Health care cost control (31 - 40 of 82 items)
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Enhance Montgomery and Tuskegee Service Integration
T-HEHS-97-191: Published: Jul 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
GAO discussed its ongoing work on the integration of medical facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Alabama.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's work to date, it appears that both Atlanta network and Montgomery and Tuskegee facility officials have made a lot of progress in planning for this integration, and benefits have already been realize...
VA Health Care: Lessons Learned From Medical Facility Integrations
T-HEHS-97-184: Published: Jul 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1997.
GAO discussed the preliminary results of its ongoing work on the integration of medical facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).GAO noted that: (1) facility integrations are a critical piece of VA's overall strategy to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of health service delivery to veterans; (2) VA's strategy is similar to how the private sector health care industry i...
VA Health Care: Assessment of VA's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget Proposal
T-HEHS-97-121: Published: May 1, 1997. Publicly Released: May 1, 1997.
GAO discussed the President's 1998 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.GAO noted that: (1) while VA's budget goals may be attainable, they carry implications such as limited deficit reduction contributions and potential risks to low-income uninsured veterans; (2) achieving increased efficiency is not contingent on either increases in patients served or res...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-56W: Published: Jan 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1997.
GAO published a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in December 1996 and a listing of reports issued between September 1996 and December 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health; (2) education; (3) employment; (4) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans affairs and military health care...
VA Health Care: Better Data Needed to Effectively Use Limited Nursing Home Resources
HEHS-97-27: Published: Dec 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) nursing home programs, focusing on: (1) the distribution of veterans in VA, community, and state veterans nursing homes; (2) the costs to VA for VA, community, and state veterans nursing homes; (3) the factors affecting VA's use of community and state veterans nursing homes; and (4) whether VA...
VA Health Care: Improving Veterans' Access Poses Financial and Mission-Related Challenges
HEHS-97-7: Published: Oct 25, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to establish health care access points to provide outpatient care for veterans who are geographically distant from VA hospitals.GAO found that: (1) the new access points represent a proactive effort to transition from a direct delivery system to an integrated network of VA-operated hospitals and VA a...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Significantly Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
HEHS-97-15: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements to veterans, focusing on: (1) what OTC products VA pharmacies dispense; (2) how VA provision of OTC products compares with that of non-VA health care providers; (3) how much VA spends on OTC products and how much VA recovers through veterans' copayments;...
Veterans' Affairs and Military Health Care Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1997-98
IAP-96-23: Published: Oct 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1996.
GAO provided information on its Veterans' Affairs and Military Health Care issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 through 1998.GAO plans to identify: (1) more effective management controls to minimize fraud, waste, and abuse in Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) health care systems; (2) ways to improve services to veterans and military dependents; (3) options for r...
VA Health Care: Issues Affecting Eligibility Reform Efforts
HEHS-96-160: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed various proposals that would simplify and expand eligibility for veterans' health care benefits.GAO found that: (1) the VA health care system was neither designed nor intended to be the primary source of health care services for most veterans; (2) as the eligibility requirements for VA health care have evolved over the years, they have become incre...
VHA's Management Improvement Initiative
HEHS-96-191R: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) progress in implementing health care system management improvement initiatives. GAO noted that: (1) VA is reducing its centrally funded activities by $170 million, equipment purchases by $26 million, and other headquarters-managed accounts by $89 million; (2) VA has deferred most decisions pertaining to the...