Health care cost control (41 - 50 of 81 items)
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
T-HEHS-96-162: Published: Jun 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policies concerning over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements. GAO noted that: (1) VA pharmacies provide many OTC medications; (2) VA pharmacies dispensed analgesics nearly 3 million times in 1995; (3) some VA pharmacies restrict certain veterans from receiving OTC products, as well as the quantity that they...
VA Health Care: Efforts to Improve Veterans' Access to Primary Care Services
T-HEHS-96-134: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) plan to improve veterans' access to primary health care. GAO noted that: (1) by creating new access points, VA may be able to cost-effectively improve users' access to health care and reduce the inequities in veterans' access caused by geographic inaccessibility; (2) creating new access points may increase costs dramatically, since VA failure...
Veterans' Health Care: VA's Approaches to Meeting Veterans' Home Health Care Needs
HEHS-96-68: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meets veterans' home health care needs, focusing on: (1) the characteristics and services of the home health care programs VA uses; (2) the available data describing program costs; and (3) how VA ensures that veterans receive quality home care services.GAO found that: (1) most veterans rece...
VA Health Care: Approaches for Developing Budget-Neutral Eligibility Reform
T-HEHS-96-107: Published: Mar 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1996.
GAO discussed various proposals to reform eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits. GAO noted that: (1) VA health care has evolved from a system primarily providing hospital care to veterans injured during wartime to a system focused on the treatment of low-income veterans with medical conditions unrelated to military service; (2) the eligibility provisions of the VA hea...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Resource Needs
T-HEHS-96-99: Published: Mar 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1996.
GAO discussed ways in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could operate more efficiently and reduce resources needed to meet its mandatory care obligations. GAO noted that: (1) VA has overstated its resource needs to meet its mandatory care obligations because its projections do not reflect the expected decline in the veteran population or the amount of discretionary care it provides, ov...
VA Health Care: Exploring Options to Improve Veterans' Access to VA Facilities
HEHS-96-52: Published: Feb 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on veterans' use of Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical facilities, focusing on: (1) users' characteristics; (2) the geographic accessibility of VA and private medical facilities that provide standard benefits; and (3) options to improve accessibility of VA health care.GAO found that: (1) in the early 1990s, over 80 percent of...
VA Health Care: Efforts to Increase Sharing With DOD and the Private Sector
T-HEHS-96-41: Published: Oct 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1995.
GAO discussed the status and future direction of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care resources sharing agreements with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the private sector. GAO noted that: (1) Congress has broadened the types of services, beneficiaries, and providers covered under VA sharing agreements, eased burdensome reimbursement provisions, and allowed providing facilities...
VA Health Care Delivery: Top Management Leadership Critical to Success of Decision Support System
AIMD-95-182: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) efforts to implement a medical decision support system, focusing on: (1) the kinds of benefits that such a system can provide the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); (2) whether VA is pursuing the comprehensive business strategy needed to achieve these benefits; and (3) whether VA is establishing an adequ...
Veterans' Health Care: Implications of Other Countries' Reforms for the United States
HEHS-94-210BR: Published: Sep 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the veterans health care systems in Australia, Canada, Finland, and the United Kingdom, focusing on: (1) why these countries implemented universal health care; (2) how eligibility for veterans health care benefits in these countries compares to that in the United States; (3) how the age and status of U.S. veterans compare to the veteran populations...
VA Health Care Reform: Financial Implications of the Proposed Health Security Act
T-HEHS-94-148: Published: May 5, 1994. Publicly Released: May 5, 1994.
GAO discussed the financial and policy implications of the proposed Health Security Act's provisions for veterans' health care, which would: (1) transform Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities into a series of managed care plans to compete with private-sector plans; (2) expand entitlement to comprehensive health care services for veterans choosing to enroll in a VA health plan; (3) author...