Inspector General report critical of ex-Montana VA chief of staff, leadership

The Department of Veteran Affairs’ Office of Inspector General on Tuesday released a report stating the former chief of staff at the Montana VA Health Care System in Helena practiced without privileges when providing pregnancy care for a patient during her second and third trimesters.

The 70-page report, “Chief of Staff’s Provision of Care Without Privileges, Quality of Care Deficiencies, and Leaders’ Failures at the Montana VA Health Care System in Helena,” also found deficiencies in leaders’ oversight, resulting in failure to detect quality of care concerns and take action on those concerns, which presented risks to patient safety.

Montana VA at Fort Harrison put out a news release Tuesday shortly after the report was posted, saying from Jan. 7, 2022, through June 22, 2022, the Office of Inspector General received four complaints regarding then-Chief of Staff Dr. J.P. Maganito, which included the allegations:

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