Veterans (31 - 40 of 76 items)
VA and DOD Health Care: Efforts to Coordinate a Single Physical Exam Process for Servicemembers Leaving the Military
GAO-05-64: Published: Nov 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2004.
Servicemembers who leave the military and file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be subject to potentially duplicative physical exams in order to meet requirements of both the Department of Defense's (DOD) military services and VA. To streamline the process for these servicemembers, the military services and VA have attempted to coordinate their physical exam requi...
U.S. Office of Special Counsel's Role in Enforcing Law to Protect Reemployment Rights of Veterans and Reservists in Federal Employment
GAO-05-74R: Published: Oct 6, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2004.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) enforces the rights of federal employees and applicants for federal employment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994. USERRA provides for the employment and reemployment rights of federal and nonfederal employees who leave their employment to perform military service. USERRA also prohibits discrimination agains...
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...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Federal Gulf War Illnesses Research Strategy Needs Reassessment
GAO-04-767: Published: Jun 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
More than a decade after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, there is continued interest in the federal response to the health concerns of Gulf War veterans. Gulf War veterans' reports of unexplained illnesses and possible exposures to various health hazards have prompted numerous federal research projects on Gulf War illnesses. This research has been funded primarily by the Department of Veterans Affairs...
Computer-Based Patient Records: Subcommittee Questions Concerning VA and DOD Efforts to Achieve a Two-Way Exchange of Health Data
GAO-04-691R: Published: May 14, 2004. Publicly Released: May 14, 2004.
This letter responds to a request by the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, that we provide answers to questions relating to our March 17, 2004, testimony. At that hearing, we discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) progress toward defining a detailed strategy and developing the capability...
Computer-Based Patient Records: Sound Planning and Project Management Are Needed to Achieve a Two-Way Exchange of VA and DOD Health Data
GAO-04-402T: Published: Mar 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2004.
A critical component of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) information technology program is its ongoing work with the Department of Defense (DOD) to achieve the ability to exchange patient health care data and create electronic records for use by veterans, active military personnel, and their health care providers. GAO testified before Congress last November that one-way sharing of data, fr...
DOD and VA Health Care: Incentives Program for Sharing Resources
GAO-04-495R: Published: Feb 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2004.
Combined, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide health care services to about 12 million beneficiaries at an estimated cost of about $53 billion for fiscal year 2004--$26.7 billion for DOD and $26.5 billion for VA. In 1982 the Congress passed the VA and DOD Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act (Sharing Act) to promote more cost-effecti...
Veterans Affairs: Posthearing Questions Concerning the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs Providing Seamless Health Care Coverage to Transitioning Veterans
GAO-04-292R: Published: Nov 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2003.
On October 16, 2003, GAO testified before Congress at a hearing on whether DOD and VA are providing seamless health care coverage to transitioning veterans. This letter responds to a request thst we provide answers to follow-up questions from the hearing.VA and DOD have been pursuing ways to share data in their health information systems and create electronic records since 1998, when the Governmen...
VA and Defense Health Care: Increased Risk of Medication Errors for Shared Patients
GAO-02-1017: Published: Sep 27, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2002.
Medication errors and adverse drug reactions are a significant concern for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) because their large beneficiary populations receive many prescriptions. Each agency has taken steps to reduce the risk of medication errors, such as making patients' medical records more accessible to providers and performing checks for drug interac...
VA and Defense Health Care: Potential Exists for Savings through Joint Purchasing of Medical and Surgical Supplies
GAO-02-872T: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $500 million and the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $240 million for medical and surgical supplies in fiscal year 2001. Since the 1980s, To achieve greater efficiencies through improved acquisition processes and increased sharing of medical resources, VA and DOD signed a memorandum of agreement in 1999 to combine their buying power. VA and DOD saved...