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Veterans Health Administration: Actions Needed to Better Recruit and Retain Clinical and Administrative Staff
GAO-17-475T: Published: Mar 22, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2017.
The Veterans Health Administration is facing challenges recruiting and retaining clinical staff, such as physicians and registered nurses. We've found that VHA has high attrition among HR staff and weak internal control processes, which are contributing to its staffing issues. These challenges are making it more difficult for VHA to meet the health care needs of our nation's veterans. We recommen...
Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals
GAO-17-192: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017.
Since 2011, when GAO last reported on this issue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased veterinary oversight of antibiotics and, with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), has made several improvements in collecting data on antibiotic use in food animals and resistance in bacteria. For example, HHS's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a regulation and guidance for...
Health Information Technology: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information
GAO-17-305: Published: Mar 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
The Department of Health and Human Services wants all Americans to be able to access their health records electronically. Health care providers that participated in HHS's Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. We found that relatively few of these patients accessed their records online, and pat...
Veterans' Health Care: Limited Progress Made to Address Concerns That Led to High-Risk Designation
GAO-17-473T: Published: Mar 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
We added Department of Veterans Affairs' health care to our High-Risk List in 2015 over concerns about the timeliness, quality, and safety of veterans' health care. It remains on our 2017 list. In today's testimony, we discussed how VA partially met 2 of our 5 criteria for getting off the list, and the more than 100 recommendations that remain open, reflecting our areas of concern for VA health...
Workplace Safety and Health: Information on OSHA Training for Workers on Workplace Hazards
GAO-17-178: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Outreach Training Program–which offers training on job hazard recognition and avoidance–reflects many of the attributes of a well-designed training program identified in GAO's training guide. OSHA is not required to follow GAO's training guide; however, the program's design reflects at least one indicator for six...
Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on Veterans' Access to Choice Program Care
GAO-17-397T: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Choice Program allows veterans to obtain health care services outside the Veterans Health Administration if those services are not available or readily accessible within VHA. We found that--if VHA staff and the Choice Program contractors take the maximum amount of time allowed for appointment scheduling--veterans could potentially wait up to 81 calendar days to attend their first appointments...
Foreign Assistance: Agencies Can Improve the Quality and Dissemination of Program Evaluations
GAO-17-316: Published: Mar 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2017.
An estimated 73 percent of evaluations completed in fiscal year 2015 by the six U.S. agencies GAO reviewed generally or partially addressed all of the quality criteria GAO identified for evaluation design, implementation, and conclusions (see fig.). Agencies met some elements of the criteria more often than others. For example, approximately 90 percent of all evaluations addressed questions that a...
Antibiotics: FDA Has Encouraged Development, but Needs to Clarify the Role of Draft Guidance and Develop Qualified Infectious Disease Product Guidance
GAO-17-189: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released updated or new guidance for antibiotic development, and used the qualified infectious disease products (QIDP) designation to encourage the development of new antibiotics. As of August 2016, FDA, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had coordinated the release of 14 updated or new guidance documents on antibiotic develop...
Electronic Health Records: HHS Needs to Improve Planning and Evaluation of Its Efforts to Increase Information Exchange in Post-Acute Care Settings
GAO-17-184: Published: Jan 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.
Stakeholders that GAO interviewed, including experts on electronic health records (EHR) in post-acute care settings, described five key factors that affect the use of EHRs and the electronic exchange of health information in these settings.Cost: Stakeholders stated that facilities often have limited financial resources to cover the initial cost of an EHR and noted that additional costs may be inc...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Medical Facilities' Controlled Substance Programs Meet Requirements
GAO-17-442T: Published: Feb 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.
GAO found weaknesses in the way four selected Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities were implementing their controlled substance inspection programs. Two of the four did not conduct monthly inspections of controlled substances as required by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). For example, one facility missed 43 percent of monthly inspections in critical patient care areas a...