Health care cost control (71 - 80 of 82 items)
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...
VA Health Care: Too Many Operating Rooms Being Planned and Built
HRD-86-78: Published: Apr 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
GAO examined the Veterans Administration's (VA) method for determining operating room requirements in new and replacement hospitals and identified the differences between VA-stated operating room needs and the requirements a GAO surgical work-load model identified.GAO found that VA is developing an operating room planning model at its Ann Arbor Medical Center that will permit planners to: (1) use...
Medical Care Planning and Construction Planning in the Veterans Administration
129592: Apr 10, 1986
GAO commented on: (1) the Veterans Administration's (VA) medical care and construction planning processes; (2) a contractor's study of the VA construction process; (3) the proposed merger of the VA Department of Medicine and Surgery and the Office of Construction; and (4) the sizing of surgical suites in new VA hospitals. GAO noted that: (1) VA financial management systems are not producing accura...
ADP Systems: Concerns About the Acquisition Plan for DOD's Composite Health Care System
IMTEC-86-12: Published: Mar 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1986.
As required by the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act of 1986, GAO evaluated the DOD methodology and acquisition strategy for selecting and awarding Composite Health Care System (CHCS) contracts.GAO found that, although DOD has implemented a sound methodology for selecting first-stage vendors to compete for CHCS contracts, there are other aspects of its acquisition strategy that could l...
VA Health Care: Opportunities Still Exist for Reducing Fee-Basis Pharmacy Costs
HRD-86-66: Published: Mar 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1986.
GAO followed up on its 1983 report which recommended that the Veterans Administration (VA): (1) reduce the number and cost of prescriptions filled by private pharmacies on a VA-reimbursable, fee-for-service basis; (2) strengthen its efforts to identify prescriptions that should not have been filled by private pharmacies; and (3) deny payments if veterans fail to use VA pharmacies after being asked...
VA Recoveries From Private Health Insurance and Proposed Means Test To Determine Eligibility for VA Health Care
127199: Jun 20, 1985
GAO discussed two reports relating to the Veterans Administration's (VA) provision of health care to veterans with non-service-connected medical conditions and disabilities. In the first report, GAO recommended the passage of legislation authorizing VA to recover the costs of care provided to privately insured veterans with such conditions. GAO believes that VA could have recovered between $98 mil...
Determination as to Whether Hiring Freeze Violates U.S. Code
B-198103: Published: Feb 19, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO was asked if the hiring freeze imposed by President Reagan violates a section of the U.S. code which requires that the Veterans Administration (VA) be provided with the full funded personnel ceiling for which Congress had appropriated funds for the year in three specified accounts. GAO agreed with the VA position that the presidential hiring freeze was not applicable to the positions which Con...
Legislation To Authorize VA Recoveries From Private Health Insurance Would Result in Substantial Savings
HRD-85-24: Published: Feb 26, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1985.
GAO conducted a review to determine the potential for insurance recovery of a portion of the Veterans Administration's (VA) costs incurred for the treatment of veterans' non-service-connected medical conditions. As part of the study, GAO sent a questionnaire to a random sample of veterans who were discharged from VA hospitals and asked whether they were covered under a health insurance policy.GAO...
Timely Establishment of Medical Care Recovery Rates Could Increase Recoveries
HRD-84-32: Published: Feb 13, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1984.
GAO summarized the results of its review of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) role in the establishment of the Veterans Administration's (VA) medical care recovery rates.VA is authorized to recover the reasonable value of medical services provided to certain patients treated at VA facilities and OMB is responsible for setting the rates used by VA in billing liable third parties. In addit...
Opportunities To Reduce Fee-Basis Pharmacy Costs
HRD-83-83: Published: Sep 27, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) efforts to reduce the number and cost of prescriptions filled by private pharmacies on a VA-reimbursable fee-for-service basis.GAO found that, in fiscal year 1982, VA paid private pharmacies about $10.5 million in prescriptions for veterans with service-connected disabilities. VA determined that only about 5 percent of the fee-basis prescriptions nee...