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Editors,

The Veterans Affairs department has released an audit of its 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics. Here are the AP's upcoming plans around the audit.

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WASHINGTON — More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for medical appointments, and another 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks after enrolling in VA health care over the past decade, the Veterans Affairs Department says in its widest audit yet. Thirteen percent of schedulers reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment schedules to make patient waits appear shorter. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m., to be updated with 7:30 p.m. House hearing, 850 words by 9 p.m., photos, video, audio.

— VETERANS-HEALTH-CARE-GLANCE — Steps VA has taken to address scandal over long patient waits, falsified appointments records. SENT: 300 words.

— VETERANS-HEALTH-CARE-LONGEST-WAITS — A list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care, according to audit results. SENT: 270 words.

— VETERANS-HEALTH-CARE-(State) — Separates are moving on the state wires looking at the situation on a state-by-state basis.

NOTE: Our data team has converted the VA's database from its internal audits into the sortable spreadsheet; this should be helpful to members trying to extract their own local stories. The information is available from local chief of bureaus.

PHOTOS

WX101— Phoenix Veterans Health Care facility.

More photos planned, including a Town Hall in Phoenix.

VIDEO

US-VA New Patients — A Q&A with print reporter Matt Daly. UPCOMING: About 5 p.m.

INTERACTIVE

VETERANS HEALTH — Shows national figures and hospital-specific data on wait times. UPCOMING: About 5 p.m.

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