Health care services (51 - 60 of 99 items)
Health Centers: Competition for Grants and Efforts to Measure Performance Have Increased
GAO-05-645: Published: Jul 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2005.
Health centers in the federal Consolidated Health Centers program provide comprehensive primary health care services at one or more delivery sites, without regard to patients' ability to pay. In fiscal year 2002, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began implementing the 5-year President's Health Centers Initiative. The initiative's goal is for the program to provide 1,200 gran...
VA Health Care: Important Steps Taken to Enhance Veterans' Care by Aligning Inpatient Services with Projected Needs
GAO-05-160: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. In 1999, GAO reported on VA's aged, obsolete capital assets, noting that better management of these assets could significantly reduce VA's operating costs. GAO further noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care services. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realig...
DOD and VA Health Care: Incentives Program for Sharing Health Resources
GAO-05-310R: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2005.
Combined, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide health care services to about 16.8 million beneficiaries at an estimated cost of $58 billion for fiscal year 2005--$30.4 billion for DOD and $27.7 billion for VA. In 1982, the Congress passed the Veterans' Administration and Department of Defense Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act (Shar...
VA and DOD Health Care: Efforts to Coordinate a Single Physical Exam Process for Servicemembers Leaving the Military
GAO-05-64: Published: Nov 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2004.
Servicemembers who leave the military and file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be subject to potentially duplicative physical exams in order to meet requirements of both the Department of Defense's (DOD) military services and VA. To streamline the process for these servicemembers, the military services and VA have attempted to coordinate their physical exam requi...
Milwaukee Health Care Spending Compared to Other Metropolitan Areas: Geographic Variation in Spending for Enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
GAO-04-1000R: Published: Aug 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2004.
Health care spending varies across the country due to differences in the use and price of health care services. Understanding the reasons for utilization and price variation may contribute to developing methods to control health care spending. This report provides preliminary results from our work on geographic variations in health care spending and prices. Congress asked us to examine geographic...
Newborn Screening: Characteristics of State Programs
GAO-03-449: Published: Mar 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2003.
Each year state newborn screening programs test 4 million newborns for disorders that require early detection and treatment to prevent serious illness or death. GAO was asked to provide the Congress with information on the variations among state newborn screening programs, including information on criteria considered in selecting disorders to include in state programs, education for parents and pr...
Defense Health Care: Oversight of the Adequacy of TRICARE's Civilian Provider Network Has Weaknesses
GAO-03-592T: Published: Mar 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2003.
During 2002, in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel, beneficiary groups described problems with access to care from TRICARE's civilian providers, and providers testified about their dissatisfaction with the TRICARE program, specifying low reimbursement rates and administrative burdens. The Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act of 2003 required that GAO...
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...
Civil Military Program: List of Fiscal Year 1997 Approved Projects
NSIAD-98-159R: Published: Apr 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the projects undertaken in fiscal year (FY) 1997 by the Department of Defense (DOD) through its Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program.GAO noted that: (1) Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) officials told GAO that some funding requests were made orally with no supporting documentation provided to OSD; (2) they also said th...
Health Professions Education: Role of Title VII/VIII Programs in Improving Access to Care Is Unclear
HEHS-94-164: Published: Jul 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on strategies and programs to increase the number of primary care providers and improve access to care in underserved areas, focusing on whether: (1) available data show that program changes have led to greater access to health care in rural and underserved areas; and (2) evaluations show that these changes were attributable to the programs.GAO f...