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Investigations into allegations of misconduct at the Cincinnati VA have led the Veterans Administration to take action against two senior officials in Cincinnati.  WCPO.com has been following the story and Editor-in-Chief Mike Canan is here to give us the latest on the story.

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The Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center is under twin investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its inspector general.

The men and women who serve in our military, and their families,  face a variety of challenges and changes in their lives, during active duty time and after service members return from deployment and reintegrate back into more normal routines.

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The Cincinnati VA Hospital and its clinics are apparently in the clear when it comes to problematic wait times.

Director of Public Affairs Denise Kerr says, "The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs notified our facility that we appropriately addressed flagged issues and were removed from the list of facilities that had issues related to the audit."

At one point last summer the Cincinnati VA had wait times of 45 days. That has now been reduced to 24 days for new primary care patients. In addition, there are new policies in place.

Military veterans are invited to an open forum at the Cincinnati V-A Medical Center today to sound off and ask questions about V-A health care.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. today in the first floor auditorium of the medical center at 3200 Vine Street in Corryville.

Cincinnati VA spokesperson Denise Kerr says similar forums are being held this month at VA health care facilities around the country, at the direction of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, the former  CEO of Proctor & Gamble.

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

The Cincinnati VA Hospital is responding to claims made by a whistleblower that the medical facility allegedly manipulated data to make it appear patients were being seen quicker than they actually were. The whistleblower's claims are among dozens being investigated nationwide and the list is growing.

Cincinnati VA says no evidence of any deliberate hiding of wait times

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman said he thinks most Ohio veterans are getting good care, but he’s still concerned about the scandal over patient delays and falsified waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics across the country. Ohio’s Republican Senator toured a VA center in Columbus Friday, and said he got a good report on what’s happening there.

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

The new equipment at Cincinnati's VA Medical Center, costing millions of dollars, is an expansion of the radiology department. The latest CT Scanner features faster imaging and less radiation, and an MRI comes complete with a more powerful magnet. The Interventional Radiology Room uses three dimensional tools.