Performance measures (71 - 80 of 124 items)
Vocational Rehabilitation: VA Has Opportunities to Improve Services, but Faces Significant Challenges
GAO-05-572T: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program has taken on heightened importance due, in large measure, to the number of servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries and their need for vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance. This statement draws on over 20 years of GAO's reporting on VA's provision of vocational...
VA Long-Term Care: More Accurate Measure of Home-Based Primary Care Workload Is Needed
GAO-04-913: Published: Sep 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of long-term care services that includes nursing home care and noninstitutional care provided in community-based settings or in the homes of veterans. One important noninstitutional service is home-based primary care, which uses a multidisciplinary team approach involving VA health care providers and others such as social workers to treat...
VA Health Care: More Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Blind Veterans Could Better Meet Their Needs
GAO-04-996T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
In fiscal year 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimated that about 157,000 veterans were legally blind, and about 44,000 of these veterans were enrolled in VA health care. The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Ranking Minority Member, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee expressed concerns about VA's rehabilitation services for blind ve...
VA Health Care: VA Needs to Improve Accuracy of Reported Wait Times for Blind Rehabilitation Services
GAO-04-949: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides rehabilitation services to legally blind veterans. These services are intended to help them acquire the skills necessary to become more independent. Almost all of VA's rehabilitation services for legally blind veterans are provided at Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC), an inpatient program. VA reported that the average length of time a veteran wait...
Computer-Based Patient Records: Improved Planning and Project Management Are Critical to Achieving Two-Way VA-DOD Health Data Exchange
GAO-04-811T: Published: May 19, 2004. Publicly Released: May 19, 2004.
Providing readily accessible health information on veterans and active duty military personnel is highly essential to ensuring that these individuals are given quality health care and assistance in adjudicating disability claims. Moreover, ready access to health information is consistent with the President's recently announced intention to provide electronic health records for most Americans withi...
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...
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...
Veterans' Benefits: Claims Processing Timeliness Performance Measures Could Be Improved
GAO-03-282: Published: Dec 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2002.
The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, asked GAO to assist the Committee in its oversight of the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) efforts to improve compensation and pension claims processing. As part of this effort, GAO assessed (1) whether VBA's key timeliness measure clearly reflects its performance and (2) whether it has adequate data to measur...