Patient care services (21 - 29 of 29 items)
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...
VA Health Care: Resource Allocation Has Improved, but Better Oversight Is Needed
HEHS-97-178: Published: Sep 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA): (1) implementation of the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation System (VERA); (2) monitoring of changes in health care delivery resulting from VERA; and (3) oversight of the network allocation process used to give veterans equitable access to services.GAO found that: (1) VERA shows promise for correcting...
Medicare: Comparative Information on Medicare and VA Patients, Services, and Payment Rates for Home Oxygen
HEHS-97-151R: Published: Jun 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on GAO's analysis of the Medicare and Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) payment rates, focusing on: (1) the comparability of the Medicare and VA home oxygen patient populations used in GAO's analysis; (2) differences in the frequency and quality of services Medicare and VA expect from their suppliers; (3) differences in the use of po...
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;...
Veterans' Health Care: VA's Approaches to Meeting Veterans' Home Health Care Needs
HEHS-96-68: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meets veterans' home health care needs, focusing on: (1) the characteristics and services of the home health care programs VA uses; (2) the available data describing program costs; and (3) how VA ensures that veterans receive quality home care services.GAO found that: (1) most veterans rece...
Better Patient Management Practices Could Reduce Length of Stay in VA Hospitals
HRD-85-52: Published: Aug 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals to determine whether VA: (1) was effectively managing its medical and surgical patients; and (2) could more efficiently reduce the length of stay for these patients.GAO found that, although the VA central office issued policy guidelines which recommended that more efficient patient management practices be used and recognized throughout the medica...
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...
Survey of Selected Veterans Administration Fee-Basis Programs
HRD-78-108: Published: Jun 6, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1978.
A study was conducted of the Veteran's Administration (VA) fee-basis program at selected VA hospitals to evaluate the management of selected fee-basis medical services and to determine if any of the services provided on a fee basis could be performed by the VA. Veterans who are eligible for outpatient fee-basis treatment are issued a VA Outpatient Medical Treatment Information (ID) card. VA monito...
Findings and Recommendations Contained in Prior GAO Reports on Areas Similar to Those Covered in the National Academy of Sciences' June 1977 Report on Health Care for Veterans
103759: Oct 17, 1977
Follow-up reviews were performed on recommendations contained in GAO reports dealing with subjects covered by the National Academy of Sciences in its June 12, 1977, report on health care for veterans. Reports dealt with: (1) Veterans Administration (VA) contracts with architect-engineering firms; (2) methodology used by VA to determine bed size and the complement of new and replacement hospitals;...