Health care (1 - 5 of 5 items) in Past Year
Veterans' Health Care: Improved Oversight of Community Care Physicians' Credentials Needed
GAO-16-795: Published: Sep 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2016.
GAO found that the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) contractors—Health Net Federal Services (Health Net) and TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest)—complied with contractual requirements to verify the credentials of physicians under one community care program, but were deficient in doing so under another program. Based on GAO's review of selected physicians, GAO found that the contractors a...
Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times
GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has not conducted any systematic, agency-wide oversight of the timeliness of primary care provided in its federally operated facilities. IHS has delegated primary responsibility for the oversight of care provided in its facilities to its area offices and has not set any agency-wide standards for patient wait times—including both how long it should take to schedule...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Newly Enrolled Veterans' Access to Primary Care
GAO-16-328: Published: Mar 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016.
GAO found that not all newly enrolled veterans were able to access primary care from the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and others experienced wide variation in the amount of time they waited for care. Sixty of the 180 newly enrolled veterans in GAO's review had not been seen by providers at the time of the review; nearly half were unable to access prima...
Rare Diseases: Too Early to Gauge Effectiveness of FDA's Pediatric Voucher Program
GAO-16-319: Published: Mar 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2016.
It is too early to gauge whether the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pediatric voucher program has stimulated the development of drugs to treat or prevent rare pediatric diseases. Given that the typical drug development process often exceeds a decade, insufficient time has elapsed to determine whether the 3 year-old program has been effective. Any drug sponsors motivated by the program to att...
Patient Safety: Hospitals Face Challenges Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
GAO-16-308: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
The six selected hospitals in GAO's study identified three key challenges that affected their efforts to implement evidence-based patient safety practices. Patient safety practices, such as using proper antiseptics, can reduce or eliminate adverse events, which GAO defined as events such as infections that harm patients and result from the medical care patients receive rather than patients' underl...