Veterans Health Administration (31 - 40 of 98 items)
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...
Veterans' Health Care: Oversight of Tissue Product Safety
GAO-14-463T: Published: Apr 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2014.
Data from the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), do not show evidence of VHA receiving contaminated tissue products, although, it is difficult to link adverse events in recipients to such products. VA's National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS), which began operation in 1999, has not issued any patient safety alerts—mandates for action to addre...
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...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Independent Living Services and Supports Require Stronger Oversight
GAO-14-149T: Published: Nov 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
Why GAO Did This StudyOf the 9,215 veterans who entered the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Independent Living (IL) track within the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program from fiscal years 2008 to 2011, most were male Vietnam era veterans in their 50s or 60s. The most prevalent disabilities among these veterans were post-traumatic stress disorder and tinnitus ("ringing in th...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems
GAO-13-536: Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) performance pay policy has gaps in information needed to appropriately administer this type of pay. The performance pay policy gives VA's 152 medical centers and 21 networks discretion in setting the goals providers must achieve to receive this pay, but does not specify an overarching purpose the goals are to support. VA officials responsible for writing th...
VA Health Care: Additional Steps Needed to Strengthen Beneficiary Travel Program Management and Oversight
GAO-13-632: Published: Jul 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed efforts to improve the Beneficiary Travel Program, but lack of internal controls may impede their effectiveness. Specifically, VHA has developed multiple efforts to improve the management and oversight of its process for reimbursing veterans' travel expenses for medical appointments, as well as the timeline...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Improved Oversight of Independent Living Services and Supports Is Needed
GAO-13-474: Published: Jun 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2013.
Of the 9,215 veterans who entered the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Independent Living (IL) track within the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program in fiscal years 2008 to 2011, most were male Vietnam era veterans in their 50s or 60s. Almost 60 percent served in the U.S. Army, and fewer than 1 percent served in the National Guard or Reserve. The most prevalent disabilities...
Veterans Health Care: VHA Has Taken Steps to Address Deficiencies in Its Logistics Program, but Significant Concerns Remain
GAO-13-336: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
To address deficiencies in its logistics program, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) issued new requirements in 2011 regarding the management of medical supplies and equipment in Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMC) inventories, the standardization of these items, and the monitoring of VAMCs logistics programs. These requirements, some of which apply to VAMCs and some of which...