Veterans hospitals (91 - 100 of 432 items)
VA Health Care: Access for Chattanooga-Area Veterans Needs Improvement
GAO-04-162: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
Veterans residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have had difficulty accessing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. In response, VA has acted to reduce travel times to medical facilities and waiting times for appointments with primary and specialty care physicians. Recently, VA released a draft national plan for restructuring its health care system as part of a planning initiative known as...
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...
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: Improved Planning Needed for Management of Excess Real Property
GAO-03-326: Published: Jan 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has changed from a hospital-based system to primary reliance on outpatient care. As a result, VA expects that the number of unneeded buildings will increase. Veterans' needs could be better served if VA finds ways to minimize resources devoted to these buildings. VA must have an effective process to find alternate uses or dispose of unneeded property. In Aug...
VA Health Care: Implementation of Prescribing Guideline for Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Generally Sound
GAO-02-579: Published: Apr 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services to veterans who have been diagnosed with psychosis--primarily schizophrenia, a disorder that can substantially limit their ability to care for themselves, secure employment, and maintain relationships. These veterans also have a high risk of premature death, including suicide. Effective treatment, especially antipsychotic drug t...
VA Health Care: More National Action Needed to Reduce Waiting Times, but Some Clinics Have Made Progress
GAO-01-953: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) runs one of the nation's largest health care systems. In fiscal year 2000, roughly four million patients made 39 million outpatient visits to more than 700 VA health care facilities nationwide. However, excessive waiting times for outpatient care have been a long-standing problem. To ensure timely access to care, VA established a goal that all nonurgent prim...
VA Health Care: Continuing Oversight Needed to Achieve Formulary Goals
GAO-01-998T: Published: Jul 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2001.
Although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant progress establishing a national formulary that has generally met with acceptance by prescribers and patients, VA oversight has not fully ensured standardization of its drug benefit nationwide. The three medical centers GAO visited did not comply with the national formulary. Specifically, two of the three medical centers omitted...
VA Health Care: Community-Based Clinics Improve Primary Care Access
GAO-01-678T: Published: May 2, 2001. Publicly Released: May 2, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) efforts to improve veterans' access to health care through its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Initiative. Overall, through its clinics, VHA is steadily making primary care more available within reasonable proximity of patients who have used VHA's system in the past. However, the uneven distribution of patients living more than...
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...
VA Health Care: Expanding Food Service Initiatives Could Save Millions
GAO-01-64: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2000.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could save millions of dollars by systematically consolidating food production, employing Veterans Canteen Service workers to provide inpatient food services, and using competitive sourcing. VA already has experience in implementing these options at several locations, although VA's experience with food service contractors is limited. Using a systematic appro...