Patient care services (1 - 10 of 20 items)
VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access Problems That May Delay Needed Medical Care for Veterans
GAO-14-509T: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
GAO's ongoing work examining VHA's management of outpatient specialty care consults identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care, as well as limitations in the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) implementation of new consult business rules designed to standardize aspects of the clinical consult process. For example, for 4 o...
DOD and VA Outpatient Pharmacy Data: Computable Data Are Exchanged for Some Shared Patients, but Additional Steps Could Facilitate Exchanging These Data for All Shared Patients
GAO-07-554R: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
Since 1998, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been working to electronically exchange patient health data, including outpatient pharmacy data, cross their electronic health information systems. Exchanging outpatient pharmacy data is important for DOD and VA because certain DOD and VA patients, known as shared patients, receive health care from both ag...
VA Health Care: Community-Based Clinics Improve Primary Care Access
GAO-01-678T: Published: May 2, 2001. Publicly Released: May 2, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) efforts to improve veterans' access to health care through its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Initiative. Overall, through its clinics, VHA is steadily making primary care more available within reasonable proximity of patients who have used VHA's system in the past. However, the uneven distribution of patients living more than...
Veterans' Health Care: VA Needs Better Data on Extent and Causes of Waiting Times
HEHS-00-90: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs'(VA) efforts to reduce the waiting times for outpatient care, focusing on VA's initiatives to: (1) improve its waiting time; and (2) address its waiting time problems.GAO noted that: (1) although VA has begun to collect data systematically on waiting times for outpatient care, it has yet to develop...
VA Health Care: Progress and Challenges in Providing Care to Veterans
T-HEHS-99-158: Published: Jul 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) new system for enrolling veterans for health care.GAO noted that: (1) since implementing its enrollment system at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 1999, VA has enrolled about 4 million veterans and its health care expenditures for these enrollees are on track with VA's projections; (2) however, each of the...
Veterans' Health Care: Service Delivery for Veterans on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
HEHS-99-14: Published: Nov 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the need for establishing a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inpatient facility on Guam, focusing on: (1) how VA currently meets Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) veterans' health care needs; (2) veterans' possible future demand for health care and VA's ability to meet this demand; and (3) the cost to establish a v...
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: Closing a Chicago Hospital Would Save Millions and Enhance Access to Services
HEHS-98-64: Published: Apr 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) could serve veterans in Chicago, Illinois, with three hospitals, focusing on: (1) the extent of the resources that could be redirected to improve patient care; and (2) the potential impact of one hospital closure on VHA's other missions.GAO noted that: (1) VHA can meet the health care needs of Chicag...
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 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...