Health care facilities (111 - 120 of 131 items)
Opportunity To Reduce the Cost of Building VA Medical Facilities
HRD-82-28: Published: Dec 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1981.
GAO was requested to review the Veterans Administration's (VA) medical facility construction program. GAO concentrated on: (1) the reasons for cost growth in the program; (2) the reasons for large numbers of changes to design and construction contracts; and (3) the costs that these changes added to projects.The VA construction program has changed significantly since the projects GAO reviewed were...
S. 266, a Bill To Establish a Federal Interagency Medical Resources Committee
115544: Jun 17, 1981
Comments were presented on two recently introduced legislative proposals to encourage the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) to cooperate more fully in providing health care to Federal beneficiaries both during peacetime and in the event of war. S. 266 would establish a Federal interagency medical resources committee to ensure, through increased sharing, the most effi...
VA Needs Better Visibility and Control Over Medical Center Purchases
PSAD-81-16: Published: Dec 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) medical center purchasing practices and made suggestions to improve procurement management as well as reduce operating costs.The VA Marketing Center purchases items that are stored and distributed through supply depots and manages supply schedule contracts for certain medical and food items. These centralized procurement programs give VA medical cent...
Analysis of VA Investigations of Allegations Involving the Palo Alto VA Medical Center
HRD-80-106: Published: Aug 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1980.
GAO monitored the Veterans Administration's (VA) Office of Inspector General investigation of allegations made concerning the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. The allegations involved significant increases in the rate of crime, widespread illegal drug use, inadequate support from local and Federal law enforcement agencies, interference by medical center officials in criminal investigations, and repris...
Veterans Administration Can Reduce the Time Required To Process Veterans' and Survivors' Initial Claims for Benefits
HRD-79-25: Published: Dec 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1979.
As a result of a congressional request, the Veterans Administration (VA) is seeking ways to improve its claims processing system for compensation and death benefits. In conjunction with a GAO review, a VA task force studied existing bottlenecks in the claims process, one being the VA medical facilities' untimely processing of physical examinations of claimants for disability benefits. Through comp...
Review of VA's Proposed Hospital Bed and Staff Reductions for Fiscal Year 1979
HRD-78-134: Published: Jul 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1978.
An investigation was conducted of the Veterans Administration's (VA) rationale for cutting over 3,000 operating hospital beds and associated staff from its hospital system. Over the past decade, VA hospitals have been treating a larger number of patients with fewer beds. During that period, about 20,000 hospital beds have been eliminated from the VA system because of improved staffing and an incre...
Role and Use of Optometry in the Veterans Administration Need Improvement
HRD-78-129: Published: Jun 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1978.
The Veterans Administration's (VA) Department of Medicine and Surgery is responsible for providing medical care (including optometry) for eligible veterans. A significant percentage of veterans have eye/vision disorders which require care.Under the VA present eye/vision program, many veterans may not be receiving the needed care. In comparison to other health care systems, VA employs few optometri...
Better Services at Reduced Costs Through an Improved 'Personal Care' Program Recommended for Veterans
HRD-78-107: Published: Jun 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1978.
As part of outpatient care for veterans, the Veterans Administration (VA) operates a community care program in which veterans live in residences other than their own under VA supervision. Within this program, the personal care residence (PCR) program functions as an alternative to long-term institutionalization of psychiatric, medical, and surgical patients. In PCR, or foster home, a sponsor provi...
Inappropriate Number of Acute Care Beds Planned by VA for New Hospitals
HRD-78-102: Published: May 17, 1978. Publicly Released: May 17, 1978.
The Veterans Administration (VA) is planning four replacement hospitals as part of its construction program. VA relied on historical patient work load data trends projected to 1985 from each of the existing facilities in making its estimates of future bed requirements. However, historical data on patient use of existing facilities are not considered a good indicator of future needs if lower-cost a...
Reviews of VA's Planning for Hospitals
104835: Feb 6, 1978
Concerns have been expressed about the long average length of stay at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals. Although VA has taken steps to reduce the length of stay, it is still longer than for comparable patients in community hospitals. Patients often occupy acute care facilities during diagnosis, while waiting for surgery, and during convalescence. VA's plans for sizing of new hospitals are ba...