Health care cost control (11 - 20 of 109 items) in Custom Date Range
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: Expanded Eligibility Has Increased Outpatient Pharmacy Use and Expenditures
GAO-03-161: Published: Nov 8, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $3.0 billion on its outpatient pharmacy benefit in fiscal year 2001. After VA implemented the Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act in 1999, more veterans could use VA outpatient care, including the pharmacy benefit, than before. Increased eligibility contributed to a doubling of the number of Priority 7 veterans using VA health care. Prio...
VA and DOD Health Care: Factors Contributing to Reduced Pharmacy Costs and Continuing Challenges
GAO-02-969T: Published: Jul 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) pharmacy expenditures have risen significantly, reflecting national trends. The increase in pharmacy costs would have been even greater if not for the efforts taken by VA and DOD. GAO identified four important factors that have contributed to reduced pharmacy spending by VA and DOD. First, the two departments have used for...
VA and Defense Health Care: Potential Exists for Savings through Joint Purchasing of Medical and Surgical Supplies
GAO-02-872T: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $500 million and the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $240 million for medical and surgical supplies in fiscal year 2001. Since the 1980s, To achieve greater efficiencies through improved acquisition processes and increased sharing of medical resources, VA and DOD signed a memorandum of agreement in 1999 to combine their buying power. VA and DOD saved...
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...