Health care cost control (61 - 70 of 81 items)
Medical ADP Systems: Automated Medical Records Hold Promise to Improve Patient Care
IMTEC-91-5: Published: Jan 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential benefits of and impediments to the use of automatic data processing (ADP) systems in managing medical patient care records.GAO found that automated medical records could: (1) greatly improve patient care management due to their quick accessibility, improved accuracy, higher quality, increased versatility, and decisionmaking and qualit...
VA Health Care Cost Recoveries
T-HRD-90-40: Published: Jun 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1990.
GAO discussed the Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) efforts to implement legislative requirements for medical care cost recovery. GAO found that VA: (1) collections exceeded its recovery costs; and (2) VA missed collection opportunities and needed more effective collection procedures. GAO believes that VA: (1) should develop a comprehensive plan to improve its recovery procedures; (2) needs imp...
VA Health Care: Better Procedures Needed to Maximize Collections From Health Insurers
HRD-90-64: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): (1) collections from health insurers exceeded health care costs; and (2) had effective procedures to identify insured veterans and bill insurers and collect amounts owed.GAO found that: (1) VA collected only about one-third of the health care costs for medical services it provided to insured veterans...
DOD Health Care: Funding Shortfalls in CHAMPUS, Fiscal Years 1985-91
HRD-90-99BR: Published: Mar 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), focusing on: (1) the extent of its funding shortfalls; (2) reasons for its funding shortfalls; and (3) DOD plans to reduce CHAMPUS costs in fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1991.GAO found that: (1) from FY 1985 to FY 1989, CHAMPUS funding shortfal...
VA/DOD Health Care: Further Opportunities To Increase the Sharing of Medical Resources
HRD-88-51: Published: Mar 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) implementation of legislation to promote their sharing of health care resources, to determine: (1) whether the two agencies took full advantage of opportunities to share their resources; (2) the adequacy of current incentives to share resources; (3) whether there were any b...
VA Health Care: Resource Allocation Methodology Should Improve VA's Financial Management
HRD-87-123BR: Published: Aug 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Veterans Administration's (VA) new methodology for allocating resources among its medical centers, focusing on: (1) the objectives and function of the methodology; (2) how the methodology will improve VA financial management; (3) problems in VA implementation of the methodology; and (4) limitations on assessing the methodology's impact on VA he...
Hospital ADP Systems: VA Needs To Better Manage Its Decentralized System Before Expansion
IMTEC-87-28: Published: Jul 24, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) Decentralized Hospital Computer Program (DHCP) system, which services 172 medical centers, to determine: (1) the status of the decentralized system; (2) VA effectiveness in managing the system's development and implementation; and (3) the possibility of using three commercial systems VA tested as alternatives t...
Defense Health Programs: Sharing of DOD Aeromedical Evacuation System With VA Could Reduce Costs
HRD-87-98: Published: Jul 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of legislation to promote greater sharing of health care resources between the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), specifically between the U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Elmendorf Air Force Base and the VA outpatient clinic, both in Anchorage, Alaska.GAO found that: (1) VA use of the DOD aer...
VA Health Care: Support Lacking for Mission Change at Miles City, Montana, Medical Center
HRD-87-13: Published: Feb 13, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) proposal to change the Miles City, Montana, medical center from a predominately acute care to a predominately extended care facility, specifically: (1) the justification for the proposed change; (2) whether the change would be in the best interests of area veterans; and (3) how easily VA could implement the cha...
VA Health Care: Issues and Concerns for VA Nursing Home Programs
HRD-86-111BR: Published: Aug 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1986.
GAO identified issues Congress may want to address in reviewing the Veterans Administration's (VA) proposal to increase resources for VA-supported state and community nursing home programs since they are less costly than the VA-owned nursing home program.GAO found several issues which would have an effect on VA ability to deliver nursing home care in fiscal year 1987 and beyond, including: (1) whe...