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VA Disability Benefits: Additional Planning Would Enhance Efforts to Improve the Timeliness of Appeals Decisions
GAO-17-234: Published: Mar 23, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2017.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) is taking steps to improve the timeliness of its benefit compensation appeals process, in which veterans who are dissatisfied with claims decisions by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) can appeal first to VBA, and then to the Board of Veterans' Appeals (the Board). VA has taken actions related to increasing staff, reforming the process, and updatin...
Veterans Health Administration: Actions Needed to Better Recruit and Retain Clinical and Administrative Staff
GAO-17-475T: Published: Mar 22, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2017.
The Veterans Health Administration is facing challenges recruiting and retaining clinical staff, such as physicians and registered nurses. We've found that VHA has high attrition among HR staff and weak internal control processes, which are contributing to its staffing issues. These challenges are making it more difficult for VHA to meet the health care needs of our nation's veterans. We recommen...
Veterans' Health Care: Limited Progress Made to Address Concerns That Led to High-Risk Designation
GAO-17-473T: Published: Mar 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
We added Department of Veterans Affairs' health care to our High-Risk List in 2015 over concerns about the timeliness, quality, and safety of veterans' health care. It remains on our 2017 list. In today's testimony, we discussed how VA partially met 2 of our 5 criteria for getting off the list, and the more than 100 recommendations that remain open, reflecting our areas of concern for VA health...
VA Construction: Improved Processes Needed to Monitor Contract Modifications, Develop Schedules, and Estimate Costs
GAO-17-70: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken steps to address challenges in managing projects to build medical facilities. In response to statutory requirements and additional congressional direction, VA is outsourcing management of certain such projects to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As of October 2016, VA had 23 ongoing projects costing $100 million or more. VA and USACE have...
Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on Veterans' Access to Choice Program Care
GAO-17-397T: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Choice Program allows veterans to obtain health care services outside the Veterans Health Administration if those services are not available or readily accessible within VHA. We found that--if VHA staff and the Choice Program contractors take the maximum amount of time allowed for appointment scheduling--veterans could potentially wait up to 81 calendar days to attend their first appointments...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Medical Facilities' Controlled Substance Programs Meet Requirements
GAO-17-442T: Published: Feb 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.
GAO found weaknesses in the way four selected Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities were implementing their controlled substance inspection programs. Two of the four did not conduct monthly inspections of controlled substances as required by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). For example, one facility missed 43 percent of monthly inspections in critical patient care areas a...