Veterans hospitals (61 - 70 of 72 items)
Medical Care Planning and Construction Planning in the Veterans Administration
129592: Apr 10, 1986
GAO commented on: (1) the Veterans Administration's (VA) medical care and construction planning processes; (2) a contractor's study of the VA construction process; (3) the proposed merger of the VA Department of Medicine and Surgery and the Office of Construction; and (4) the sizing of surgical suites in new VA hospitals. GAO noted that: (1) VA financial management systems are not producing accura...
VA Health Care: Opportunities Still Exist for Reducing Fee-Basis Pharmacy Costs
HRD-86-66: Published: Mar 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1986.
GAO followed up on its 1983 report which recommended that the Veterans Administration (VA): (1) reduce the number and cost of prescriptions filled by private pharmacies on a VA-reimbursable, fee-for-service basis; (2) strengthen its efforts to identify prescriptions that should not have been filled by private pharmacies; and (3) deny payments if veterans fail to use VA pharmacies after being asked...
VA Needs Better Control Over Its Payments to Private Health Care Providers
HRD-85-49: Published: Aug 28, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1985.
The Veterans Administration (VA) provides health care to most veterans at its own facilities; however, when circumstances prevent veterans from traveling to VA facilities, VA authorizes them to obtain care from private health care providers. GAO evaluated the VA system for determining how much to pay private health care providers.Under VA reimbursement criteria, the maximum reimbursable fee for an...
VA Justification for Construction of Nursing Home Care Units at Amarillo, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona
HRD-85-80: Published: Aug 12, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) justification for the two nursing home care unit construction projects proposed in its fiscal year 1986 budget to determine whether: (1) VA adequately considered local needs and resources and less costly alternatives to new construction; and (2) VA planners followed the Medical District Initiated Program Planning...
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...
VA Recoveries From Private Health Insurance and Proposed Means Test To Determine Eligibility for VA Health Care
127199: Jun 20, 1985
GAO discussed two reports relating to the Veterans Administration's (VA) provision of health care to veterans with non-service-connected medical conditions and disabilities. In the first report, GAO recommended the passage of legislation authorizing VA to recover the costs of care provided to privately insured veterans with such conditions. GAO believes that VA could have recovered between $98 mil...
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...
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...