Veterans benefits (61 - 70 of 151 items)
VA Health Care: Framework for Analyzing Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Decisions
GAO-03-1103R: Published: Aug 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2003.
On May 14, 2003, as requested, we briefed Congress on our preliminary views on the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) process initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). On July 29, 2003, we shared our additional perspectives, which Congressional Staff indicated would be helpful to the Commission as it considers the draft National CARES Plan that VA presented on Augu...
VA Health Care: Contract Labor Cost Analysis in RAND Study
GAO-03-579R: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $23 billion to provide health care to over 4 million veterans in fiscal year 2002. To provide this care, VA relied primarily on its own employees, totaling about 190,000. VA also used contract employees, sometimes referred to as contract labor, to provide these services. In response to the requirements of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform A...
VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation to Health Care Networks
GAO-02-744T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $21 billion in fiscal year 2001 to treat 3.8 million veterans--most of whom had service-connected disabilities or low incomes. Since 1997, VA has used the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system to allocate most of its medical care appropriation. GAO found that VERA has had a substantial impact on network resource allocations and workloads...
VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation
GAO-02-685T: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system allocated $17.8 billion of its $20.3 billion health care budget to 22 regional health care networks in fiscal year 2001. Before Vera resources were allocated to facilities on the basis of their historical expenditures. By aligning resources with workloads VERA shifted about$921 million among VA's networks in fiscal year 2001. VERA's design i...
VA Long-Term Care: Implementation of Certain Millennium Act Provisions Is Incomplete, and Availability of Noninstitutional Services Is Uneven
GAO-02-510R: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $3.1 billion on long-term care in fiscal year 2001, This amount is likely to increase as the veteran population ages. VA provides or pays for long-term care in institutional settings, such as nursing homes, or in veteran's own homes and other community locations. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 1999 required VA to offer lo...
VA Long-Term Care: The Availability of Noninstitutional Services Is Uneven
GAO-02-652T: Published: Apr 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
Noninstitutional long-term care services are delivered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans in their own homes and other community locations. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act requires VA to offer long-term care services to eligible veterans, including services provided in noninstitutional settings. More than two years after the act's passage, VA has yet to off...
Medicare Subvention Demonstration: Pilot Satisfies Enrollees, Raises Cost and Management Issues for DOD Health Care
GAO-02-284: Published: Feb 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Medicare subvention demonstration tested alternate approaches to health care coverage for military retirees. Retirees could enroll in new DOD-run Medicare managed care plans, known as TRICARE Senior Prime, at six sites. The demonstration plan offered enrollees the full range of Medicare-covered services as well as additional TRICARE services, with minimal copaymen...
VA and Defense Health Care: Progress and Challenges DOD Faces in Executing a Military Medical Surveillance System
GAO-02-173T: Published: Oct 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2001.
The Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are establishing a medical surveillance system for the health care needs of military personnel and veterans. The system will collect and analyze information on deployments, environmental health threats, disease monitoring, medical assessments, and medical encounters. GAO has identified weaknesses in DOD's medical surveillance capability an...
Veterans' Health Care: Observations on VA's Assessment of Hepatitis C Budgeting and Funding
GAO-01-661T: Published: Apr 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2001.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested and received $195 million for Hepatitis C screening and treatment in fiscal year 2000. VA's budget documentation showed that it had spent $100 million on Hepatitis C screening and treatment, leaving a difference of $95 million between its estimated and actual expenditures. However, GAO's review revealed that the difference was actually much larger-...
VA and Defense Health Care: Evolving Health Care Systems Require Rethinking of Resource Sharing Strategies
HEHS-00-52: Published: May 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) shared health care resources, focusing on: (1) the benefits gained from sharing; (2) the extent to which VA and DOD are sharing health care resources; and (3) barriers and challenges VA and DOD face in their efforts to share health resources.GAO noted that: (1...