Health care programs (61 - 70 of 90 items)
VA Medical Care: Increasing Recoveries From Private Health Insurers Will Prove Difficult
HEHS-98-4: Published: Oct 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to recover from private health insurers the costs it incurs to provide health care services to veterans with no service-connected disabilities, focusing on: (1) those factors that limit VA's ability to recover more of its billed charges; (2) VA's ability to achieve its revenue targets by identifying...
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...
Medicare: Comparative Information on Medicare and VA Patients, Services, and Payment Rates for Home Oxygen
HEHS-97-151R: Published: Jun 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on GAO's analysis of the Medicare and Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) payment rates, focusing on: (1) the comparability of the Medicare and VA home oxygen patient populations used in GAO's analysis; (2) differences in the frequency and quality of services Medicare and VA expect from their suppliers; (3) differences in the use of po...
VA Health Care: Assessment of VA's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget Proposal
T-HEHS-97-121: Published: May 1, 1997. Publicly Released: May 1, 1997.
GAO discussed the President's 1998 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.GAO noted that: (1) while VA's budget goals may be attainable, they carry implications such as limited deficit reduction contributions and potential risks to low-income uninsured veterans; (2) achieving increased efficiency is not contingent on either increases in patients served or res...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Programmatic and Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-97-97: Published: Mar 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1997.
GAO discussed some of the major challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and some of the options for deficit reduction through changes in VA benefits and programs.GAO noted that: (1) significant improvements have occurred in the efficiency of the VA health care system; (2) VA's new management and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) structure clearly values efficiency and cu...
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits: Effects of Revised HCFA Policy on Veterans' Use of Benefits
HEHS-97-72R: Published: Mar 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) historical purpose of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) aid and attendance (A&A) benefits and the policies affecting the use of these benefits; (2) medical, demographic, and economic characteristics of veterans who receive these benefits; and (3) impact of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) 1994 A&A pol...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Significantly Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
HEHS-97-15: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements to veterans, focusing on: (1) what OTC products VA pharmacies dispense; (2) how VA provision of OTC products compares with that of non-VA health care providers; (3) how much VA spends on OTC products and how much VA recovers through veterans' copayments;...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-29W: Published: Oct 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1996.
GAO presented a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in September 1996 and a listing of reports issued in June 1996 through September 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health care reform; (2) Medicare and Medicaid; (3) higher education; (4) training and employment; (5) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans' and military health care...
Veterans' Health Care: Challenges for the Future
T-HEHS-96-172: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1996.
GAO discussed the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system. GAO noted that: (1) VA hospitals' workload has decreased 56 percent during the last 25 years and will probably decrease further as more veterans die and delivery settings and health care plans change; (2) the demand for nursing home care has increased for veterans 85 years of age and older; (3) VA and other pu...
Veterans' Health Care: VA's Approaches to Meeting Veterans' Home Health Care Needs
HEHS-96-68: Published: Mar 15, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meets veterans' home health care needs, focusing on: (1) the characteristics and services of the home health care programs VA uses; (2) the available data describing program costs; and (3) how VA ensures that veterans receive quality home care services.GAO found that: (1) most veterans rece...