MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on a Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing on launch a review of conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King (all times local):

3 p.m.

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.


1:30 p.m.

The head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs is telling legislators he welcomes a review of conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

DVA Secretary John Scocos told the Joint Legislative Audit Committee during a hearing Wednesday that he welcomes an audit to underscore accomplishments at the home and promised that care at the home is “solid.”

The committee was expected to authorize an audit of the home at the end of the hearing. The push to look into conditions at the home has intensified since the Capital Times published a story in August raising questions about substandard care, medical errors and staffing shortages.

Scocos said he was sad to see such allegations in the media but stressed the home is among the best veterans facilities in the nation.

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12:25 p.m.

Wisconsin’s chief auditor is suggesting a broad review conditions at the state’s largest veterans home, including staffing levels and regulatory compliance.

State Auditor Joe Chrisman submitted documents to the Legislature’s audit committee during a hearing Wednesday suggesting that a review of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King could look at staffing levels, compliance with state and federal regulations, complaints about standards of care, revenue trends and how the state Department of Veterans Affairs monitors conditions at the home.

The committee planned to vote on authorizing the audit and its scope at the end of the hearing.

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


9:20 a.m.

A legislative committee is planning to hold a hearing on whether to order a review of conditions at Wisconsin’s largest veterans home.

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee was set to convene the hearing on the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King at noon on Wednesday in the state Capitol. The panel was scheduled to vote on whether to authorize an audit at the conclusion of the proceeding.

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

Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesman has said the claims will be investigated as part of a review by the state Department of Health Services’ Division of Quality Assurance.