Health care personnel (21 - 30 of 72 items)
Foreign Physicians: Data on Use of J-1 Visa Waivers Needed to Better Address Physician Shortages
GAO-07-52: Published: Nov 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2006.
Many U.S. communities face difficulties attracting physicians. To address this problem, states and federal agencies have turned to foreign physicians who have just completed graduate medical education in the United States under J-1 visas. Ordinarily, these physicians must return home after completing their programs, but this requirement can be waived at the request of a state or federal agency if...
VA Health Care: Patient Safety Could be Enhanced by Improvements in Employment Screening and Physician Privileging Practices
GAO-06-760T: Published: Jun 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
In its March 2004 report, "VA Health Care: Improved Screening of Practitioners Would Reduce Risk to Veterans," GAO-04-566, GAO made recommendations to improve VA's employment screening of practitioners. GAO was asked to testify today on steps VA has taken to improve its employment screening requirements and VA's physician credentialing and privileging processes because of their importance to patie...
VA Health Care: Selected Credentialing Requirements at Seven Medical Facilities Met, but an Aspect of Privileging Process Needs Improvement
GAO-06-648: Published: May 25, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for determining that over 36,000 physicians working in its facilities have the appropriate professional credentials and qualifications to deliver health care to veterans. To do this, VA credentials and privileges physicians providing care at its medical facilities. In this report, GAO determined the extent to which selected VA facilities compl...
VA Health Care: Steps Taken to Improve Practitioner Screening, but Facility Compliance with Screening Requirements Is Poor
GAO-06-544: Published: May 25, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
In March 2004, GAO reported on gaps in VA's requirements for screening the professional credentials and personal backgrounds of health care practitioners (GAO-04-566). GAO found that VA's requirements did not ensure thorough screening of VA practitioners. VA concurred with four recommendations GAO made to improve practitioner screening. GAO was asked to determine the extent to which (1) VA has tak...
Foreign Physicians: Preliminary Findings on the Use of J-1 Visa Waivers to Practice in Underserved Areas
GAO-06-773T: Published: May 18, 2006. Publicly Released: May 18, 2006.
Many U.S. communities face difficulties attracting physicians to meet their health care needs. To address this problem, states and federal agencies have turned to foreign physicians who have just completed their graduate medical education in the United States under J-1 visas. Ordinarily, these physicians are required to return home after completing their education, but this requirement can be waiv...
Health Professions Education Programs
GAO-06-55: Published: Feb 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2006.
For fiscal years 1999 through 2005, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spent about $2.7 billion to fund the more than 40 health professions education programs authorized under title VII and title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. These programs include those providing grants to institutions, direct assis...
VA Health Care: Improved Screening of Practitioners Would Reduce Risk to Veterans
GAO-04-566: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
Cases of practitioners causing intentional harm to patients have raised concerns about the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) screening of practitioners' professional credentials and personal backgrounds. GAO was asked to (1) identify key VA screening requirements, (2) evaluate their adequacy, and (3) assess compliance with these screening requirements. GAO reviewed VA's policies and identified...
VA Health Care: Veterans at Risk from Inconsistent Screening of Practitioners
GAO-04-625T: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employs about 190,000 individuals including physicians, nurses, and therapists at its facilities. It supplements these practitioners with contract staff and medical residents. Cases of practitioners causing intentional harm to patients have raised concerns about VA's screening of practitioners' professional credentials and personal backgrounds. This testimon...
VA Health Care: Adequacy of Resident Supervision Is Not Assured, but Plans Could Improve Oversight
GAO-03-625: Published: Jul 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides graduate medical education (GME) to as many as one-third of U.S. resident physicians, but oversight responsibilities spread across VA's organizational components and multiple affiliated hospitals and medical schools could allow supervision problems to go undetected or uncorrected. GAO was asked to examine VA's procedures for (1) monitoring VA medica...
Health Workforce: Ensuring Adequate Supply and Distribution Remains Challenging
GAO-01-1042T: Published: Aug 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2001.
This testimony discusses (1) the shortage of healthcare workers and (2) the lessons learned by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in addressing these shortages. GAO found that problems in recruiting and retaining health care professionals could worsen as demand for these workers increases. High levels of job dissatisfaction among nurses and nurses aides may also play a crucial role in curren...