Patient care services (51 - 60 of 65 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: Veterans' Concerns About Services at Wilmington, Delaware, Center
HRD-90-55BR: Published: Feb 8, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed veterans' concerns about health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical center in Wilmington, Delaware.GAO found that veterans alleged that: (1) they had to wait 6 months for orthopedic services because the center referred orthopedic patients to another center; (2) the center had excessive pharmacy service times; (3) the c...
VA Health Care: Assessment of Surgical Services at Two Medical Centers in the Southwest
HRD-90-6: Published: Dec 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) decision to: (1) close the inpatient surgical services at its Prescott, Arizona, medical center; and (2) retain those services at its Big Spring, Texas, medical center.GAO found that: (1) VA initially agreed with the medical district planning board's and executive council's 1985 recommendations to close the...
VA Health Care: Few Veterans Denied Care at Florida Clinics
HRD-89-69: Published: May 31, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed records of 388 applications for outpatient medical care at 4 of Florida's 14 Department of Veterans Affairs' clinics to determine: (1) how many veterans were denied care; and (2) why they were denied care.GAO found that: (1) the 4 clinics denied care to 27 applicants, less than 1.4 percent of the sample; (2) the clinics typically denied care to app...
VA Health Care: Veterans' Demand for Outpatient Care
HRD-89-70: Published: May 31, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the demand of category A veterans for outpatient medical care at Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) clinics, focusing on how: (1) many veterans could have been classified as category A in 1986; (2) many of the total visits to VA clinics category A veterans made in 1986; and (3) the estimated usage rate of category A veterans with service-conne...
Changes in the Delivery of Selected Mental Health Services at Veterans Administration Medical Centers
T-HRD-88-22: Published: Jul 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1988.
GAO identified changes in the delivery of selected mental health services at Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers resulting from the VA Resources Allocation Methodology System. GAO found that: (1) although the new methodology rewarded medical centers for most of their treatment program changes, it penalized centers for some changes; (2) VA officials stated that, although some changes incre...
VA Health Care: Assuring Quality Care for Veterans in Community and State Nursing Homes
HRD-88-18: Published: Nov 12, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) compliance of eight Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers with VA quality assurance requirements for community and state nursing homes caring for veterans; and (2) extent to which the centers used quality assurance information available from states and other sources.GAO found that the centers: (1) evaluated 70 percent of the comm...
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...
VA Health Care: VA's Patient Injury Control Program Not Effective
HRD-87-49: Published: May 18, 1987. Publicly Released: May 21, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the patient injury control function in the Veterans Administration's (VA) quality assurance program.At the nine centers GAO visited, it found that: (1) the patient injury control program was not effective in preventing the recurrence of unexpected deaths and surgical complications; (2) in fiscal year (FY) 1985, VA medical cente...
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...