Health care facilities (81 - 90 of 131 items)
VA Health Care: More Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Blind Veterans Could Better Meet Their Needs
GAO-04-996T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
In fiscal year 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimated that about 157,000 veterans were legally blind, and about 44,000 of these veterans were enrolled in VA health care. The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Ranking Minority Member, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee expressed concerns about VA's rehabilitation services for blind ve...
VA Health Care: VA Needs to Improve Accuracy of Reported Wait Times for Blind Rehabilitation Services
GAO-04-949: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides rehabilitation services to legally blind veterans. These services are intended to help them acquire the skills necessary to become more independent. Almost all of VA's rehabilitation services for legally blind veterans are provided at Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC), an inpatient program. VA reported that the average length of time a veteran wait...
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 Health Care: Resource Allocations to Medical Centers in the Mid South Healthcare Network
GAO-04-444: Published: Apr 21, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
Since fiscal year 1997, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has relied primarily on its 21 health care networks to allocate resources to its medical centers. VA headquarters also directly allocates some resources to the medical centers. In addition, medical centers collect resources from third-party insurance payments and other sources. VA provides general guidance to\ networks for resource al...
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 Long-Term Care: Service Gaps and Facility Restrictions Limit Veterans' Access to Noninstitutional Care
GAO-03-487: Published: May 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 22, 2003.
In April 2002, at the request of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, we testified on variation in the availability of VA's noninstitutional long-term care services. Congress expressed concern that this variation could mean that some veterans did not have access to noninstitutional services because of gaps in service availability and because of the restrictions that some facilities might pla...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Hepatitis C Disease Management Practices
GAO-03-136: Published: Jan 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2003.
In 1998, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched an initiative to screen and test veterans for hepatitis C--a chronic blood-borne virus that can cause potentially fatal liver-related conditions. Since 2001, GAO has been monitoring VA's hepatitis C program. This year GAO was asked to report on VA's hepatitis C disease management practices. GAO surveyed 141 VA medical facilities about their...
VA Health Care: Improved Planning Needed for Management of Excess Real Property
GAO-03-326: Published: Jan 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has changed from a hospital-based system to primary reliance on outpatient care. As a result, VA expects that the number of unneeded buildings will increase. Veterans' needs could be better served if VA finds ways to minimize resources devoted to these buildings. VA must have an effective process to find alternate uses or dispose of unneeded property. In Aug...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-03-110: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
In its 2001 performance and accountability report on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), GAO identified management challenges related to health care quality, access, resource management, and disability claims processing. In addition to these and other continuing challenges, VA must now prepare for biological and chemical acts of terrorism. The information in this report aims to sustain congre...