Health care programs (41 - 50 of 68 items)
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...
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...
VA Health Care: Approaches for Developing Budget-Neutral Eligibility Reform
T-HEHS-96-107: Published: Mar 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1996.
GAO discussed various proposals to reform eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits. GAO noted that: (1) VA health care has evolved from a system primarily providing hospital care to veterans injured during wartime to a system focused on the treatment of low-income veterans with medical conditions unrelated to military service; (2) the eligibility provisions of the VA hea...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Resource Needs
T-HEHS-96-99: Published: Mar 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1996.
GAO discussed ways in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could operate more efficiently and reduce resources needed to meet its mandatory care obligations. GAO noted that: (1) VA has overstated its resource needs to meet its mandatory care obligations because its projections do not reflect the expected decline in the veteran population or the amount of discretionary care it provides, ov...
VA Health Care: Efforts to Increase Sharing With DOD and the Private Sector
T-HEHS-96-41: Published: Oct 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1995.
GAO discussed the status and future direction of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care resources sharing agreements with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the private sector. GAO noted that: (1) Congress has broadened the types of services, beneficiaries, and providers covered under VA sharing agreements, eased burdensome reimbursement provisions, and allowed providing facilities...
VA Health Care: Challenges and Options for the Future
T-HEHS-95-147: Published: May 9, 1995. Publicly Released: May 9, 1995.
GAO discussed the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care program, focusing on: (1) actions needed to improve VA hospitals' efficiency; (2) challenges that threaten the long-term viability of the VA health care system; and (3) options for restructuring the VA health care system. GAO noted that: (1) VA lags far behind the private sector in improving hospital efficiency; (2) VA...
Veterans' Health Care: Use of VA Services by Medicare-Eligible Veterans
HEHS-95-13: Published: Oct 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how various health care reforms could affect Medicare-eligible veterans' demands for health care services, focusing on the: (1) extent to which veterans use the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to obtain services not extensively covered under Medicare; and (2) income and private health insurance coverage of Medicare-eligible veterans who chose e...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-94-199W: Published: Jul 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1994.
GAO presented a list and selected summaries of reports and testimonies published in May and June 1994 and a list of reports and testimonies published between July 1992 and June 1994 relating to such issues as: (1) health services and benefits; (2) elementary, secondary and school-to-work educational programs; (3) employment and training programs; (4) occupational safety and health; (5) social secu...
VA Health Care: Comparison of VA Benefits With Other Public and Private Programs
HRD-93-94: Published: Jul 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) compared the health care benefits available under major public and private programs; and (2) analyzed the potential effects of existing benefit differences on veterans' use of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system.GAO found that: (1) VA has a broader range of covered services than other health benefits programs, but no veteran is...
Better Patient Management Practices Could Reduce Length of Stay in VA Hospitals
HRD-85-52: Published: Aug 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals to determine whether VA: (1) was effectively managing its medical and surgical patients; and (2) could more efficiently reduce the length of stay for these patients.GAO found that, although the VA central office issued policy guidelines which recommended that more efficient patient management practices be used and recognized throughout the medica...