Committee Approves Sweeping Vets Home Audit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's audit committee has approved a sweeping review of conditions at a veterans nursing home in northeastern Wisconsin.

The push to look into conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King has intensified since the Capital Times published a story in August raising questions about substandard care, medical errors and staffing shortages.

The committee voted unanimously Wednesday to order the state auditor to analyze the number and needs of residents over time; complaints about care; compliance with state and federal regulations for nursing homes; staffing levels and training; revenue trends; and fund transfers from the state veterans homes' surplus.

State Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos told the committee before the vote that he welcomed the audit, saying it will show the King facility is one of the best in the country.

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