Health care facilities (71 - 80 of 84 items)
Analysis of VA Investigations of Allegations Involving the Palo Alto VA Medical Center
HRD-80-106: Published: Aug 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1980.
GAO monitored the Veterans Administration's (VA) Office of Inspector General investigation of allegations made concerning the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. The allegations involved significant increases in the rate of crime, widespread illegal drug use, inadequate support from local and Federal law enforcement agencies, interference by medical center officials in criminal investigations, and repris...
Review of VA's Proposed Hospital Bed and Staff Reductions for Fiscal Year 1979
HRD-78-134: Published: Jul 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1978.
An investigation was conducted of the Veterans Administration's (VA) rationale for cutting over 3,000 operating hospital beds and associated staff from its hospital system. Over the past decade, VA hospitals have been treating a larger number of patients with fewer beds. During that period, about 20,000 hospital beds have been eliminated from the VA system because of improved staffing and an incre...
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...
Inappropriate Number of Acute Care Beds Planned by VA for New Hospitals
HRD-78-102: Published: May 17, 1978. Publicly Released: May 17, 1978.
The Veterans Administration (VA) is planning four replacement hospitals as part of its construction program. VA relied on historical patient work load data trends projected to 1985 from each of the existing facilities in making its estimates of future bed requirements. However, historical data on patient use of existing facilities are not considered a good indicator of future needs if lower-cost a...
Reviews of VA's Planning for Hospitals
104835: Feb 6, 1978
Concerns have been expressed about the long average length of stay at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals. Although VA has taken steps to reduce the length of stay, it is still longer than for comparable patients in community hospitals. Patients often occupy acute care facilities during diagnosis, while waiting for surgery, and during convalescence. VA's plans for sizing of new hospitals are ba...
Reviews of VA's Personal Care Residence and Domiciliary Care Programs
104603: Jan 11, 1978
The Veterans Administration's (VA) personal care residence program provides for community homes with personal supervision, room, board, and other assistance to the veteran. Sponsors have the responsibility of providing or arranging for adequate accommodations, diet, and services. The personal care program can help to free hospital beds, helps to rehabilitate former patients, and is superior to hos...
Findings and Recommendations Contained in Prior GAO Reports on Areas Similar to Those Covered in the National Academy of Sciences' June 1977 Report on Health Care for Veterans
103759: Oct 17, 1977
Follow-up reviews were performed on recommendations contained in GAO reports dealing with subjects covered by the National Academy of Sciences in its June 12, 1977, report on health care for veterans. Reports dealt with: (1) Veterans Administration (VA) contracts with architect-engineering firms; (2) methodology used by VA to determine bed size and the complement of new and replacement hospitals;...
Summary of Issued GAO Reports Relating to Health Care for Veterans
HRD-77-138: Published: Aug 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1977.
Previous GAO reports on health care for veterans dealt with Veterans Administration facilities, staffing, hospital care, and medical school affiliations.In a review of VA contracts with architect-engineering firms, recommendations were made to better determine a firm's responsibility for deficiencies. In a report on methodology for determining needs for beds in hospitals, it was recommended that a...
Review of Veterans Administration's Methodology for Determining Hospital Bed Size
HRD-77-104: Published: May 20, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.
The process used by the Veterans Administration to determine the bed size of new and replacement health care facilities was evaluated. Three of eight hospitals currently authorized for construction were analyzed.GAO's results from its computer-based model nearly agrees with the VA's proposed number of beds, but showed that the mix of beds was wrong. The VA was planning too many acute care beds and...