Health care cost control (101 - 108 of 108 items)
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...
VA Can Reduce Disability Payments by Ensuring That Veterans Receive Scheduled Reexaminations
HRD-84-14: Published: Dec 8, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1983.
GAO reviewed Veterans Administration (VA) controls for ensuring that scheduled medical examinations for reevaluating veterans' disabilities are being held.GAO found that many scheduled reexaminations are not being held because regional office staff do not always place reexamination dates in the master record file. Consequently, VA is not always able to identify those veterans whose disabilities ar...
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...
[Information on VA Outpatient Clinic Operations]
121106: Sep 27, 1982
GAO identified possible cost savings which could be achieved by a change in outpatient clinic procedures at two Florida Veterans Administration medical centers. Part of the Tampa medical center's justification for acquiring a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan unit in early 1982 was that it would share the equipment with the Bay Pines medical center. However, as of mid-September 1982, the Ba...
Government Loses Revenue Because of Low Medical Care Charges to Liable Third Parties
AFMD-82-2: Published: Dec 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1981.
The Government is authorized by the Federal Medical Care Recovery Act to recover the cost of care provided or paid for when any of its beneficiaries require medical treatment because of the negligent actions of a third party. GAO conducted a review to determine if the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) were complying with the rate-setting provision of the Act.Millions...
Cost of VA Medical Care to Ineligible Persons Is High and Difficult To Recover
HRD-81-77: Published: Jul 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1981.
GAO reviewed the extent to which the Veterans Administration (VA) has strengthened its administrative controls to preclude providing medical care to persons who were found not to be properly entitled to veterans' benefits.Despite recommendations previously made by GAO to improve eligibility determinations, VA has done little to prevent or minimize the abuse of medical benefits by ineligibles. Indi...
Duplicate Payments for Medical Services by VA and Medicare Programs
HRD-80-10: Published: Oct 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1979.
A review was performed to determine the number of duplicate payments made by the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Medicare programs for certain services provided to veterans eligible for both programs. The review, which was performed in Florida and California, dealt with three VA medical service categories: unrestricted outpatient medical care, contract hospitalization with prior VA authorizat...