Patient care services (11 - 20 of 29 items)
VA Health Care: Preliminary Findings on VA's Provision of Health Care Services to Women Veterans
GAO-09-884T: Published: Jul 14, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2009.
Historically, the vast majority of VA patients have been men, but that is changing. VA provided health care to over 281,000 women veterans in 2008--an increase of about 12 percent since 2006--and the number of women veterans in the United States is projected to increase by 17 percent between 2008 and 2033. Women veterans seeking care at VA medical facilities need access to a full range of health c...
VA Health Care: Facilities Have Taken Action to Provide Language Access Services and Culturally Appropriate Care to a Diverse Veteran Population
GAO-08-535: Published: May 28, 2008. Publicly Released: May 28, 2008.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faces challenges in bridging language and cultural barriers as it seeks to provide quality health care services to an increasingly diverse veteran population in terms of race, ethnicity, sex, and age. To meet the needs of veterans with limited English proficiency (LEP), VA issued an LEP Directive that provides guidance for medical centers in assessing langua...
VA Health Care: Important Steps Taken to Enhance Veterans' Care by Aligning Inpatient Services with Projected Needs
GAO-05-160: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. In 1999, GAO reported on VA's aged, obsolete capital assets, noting that better management of these assets could significantly reduce VA's operating costs. GAO further noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care services. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realig...
Response to Questions From Hearing on Patient Safety and Quality of Care at VA Facilities
GAO-01-123R: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
This correspondence responds to follow-up questions to GAO's July 27, 2000, testimony before Congress on patient safety and quality of care at the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). The Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry and VA's Office of Research and Development are not directly linked organizationally. The four centers of Inquiry do not report to and are not funded by the Office of Research a...
VA Health Care: Collections Fall Short of Expectations
T-HEHS-99-196: Published: Sep 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to increase revenues from alternative sources as a way to supplement its medical care appropriations, focusing on trends in third-party collections.GAO noted that: (1) VA's third-party collections have declined in each of the past 3 fiscal years and may decline again by the end of fiscal year (FY) 1...
VA Health Care: Third-Party Charges Based on Sound Methodology; Implementation Challenges Remain
HEHS-99-124: Published: Jun 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) third party charges, focusing on: (1) the soundness of VA's methodology for setting reasonable charges for inpatient facility, skilled nursing, outpatient facility, physician, and nonphysician services; and (2) potential effects of the new charge-based system on VA, insurers, and veterans.GA...
Medicare Subvention Demonstration: DOD Experience and Lessons for Possible VA Demonstration
T-HEHS/GGD-99-119: Published: May 4, 1999. Publicly Released: May 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Medicare subvention demonstration program, focusing on: (1) the early phases of implementing the DOD demonstration; (2) issues raised by that experience for DOD subvention; and (3) lessons from the DOD demonstration for a possible Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) demonstration.GAO noted that: (1) subvention hol...
VA Health Care: More Veterans Are Being Served, but Better Oversight Is Needed
HEHS-98-226: Published: Aug 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the: (1) changes in overall access to care, changes in access to certain specialized services, and a comparison of changes in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 3 (Bronx) and VISN 4 (Pittsburgh) with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national data from fiscal years (FY) 1995 to 1997; (2) extent to which VA headquarters and VISNs are wor...
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...
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...