Veterans Benefits Administration (81 - 90 of 232 items)
Defense Health Care: Access to Civilian Providers under TRICARE Standard and Extra
GAO-11-500: Published: Jun 2, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provides health care through its TRICARE program, which is managed by the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). TRICARE offers three basic options. Beneficiaries who choose TRICARE Prime, an option that uses civilian provider networks, must enroll. TRICARE beneficiaries who do not enroll in this option may obtain care from nonnetwork providers under TRICARE Standard or...
Veterans' Health Care: VA Uses a Projection Model to Develop Most of Its Health Care Budget Estimate to Inform the President's Budget Request
GAO-11-205: Published: Jan 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2011.
Funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care is determined by Congress in the annual appropriations process. Prior to this process, VA develops a budget estimate of the resources needed to provide health care services to eligible veterans. The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 requires GAO to assess whether the funding requested for VA health care...
VA Health Care: VA Spends Millions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research and Incorporates Research Outcomes into Guidelines and Policy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Services
GAO-11-32: Published: Jan 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2011.
In addition to providing health care to veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funds research that focuses on health conditions veterans may experience. According to VA, experts estimate that up to 20 percent of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and demand for PTSD treatment is increasing. Because of th...
VA Health Care: Spending for and Provision of Prosthetic Items
GAO-10-935: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2010.
In fiscal year 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided more than 59 million prosthetic items to more than 2 million veterans. After VA physicians and other clinicians prescribe prosthetic items, VA's Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) is responsible for processing prescriptions and providing prosthetic items to veterans. PSAS is also responsible for managing VA's spending fo...
Veterans' Benefits: Training for Experienced Disability Claims Processors
GAO-10-1029T: Published: Sep 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2010.
GAO was asked to present its views on the training requirements and procedures for VA personnel responsible for processing compensation and pension claims. This statement is based primarily upon an April 2010 GAO report on VA's training for experienced disability claims processors (GAO-10-445) and includes information on actions VBA says it has taken in response to our recommendations. This statem...
Information Technology: Management Improvements Are Essential to VA's Second Effort to Replace Its Outpatient Scheduling System
GAO-10-579: Published: May 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2010.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care, disability compensation, and vocational rehabilitation to veterans. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--a component of VA--provides care to over 5 million patients in more than 1,500 facilities. VHA relies on an outpatient scheduling system that is over 25 years old. In 2000, VHA began the Scheduling Replacement Project to modern...
VA Health Care: Status of VA's Approach in Conducting the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study
GAO-10-578R: Published: May 5, 2010. Publicly Released: May 5, 2010.
In addition to providing health care to over 5 million veterans each year, the Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), funds research on specific health conditions that veterans may experience. One condition that is examined in VA-funded research is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that can occur after a person is exposed to a life...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Expanded Oversight Would Improve Training for Experienced Claims Processors
GAO-10-445: Published: Apr 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2010.
The Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-389) mandated that GAO evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs VA training for disability claims processors. This report answers the following two questions: (1) How appropriate is the training provided to experienced disability claims processors? (2) How adequate is the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) monitoring and assessment...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Further Evaluation of Ongoing Initiatives Could Help Identify Effective Approaches for Improving Claims Processing
GAO-10-213: Published: Jan 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2010.
For years, the disability compensation claims process has been the subject of concern and attention by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Congress, and veteran service organizations (VSO), due in part to long waits for decisions and the large number of claims pending a decision. As GAO and other organizations have reported over the last decade, VA has also faced challenges in improving the a...
Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Interoperability Efforts Are Ongoing; Program Office Needs to Implement Recommended Improvements
GAO-10-332: Published: Jan 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2010.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 required the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to accelerate their exchange of health information and to develop capabilities that allow for interoperability (generally, the ability of systems to exchange data) by September 30, 2009. It also required compliance with federal standards and the establish...