Health care cost control (31 - 40 of 109 items)
VA Health Care: Capital Asset Planning and Budgeting Need Improvement
T-HEHS-99-83: Published: Mar 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the management of health care assets within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).GAO noted that: (1) VA's asset plans indicate that billions of dollars might be used operating hundreds of unneeded buildings over the next 5 years or more; (2) this is because VA does not systematically: (a) evaluate veterans' or asset needs on a market (or geogra...
VA Health Care: VA's Plan for the Integration of Medical Services in Central Alabama
HEHS-98-245R: Published: Sep 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) plans to integrate services at the medical facilities located in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Alabama, focusing on: (1) whether VA's plan provides the information that stakeholders need to understand the proposed integration of services at these two facilities; and (2) assessing stakeholder unde...
VA Health Care: More Veterans Are Being Served, but Better Oversight Is Needed
HEHS-98-226: Published: Aug 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the: (1) changes in overall access to care, changes in access to certain specialized services, and a comparison of changes in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 3 (Bronx) and VISN 4 (Pittsburgh) with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national data from fiscal years (FY) 1995 to 1997; (2) extent to which VA headquarters and VISNs are wor...
Federal Health Programs: Comparison of Medicare, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Medicaid, Veterans' Health Services, Department of Defense Health Services, and Indian Health Services
HEHS-98-231R: Published: Aug 7, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1998.
GAO compared the Medicare program with five other federal health programs: the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP); the Medicaid and Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) health programs; the Department of Defense's (DOD) TRICARE health program; and the Indian Health Service (IHS). GAO also compared key features of these programs, including: (1) administrative structures, including th...
VA Health Care: VA's Efforts to Maintain Services for Veterans With Special Disabilities
T-HEHS-98-220: Published: Jul 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its ongoing work on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to comply with section 104 of the Veterans Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996, focusing on whether VA: (1) is maintaining capacity with reasonable access to specialized care; and (2) has data that are sufficiently reliable to monitor and report on compliance.GAO noted tha...
Veterans' Health Care: Challenges Facing VA's Evolving Role in Serving Veterans
T-HEHS-98-194: Published: Jun 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the future health care role of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), focusing on: (1) how VA's system transformation is progressing and what challenges VA faces as its role evolves; and (2) the relationship between VA's health care role and that of other public and private health benefits programs, including the effects changes in those program...
VA Community Clinics: Networks' Efforts to Improve Veterans' Access to Primary Care Vary
HEHS-98-116: Published: Jun 15, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) use of community-based clinics to improve veterans' access to primary care, focusing on: (1) VHA's planning process for new community-based clinics; (2) networks' implementation of VHA's planning guidelines; and (3) VHA and network oversight of clinic operations.GAO noted that: (1) VHA has s...
Veterans' Health Care: Chicago Efforts to Improve System Efficiency
HEHS-98-118: Published: May 29, 1998. Publicly Released: May 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) what impacts the Veterans Affairs (VA) Chicago Health Care System (VACHCS) had on veterans, employees, and medical schools in the Chicago area; (2) VACHCS' integration process; (3) the integration decisions made; and (4) dollar savings for these decisions.GAO noted that: (1) the VACHCS integration process, which began in 1996, included 28 work...
VA Health Care: Medicare Reimbursement for Services to Veterans
HEHS-98-145R: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on proposals that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to collect Medicare reimbursement for care given to eligible veterans, focusing on the: (1) benefits VA's use of a Medicare health maintenance organization (HMO) demonstration may provide for veterans; (2) risks such a demonstration may pose for veterans; (3)...
VA Health Care: Closing a Chicago Hospital Would Save Millions and Enhance Access to Services
HEHS-98-64: Published: Apr 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) could serve veterans in Chicago, Illinois, with three hospitals, focusing on: (1) the extent of the resources that could be redirected to improve patient care; and (2) the potential impact of one hospital closure on VHA's other missions.GAO noted that: (1) VHA can meet the health care needs of Chicag...