Veterans affairs (1 - 10 of 19 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...
VA Health Care: Reported Outpatient Medical Appointment Wait Times Are Unreliable
GAO-13-363T: Published: Feb 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2013.
In brief, GAO found that (1) VHA's reported outpatient medical appointment wait times are unreliable, (2) there was inconsistent implementation of certain elements of VHA's scheduling policy that could result in increased wait times or delays in scheduling timely medical appointments, and (3) VHA is implementing or piloting a number of initiatives to improve veterans' access to medical appointment...
DOD and VA Health Care: Incentives Program for Sharing Health Resources
GAO-05-310R: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2005.
Combined, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide health care services to about 16.8 million beneficiaries at an estimated cost of $58 billion for fiscal year 2005--$30.4 billion for DOD and $27.7 billion for VA. In 1982, the Congress passed the Veterans' Administration and Department of Defense Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act (Shar...
VA and DOD Health Care: Resource Sharing At Selected Sites
GAO-04-792: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
Congress has long encouraged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to share health resources to promote cost-effective use of health resources and efficient delivery of care. In February 2002, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs described VA and DOD health care resource sharing activities at nine locations. GAO was asked to describe the health resource sh...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-01-255: Published: Jan 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2001.
This report, part of GAO's performance and accountability series, discusses the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health care access for veterans, compensation and pension claims processing, and agencywide management strategies are some of the most critical challenges facing the agency.Below are the reports in this series:High Risk Series: An...
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: VA Is Struggling to Respond to Asset Realignment Challenges
T-HEHS-00-91: Published: Apr 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) management of health care assets that are operated by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), focusing on: (1) VHA's progress to date; (2) concerns regarding VHA's realignment process; and (3) the potential effects of VHA's actions on VA's capital budgeting process.GAO noted that: (1) VHA has been unsucce...
VA Health Care: VA Is Struggling to Address Asset Realignment Challenges
T-HEHS-00-88: Published: Apr 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) management of the capital asset realignment process, focusing on: (1) VHA's progress to date; (2) any concerns regarding VHA's realignment process as designed; and (3) the potential effects of VHA's actions on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) capital budgeting process.GAO noted that: (1) VHA has b...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Capital Asset Planning and Budgeting
HEHS-99-145: Published: Aug 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1999.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) management of health care assets.GAO noted that: (1) VA's large, aged infrastructure could be the biggest obstacle confronting its efforts to transform itself from a hospital-based operator to a health care provider that relies on integrated networks of VA and non-VA providers to meet veterans' health care needs; (2) over the next few years, VA...
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...