also acknowledges that senior staff members made mistakes.
The review, done by Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, found that Baldwin's office ineffectively communicated constituent concerns about the Tomah hospital, but did not intentionally sit on the report. Baldwin's office released the findings Friday.
Baldwin says she takes responsibility and her office will do better.
The Tomah facility came under scrutiny in January when reports of narcotic overprescribing and retaliatory behaviors surfaced. The hospital is under investigation by the VA, the VA Office of the Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration.