Health care cost control (11 - 20 of 28 items)
VA Health Care: VA's Efforts to Maintain Services for Veterans With Special Disabilities
T-HEHS-98-220: Published: Jul 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its ongoing work on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to comply with section 104 of the Veterans Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996, focusing on whether VA: (1) is maintaining capacity with reasonable access to specialized care; and (2) has data that are sufficiently reliable to monitor and report on compliance.GAO noted tha...
Veterans' Health Care: Challenges Facing VA's Evolving Role in Serving Veterans
T-HEHS-98-194: Published: Jun 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the future health care role of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), focusing on: (1) how VA's system transformation is progressing and what challenges VA faces as its role evolves; and (2) the relationship between VA's health care role and that of other public and private health benefits programs, including the effects changes in those program...
VA Health Care: Medicare Reimbursement for Services to Veterans
HEHS-98-145R: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on proposals that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to collect Medicare reimbursement for care given to eligible veterans, focusing on the: (1) benefits VA's use of a Medicare health maintenance organization (HMO) demonstration may provide for veterans; (2) risks such a demonstration may pose for veterans; (3)...
VA Health Care: Status of Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Access
HEHS-98-48: Published: Feb 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1998.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to improve and monitor veterans' access to health care.GAO noted that: (1) VA has taken important steps to improve the efficiency of its health care system and veterans' access to it; (2) VA medical centers have increased efficiency by expanding the use of outpatient care; (3) for example, VA has increased the percentage of surgical pro...
VA Medical Care: Increasing Recoveries From Private Health Insurers Will Prove Difficult
HEHS-98-4: Published: Oct 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to recover from private health insurers the costs it incurs to provide health care services to veterans with no service-connected disabilities, focusing on: (1) those factors that limit VA's ability to recover more of its billed charges; (2) VA's ability to achieve its revenue targets by identifying...
Medicare: Comparison of Medicare and VA Payment Rates for Home Oxygen
HEHS-97-120R: Published: May 15, 1997. Publicly Released: May 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the rates paid for home oxygen by Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).GAO noted that: (1) Medicare's fee schedule allowances for home oxygen are significantly higher than the rates by VA, which uses competitive contracting arrangements; (2) Medicare's monthly rate, including allowances for portable units, was about $320 for each ho...
VA Health Care: Assessment of VA's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget Proposal
T-HEHS-97-121: Published: May 1, 1997. Publicly Released: May 1, 1997.
GAO discussed the President's 1998 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.GAO noted that: (1) while VA's budget goals may be attainable, they carry implications such as limited deficit reduction contributions and potential risks to low-income uninsured veterans; (2) achieving increased efficiency is not contingent on either increases in patients served or res...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Programmatic and Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-97-97: Published: Mar 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1997.
GAO discussed some of the major challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and some of the options for deficit reduction through changes in VA benefits and programs.GAO noted that: (1) significant improvements have occurred in the efficiency of the VA health care system; (2) VA's new management and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) structure clearly values efficiency and cu...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Significantly Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
HEHS-97-15: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements to veterans, focusing on: (1) what OTC products VA pharmacies dispense; (2) how VA provision of OTC products compares with that of non-VA health care providers; (3) how much VA spends on OTC products and how much VA recovers through veterans' copayments;...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-29W: Published: Oct 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1996.
GAO presented a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in September 1996 and a listing of reports issued in June 1996 through September 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health care reform; (2) Medicare and Medicaid; (3) higher education; (4) training and employment; (5) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans' and military health care...