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VA Spina Bifida Program: Outreach to Key Stakeholders and Written Guidance for Claims Audit Follow-up Activities Needed
GAO-14-564: Published: Jun 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2014.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides information and updates on covered health care services to beneficiaries enrolled in its spina bifida program, but has conducted limited outreach with key stakeholder organizations. VHA provides information on health care benefits to enrolled beneficiaries through the program website, for example. However, VHA h...
Military Sexual Trauma: Improvements Made, but VA Can Do More to Track and Improve the Consistency of Disability Claim Decisions
GAO-14-477: Published: Jun 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has taken several steps to improve decision-making on disability claims involving military sexual trauma (MST) and to rectify past errors. In 2011, VBA began assigning MST-related claims to adjudicators with expertise in complex cases and required them to receive MST-specific training, such as on the broade...
VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access, Oversight, and Data Problems That Hinder Veterans' Ability to Obtain Timely Outpatient Medical Care
GAO-14-679T: Published: Jun 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014.
GAO's ongoing work examining the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) process for managing outpatient specialty care consults has identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care. GAO has found consults—requests for evaluation or management of a patient for a specific clinical concern—that were not processed in accordance with...
VA Real Property: Action Needed to Improve the Leasing of Outpatient Clinics
GAO-14-300: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2014.
Schedules were delayed and costs increased for the majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) leased outpatient projects reviewed. As of January 2014, GAO found that 39 of the 41 projects reviewed—with a contract value of about $2.5 billion—experienced schedule delays, ranging from 6 months to 13.3 years, with an average delay of 3.3 years. The large majority of delays occurred prior...
VA Health Care: VA Lacks Accurate Information about Outpatient Medical Appointment Wait Times, Including Specialty Care Consults
GAO-14-620T: Published: May 15, 2014. Publicly Released: May 15, 2014.
As GAO previously reported in its testimony on April 9, 2014, its preliminary work examining the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) management of outpatient specialty care consults identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care, as well as limitations in the implementation of new consult business rules designed to standardize...
VA Education Benefits: VA Should Strengthen Its Efforts to Help Veterans Make Informed Education Choices
GAO-14-324: Published: May 13, 2014. Publicly Released: May 13, 2014.
Selected schools used various practices, from mass advertising to individual outreach, to recruit and inform prospective student veterans. Eight of nine schools GAO interviewed reported advertising in print or online media dedicated to military audiences. Most of the nine schools contacted veterans directly by phone or email, sometimes with military-focused recruiters, to provide information on be...
VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access Problems That May Delay Needed Medical Care for Veterans
GAO-14-509T: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
GAO's ongoing work examining VHA's management of outpatient specialty care consults identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care, as well as limitations in the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) implementation of new consult business rules designed to standardize aspects of the clinical consult process. For example, for 4 o...
VA Surgical Implants: Shortcomings in Implant Purchasing and Tracking
GAO-14-271T: Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.
GAO's work at four VAMCs found that these VAMCs did not always follow VHA requirements for documenting open-market purchases of surgical implants. Specifically:None of the four VAMCs fully complied with VHA requirements for obtaining waivers required for open-market purchases of surgical implants because they were focusing on other priorities or lacked awareness of the requirements, among other fa...
VA Surgical Implants: Purchase Requirements Were Not Always Followed at Selected Medical Centers and Oversight Needs Improvement
GAO-14-146: Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.
Clinicians at the four Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) GAO visited said that patient need and their clinical expertise were the main factors influencing their decisions of which surgical implants to use. Also, clinicians in certain specialties said they typically used one of the implants available on VA-negotiated national committed-use contracts, which generally establish a...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Processes Used to Address Providers' Actions That Contribute to Adverse Events
GAO-14-55: Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers GAO visited did not adhere to certain policy elements of the protected peer review process, and monitoring by VA's Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is limited. According to policy issued by VHA, protected peer review may be used by VA medical centers (VAMC) when there is a need to determine whether a provider's actions associated with an...