Patient care (1 - 4 of 4 items) in Past Year
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Medical Facility Controlled Substance Inspection Programs Meet Agency Requirements
GAO-17-242: Published: Feb 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2017.
GAO found weaknesses in the way four selected Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities were implementing their controlled substance inspection programs. Two of the four did not conduct monthly inspections of controlled substances as required by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). For example, one facility missed 43 percent of monthly inspections in critical patient care areas a...
Veterans Health Care: Improvements Needed in Operationalizing Strategic Goals and Objectives
GAO-17-50: Published: Oct 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) uses a multi-step strategic planning process to develop its strategic goals and objectives, which includes two key stepsâ€”(1) identifying and assessing factors that may affect health care delivery, which is referred to as environmental scanning, and (2) holding the annual National Leadership Council (NLC) Strategic Plan...
Veterans Health Administration: Personnel Data Show Losses Increased for Clinical Occupations from Fiscal Year 2011 through 2015, Driven by Voluntary Resignations and Retirements
GAO-16-666R: Published: Jul 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2016.
GAO found that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) collects data on the reasons clinical employees leave the agency and uses that data for planning purposes. VHA collects personnel data on the number of, and reasons for, clinical employee losses, including voluntary resignations, retirements, or removals due to adverse actions, in its human resources databases. VHA also collects more informa...
Electronic Health Records: VA's Efforts Raise Concerns about Interoperability Goals and Measures, Duplication with DOD, and Future Plans
GAO-16-807T: Published: Jul 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2016.
Even as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken numerous initiatives with the Department of Defense (DOD) that were intended to advance the ability of the two departments to share electronic health records, the departments have not identified outcome-oriented goals and metrics to clearly define what they aim to achieve from their interoperability efforts. In an August 2015 report, G...