Veterans hospitals (61 - 70 of 142 items)
VA Medical Centers: Internal Control over Selected Operating Functions Needs Improvement
GAO-04-755: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care to veterans through the $27 billion Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical programs. VHA administers and operates VA's medical system, providing care to nearly 5 million patients in 2003. As of September 2003, VHA operated 160 hospitals, 847 outpatient clinics, 134 nursing homes, 42 domiciliaries, and 73 comprehensive home care pro...
VA Medical Centers: Internal Control Weaknesses Impair Third-Party Collections
GAO-04-967T: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
In the face of growing demand for veterans' health care, GAO and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) have raised concerns about the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) ability to maximize its third-party collections to supplement its medical care appropriation. GAO has testified that inadequate patient intake procedures, insufficient documentation by physicians,...
VA Health Care: Access for Chattanooga-Area Veterans Needs Improvement
GAO-04-162: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
Veterans residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have had difficulty accessing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. In response, VA has acted to reduce travel times to medical facilities and waiting times for appointments with primary and specialty care physicians. Recently, VA released a draft national plan for restructuring its health care system as part of a planning initiative known as...
VA Health Care: Further Efforts Needed to Improve Hepatitis C Testing for At-Risk Veterans
GAO-04-106: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Hepatitis C is a chronic disease caused by a blood-borne virus that can lead to potentially fatal liverrelated conditions. In 2001, GAO reported that the VA missed opportunities to test about 50 percent of veterans identified as at risk for hepatitis C. GAO was asked to (1) review VA's fiscal year 2002 performance measurement results in testing veterans at risk for hepatitis C, (2) identify factor...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Key Management Challenges in Health and Disability Programs
GAO-03-756T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
In previous GAO reports and testimonies on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and in its ongoing reviews, GAO identified major management challenges related to enhancing access to health care, improving the efficiency of health care delivery, and improving the effectiveness of disability programs. This testimony underscores the importance of continuing to make progress in addressing these ch...
VA Drug Formulary: Better Oversight Is Required, but Veterans Are Getting Needed Drugs
GAO-01-183: Published: Jan 29, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2001.
During the last three years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant progress in establishing its national drug formulary, which has generally met with the prescriber acceptance. Most veterans are receiving the drugs the need and rarely register complaints about prescription drugs. However, VA has not been sufficient to ensure that the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (V...
VA and Defense Health Care: Evolving Health Care Systems Require Rethinking of Resource Sharing Strategies
HEHS-00-52: Published: May 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) shared health care resources, focusing on: (1) the benefits gained from sharing; (2) the extent to which VA and DOD are sharing health care resources; and (3) barriers and challenges VA and DOD face in their efforts to share health resources.GAO noted that: (1...
VA Health Care For Women: Progress Made in Providing Services to Women Veterans
HEHS-99-38: Published: Jan 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care program for women, focusing on: (1) the progress VA made in removing barriers that may prevent women veterans from obtaining VA health care services; and (2) the extent to which VA health care services, particularly gender-specific services, are available to and used by women vetera...
VA Health Care: Better Integration of Services Could Improve Gulf War Veterans' Care
HEHS-98-197: Published: Aug 19, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of health care services to Gulf War veterans, focusing on: (1) the number of veterans VA and the Department of Defense (DOD) report as suffering from Gulf War-related illnesses and the criteria used to identify these illnesses; (2) how VA diagnoses, counsels, treats, and monitors Gul...
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...