Program evaluation (121 - 130 of 141 items)
Views on H.R. 3971
B-204289: Published: Sep 15, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.
GAO was asked to comment on proposed legislation which would direct the Comptroller General to assign one employee of GAO to each Veterans Administration (VA) facility providing hospital care. The employee would function as an ombudsman, investigating and reporting on patients' complaints of inadequate health care or treatment. GAO was also asked for the estimated costs of the proposal. Many organ...
Cost of VA Medical Care to Ineligible Persons Is High and Difficult To Recover
HRD-81-77: Published: Jul 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1981.
GAO reviewed the extent to which the Veterans Administration (VA) has strengthened its administrative controls to preclude providing medical care to persons who were found not to be properly entitled to veterans' benefits.Despite recommendations previously made by GAO to improve eligibility determinations, VA has done little to prevent or minimize the abuse of medical benefits by ineligibles. Indi...
VA Home Care Program Is a Cost-Beneficial Alternative to Institutional Care and Should Be Expanded
HRD-81-72: Published: Apr 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
Home health care is generally recognized as a beneficial and cost-effective alternative to prolonged hospital and nursing home care. GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) hospital-based home care program. The objective of the review was to evaluate the program's effectiveness as an alternative to institutional medical care and its potential for expansion.GAO believes that the potential f...
Controls Over Drugs in Veterans Administration Medical Centers
113333: Sep 17, 1980
GAO was asked to report on the controls over drugs in Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Previously, GAO stated that substantial drug losses in VA centers could be reduced and patient care improved by converting from the ward stock pharmacy system to unit dose, an improved system which provides better drug controls. Recognizing that it may not be economically feasible to convert all med...
VA Improved Pension Program: Some Persons Get More Than They Should and Others Less
HRD-80-61: Published: Aug 6, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1980.
Congress hoped that the law improving pensions for needy veterans, which went into effect January 1, 1979, would enable veterans and their survivors to receive benefits above the poverty level and help them avoid turning to welfare, such as the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.Some couples who receive SSI and Veterans Administration (VA) pensions receive more in benefits from these two p...
Activities of the Veterans Administration's Office of the Inspector General
112531: Jun 11, 1980
Activities of the Veterans Administration's (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) were discussed. GAO reviewed an OIG investigation of allegations concerning the medical center at Palo Alto, California. It investigated allegations related to harassment of certain VA employees and observations concerning the recently proposed establishment of a VA Office of Medical Inspector. The present OIG consi...
Problems in Administering the Servicemen's Group Life Insurance Program in the Ready Reserve
FPCD-80-45: Published: May 1, 1980. Publicly Released: May 20, 1980.
The Veterans Administration (VA) and the uniformed services have had problems administering the Servicemen's Group Life Insurance Program and determining the eligibility of some reservists since the Veterans' Insurance Act extended the coverage to members of the Ready Reserve. A large number of reservist are receiving free insurance coverage at the expense of other members because the law has no p...
Veterans Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation Program
111672: Feb 28, 1980
The results of a review of the Veterans Administration's (VA) vocational rehabilitation program are discussed. The program's purpose is to restore employability lost due to a service-connected disability. Program expenditures for fiscal years 1978, 1979, and 1980 are averaging about $100 million annually. Analysis of the available data showed that the program was much less effective than it could...
Review of the Veterans Administration's Services to Incarcerated Veterans
HRD-79-97: Published: Jun 29, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1979.
Since 1974 the Veterans Administration (VA) has increased its outreach effort in terms of the number of penal facilities visited to counsel veterans on their benefits.Although some federal and state prisons were not visited in 1978, veterans were more aware of their benefits and are using them more than in 1974. However, the outreach program still needs improvement. Supervision of VA counselors wa...
Role and Use of Optometry in the Veterans Administration Need Improvement
HRD-78-129: Published: Jun 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1978.
The Veterans Administration's (VA) Department of Medicine and Surgery is responsible for providing medical care (including optometry) for eligible veterans. A significant percentage of veterans have eye/vision disorders which require care.Under the VA present eye/vision program, many veterans may not be receiving the needed care. In comparison to other health care systems, VA employs few optometri...