Health care facilities (61 - 70 of 79 items)
VA Health Care: Contract Labor Cost Analysis in RAND Study
GAO-03-579R: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $23 billion to provide health care to over 4 million veterans in fiscal year 2002. To provide this care, VA relied primarily on its own employees, totaling about 190,000. VA also used contract employees, sometimes referred to as contract labor, to provide these services. In response to the requirements of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform A...
VA Long-Term Care: Service Gaps and Facility Restrictions Limit Veterans' Access to Noninstitutional Care
GAO-03-487: Published: May 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 22, 2003.
In April 2002, at the request of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, we testified on variation in the availability of VA's noninstitutional long-term care services. Congress expressed concern that this variation could mean that some veterans did not have access to noninstitutional services because of gaps in service availability and because of the restrictions that some facilities might pla...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Hepatitis C Disease Management Practices
GAO-03-136: Published: Jan 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2003.
In 1998, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched an initiative to screen and test veterans for hepatitis C--a chronic blood-borne virus that can cause potentially fatal liver-related conditions. Since 2001, GAO has been monitoring VA's hepatitis C program. This year GAO was asked to report on VA's hepatitis C disease management practices. GAO surveyed 141 VA medical facilities about their...
VA Health Care: Improved Planning Needed for Management of Excess Real Property
GAO-03-326: Published: Jan 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has changed from a hospital-based system to primary reliance on outpatient care. As a result, VA expects that the number of unneeded buildings will increase. Veterans' needs could be better served if VA finds ways to minimize resources devoted to these buildings. VA must have an effective process to find alternate uses or dispose of unneeded property. In Aug...
VA Long-Term Care: Implementation of Certain Millennium Act Provisions Is Incomplete, and Availability of Noninstitutional Services Is Uneven
GAO-02-510R: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $3.1 billion on long-term care in fiscal year 2001, This amount is likely to increase as the veteran population ages. VA provides or pays for long-term care in institutional settings, such as nursing homes, or in veteran's own homes and other community locations. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 1999 required VA to offer lo...
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: 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...
VA Health Care: Issues Affecting Eligibility Reform
T-HEHS-95-213: Published: Jul 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1995.
GAO discussed the issues affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care eligibility reforms, focusing on the: (1) differences between eligibility for VA health care and the eligibility under typical public and private health insurance programs; (2) problems VA's eligibility provisions create for veterans and providers; (3) efforts to reform VA eligibility; and (4) options for offse...
Veterans' Health Care: Efforts to Make VA Competitive May Create Significant Risks
T-HEHS-94-197: Published: Jun 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1994.
GAO discussed the potential effects of health reforms on veterans' health care, focusing on the: (1) legal and structural barriers that could limit the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ability to restructure its health care facilities into managed care plans and compete with private-sector health plans; (2) extent to which the Health Security Act would overcome those barriers; and (3) potentia...