Health care services (11 - 20 of 39 items)
Contract Management: Further Efforts Needed to Sustain VA's Progress in Purchasing Medical Products and Services
GAO-04-718: Published: Jun 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides healthcare to millions of veterans at VA's medical centers and healthcare facilities across the country. To support veterans, VA manages a Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program and a national contract program. Both use VA's sizeable buying power to provide VA and other federal agencies discounts on medical products and services. To cover its costs i...
VA and DOD Health Care: Resource Sharing At Selected Sites
GAO-04-792: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
Congress has long encouraged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to share health resources to promote cost-effective use of health resources and efficient delivery of care. In February 2002, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs described VA and DOD health care resource sharing activities at nine locations. GAO was asked to describe the health resource sh...
VA Medical Centers: Internal Control over Selected Operating Functions Needs Improvement
GAO-04-755: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care to veterans through the $27 billion Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical programs. VHA administers and operates VA's medical system, providing care to nearly 5 million patients in 2003. As of September 2003, VHA operated 160 hospitals, 847 outpatient clinics, 134 nursing homes, 42 domiciliaries, and 73 comprehensive home care pro...
DOD and VA Health Care: Incentives Program for Sharing Resources
GAO-04-495R: Published: Feb 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2004.
Combined, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide health care services to about 12 million beneficiaries at an estimated cost of about $53 billion for fiscal year 2004--$26.7 billion for DOD and $26.5 billion for VA. In 1982 the Congress passed the VA and DOD Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act (Sharing Act) to promote more cost-effecti...
Computer-Based Patient Records: Short-Term Progress Made, but Much Work Remains to Achieve a Two-Way Data Exchange Between VA and DOD Health Systems
GAO-04-271T: Published: Nov 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2003.
For the past 5 years, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have been working to exchange health care data and create electronic records for veterans and active duty personnel. Such exchange is seen as a means of reducing the billions of dollars that the departments spend annually on health care services and making such data more readily accessible to those treating our country's approxi...
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 Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation to Health Care Networks
GAO-02-744T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $21 billion in fiscal year 2001 to treat 3.8 million veterans--most of whom had service-connected disabilities or low incomes. Since 1997, VA has used the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system to allocate most of its medical care appropriation. GAO found that VERA has had a substantial impact on network resource allocations and workloads...
DOD and VA Health Care: Jointly Buying and Mailing Out Pharmaceuticals Could Save Millions of Dollars
T-HEHS-00-121: Published: May 25, 2000. Publicly Released: May 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed what the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) have done and what more they could do to reduce drug prices and dispensing costs, focusing on the: (1) extent of joint DOD and VA drug contracting thus far and the prospects for further contracting; (2) prospects of DOD using VA's consolidated mail outpatient pharmacy (CM...
Disabled Veterans' Care: Better Data and More Accountability Needed to Adequately Assess Care
HEHS-00-57: Published: Apr 21, 2000. Publicly Released: May 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) compliance with the requirements to maintain capacity and access for veterans with special disabilities, focusing on: (1) the accuracy of the conclusions in VA's fiscal year (FY) 1998 annual capacity report; and (2) challenges facing VA in managing its special disability programs.GAO noted that: (1) VA concl...
VA Health Care: VA's Management of Drugs on Its National Formulary
HEHS-00-34: Published: Dec 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA) manages its national formulary and how drugs other than those on the formulary are made available to veterans.GAO noted that: (1) VA's national formulary is administered by the Pharmacy Benefits Management Strategic Healthcare Group (PBM), a strategy modeled after one commonly used in private health car...