Health care services (81 - 90 of 165 items)
Department of Veterans Affairs: Key Management Challenges in Health and Disability Programs
GAO-03-756T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
In previous GAO reports and testimonies on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and in its ongoing reviews, GAO identified major management challenges related to enhancing access to health care, improving the efficiency of health care delivery, and improving the effectiveness of disability programs. This testimony underscores the importance of continuing to make progress in addressing these ch...
VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation to Health Care Networks
GAO-02-744T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $21 billion in fiscal year 2001 to treat 3.8 million veterans--most of whom had service-connected disabilities or low incomes. Since 1997, VA has used the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system to allocate most of its medical care appropriation. GAO found that VERA has had a substantial impact on network resource allocations and workloads...
VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation
GAO-02-685T: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system allocated $17.8 billion of its $20.3 billion health care budget to 22 regional health care networks in fiscal year 2001. Before Vera resources were allocated to facilities on the basis of their historical expenditures. By aligning resources with workloads VERA shifted about$921 million among VA's networks in fiscal year 2001. VERA's design i...
VA Long-Term Care: Implementation of Certain Millennium Act Provisions Is Incomplete, and Availability of Noninstitutional Services Is Uneven
GAO-02-510R: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $3.1 billion on long-term care in fiscal year 2001, This amount is likely to increase as the veteran population ages. VA provides or pays for long-term care in institutional settings, such as nursing homes, or in veteran's own homes and other community locations. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 1999 required VA to offer lo...
VA Long-Term Care: The Availability of Noninstitutional Services Is Uneven
GAO-02-652T: Published: Apr 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2002.
Noninstitutional long-term care services are delivered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans in their own homes and other community locations. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act requires VA to offer long-term care services to eligible veterans, including services provided in noninstitutional settings. More than two years after the act's passage, VA has yet to off...
VA and Defense Health Care: Progress and Challenges DOD Faces in Executing a Military Medical Surveillance System
GAO-02-173T: Published: Oct 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2001.
The Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are establishing a medical surveillance system for the health care needs of military personnel and veterans. The system will collect and analyze information on deployments, environmental health threats, disease monitoring, medical assessments, and medical encounters. GAO has identified weaknesses in DOD's medical surveillance capability an...
Veterans' Health Care: Observations on VA's Assessment of Hepatitis C Budgeting and Funding
GAO-01-661T: Published: Apr 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2001.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested and received $195 million for Hepatitis C screening and treatment in fiscal year 2000. VA's budget documentation showed that it had spent $100 million on Hepatitis C screening and treatment, leaving a difference of $95 million between its estimated and actual expenditures. However, GAO's review revealed that the difference was actually much larger-...
VA Drug Formulary: Better Oversight Is Required, but Veterans Are Getting Needed Drugs
GAO-01-183: Published: Jan 29, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2001.
During the last three years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant progress in establishing its national drug formulary, which has generally met with the prescriber acceptance. Most veterans are receiving the drugs the need and rarely register complaints about prescription drugs. However, VA has not been sufficient to ensure that the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (V...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-01-255: Published: Jan 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2001.
This report, part of GAO's performance and accountability series, discusses the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health care access for veterans, compensation and pension claims processing, and agencywide management strategies are some of the most critical challenges facing the agency.Below are the reports in this series:High Risk Series: An...
VA and Defense Health Care: Evolving Health Care Systems Require Rethinking of Resource Sharing Strategies
HEHS-00-52: Published: May 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) shared health care resources, focusing on: (1) the benefits gained from sharing; (2) the extent to which VA and DOD are sharing health care resources; and (3) barriers and challenges VA and DOD face in their efforts to share health resources.GAO noted that: (1...