Patient care services (11 - 19 of 19 items)
VHA's Management Improvement Initiative
HEHS-96-191R: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) progress in implementing health care system management improvement initiatives. GAO noted that: (1) VA is reducing its centrally funded activities by $170 million, equipment purchases by $26 million, and other headquarters-managed accounts by $89 million; (2) VA has deferred most decisions pertaining to the...
VA Health Care: Opportunities for Service Delivery Efficiencies Within Existing Resources
HEHS-96-121: Published: Jul 25, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system, focusing on ways that VA could: (1) operate more efficiently; (2) reduce the resources needed to meet veterans' health care needs; and (3) reorganize its health care system and create efficiency incentives.GAO found that: (1) the VA health care system should be able to resp...
Veterans' Health Care: VA's Approaches to Meeting Veterans' Home Health Care Needs
HEHS-96-68: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meets veterans' home health care needs, focusing on: (1) the characteristics and services of the home health care programs VA uses; (2) the available data describing program costs; and (3) how VA ensures that veterans receive quality home care services.GAO found that: (1) most veterans rece...
Veterans' Health Care: Potential Effects of Health Financing Reforms on Demand for VA Services
T-HRD-93-12: Published: Mar 31, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1993.
GAO discussed the potential effects of health financing reforms on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system. GAO noted that: (1) the demand for VA inpatient services would decrease by 18 percent if employer-mandated health insurance was available to workers or employers paid a tax to obtain health insurance; (2) the demand for VA inpatient services would decrease by 47 percent u...
VA Health Care: Use of Private Providers Should Be Better Controlled
HRD-92-109: Published: Sep 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) controls for ensuring that it appropriately purchased private outpatient medical care.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year 1990, VA spent about $112 million for over 1 million private outpatient visits for 223,000 veterans; (2) some VA jurisdictions routinely authorized private care for veterans without determ...
VA Health Care: Telephone Service Should Be More Accessible to Patients
HRD-91-110: Published: Jul 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified ways in which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers can decrease the amount of time nurses spend on nonclinical activities, focusing on benefits of providing telephone service to patients in their rooms.GAO found that: (1) with few exceptions, VA medical centers do not provide telephones in patients' rooms; (2) telephone service in...
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: 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...
Better Patient Management Practices Could Reduce Length of Stay in VA Hospitals
HRD-85-52: Published: Aug 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals to determine whether VA: (1) was effectively managing its medical and surgical patients; and (2) could more efficiently reduce the length of stay for these patients.GAO found that, although the VA central office issued policy guidelines which recommended that more efficient patient management practices be used and recognized throughout the medica...