Veterans Benefits Administration (41 - 50 of 226 items)
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Address Higher-Than-Expected Demand for the Family Caregiver Program
GAO-14-675: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)—within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—significantly underestimated caregivers' demand for services when it implemented the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Program). As a result, some VA medical centers (VAMCs) had difficulties managing the larger-than-expected workload, and some caregivers experienced...
VA Disability Claims Processing: Preliminary Observations on Accuracy Rates and Quality Assurance Activities
GAO-14-731T: Published: Jul 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2014.
The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now measures and reports the accuracy of its claim decisions in two ways—by claim and by medical issue—but its approach has limitations. When calculating accuracy rates for either measure through its Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR) program, VBA does not always follow generally accepted statisti...
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...