Patient care services (51 - 60 of 70 items)
VA Health Care: Veterans' Demand for Outpatient Care
HRD-89-70: Published: May 31, 1989. Publicly Released: May 31, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the demand of category A veterans for outpatient medical care at Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) clinics, focusing on how: (1) many veterans could have been classified as category A in 1986; (2) many of the total visits to VA clinics category A veterans made in 1986; and (3) the estimated usage rate of category A veterans with service-conne...
VA Hospital Care: A Comparison of VA and HCFA Methods for Analyzing Patient Outcomes
PEMD-88-29: Published: Jun 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the Veterans Administration's (VA) methodology for analyzing its hospitals' mortality rates with the approach the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) used to analyze the mortality rates of hospitals treating Medicare patients.GAO found that VA modeled its approach after the method HCFA used in its 1987 analyses, although VA: (1) relied on i...
VA Health Care: Monitoring of Cardiac Surgery and Kidney Transplantation
HRD-88-70: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) monitoring of its Cardiac Surgery Program and Kidney Transplant Program, focusing on whether VA: (1) developed adequate performance standards; (2) centers met these standards; and (3) adequately monitored centers' performance.GAO found that VA: (1) required its cardiac surgery centers to perform at least 100 proce...
VA Health Care: Resource Allocation Methodology Should Improve VA's Financial Management
HRD-87-123BR: Published: Aug 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Veterans Administration's (VA) new methodology for allocating resources among its medical centers, focusing on: (1) the objectives and function of the methodology; (2) how the methodology will improve VA financial management; (3) problems in VA implementation of the methodology; and (4) limitations on assessing the methodology's impact on VA he...
VA Health Care: VA's Patient Injury Control Program Not Effective
HRD-87-49: Published: May 18, 1987. Publicly Released: May 21, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the patient injury control function in the Veterans Administration's (VA) quality assurance program.At the nine centers GAO visited, it found that: (1) the patient injury control program was not effective in preventing the recurrence of unexpected deaths and surgical complications; (2) in fiscal year (FY) 1985, VA medical cente...
VA Health Care: Support Lacking for Mission Change at Miles City, Montana, Medical Center
HRD-87-13: Published: Feb 13, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) proposal to change the Miles City, Montana, medical center from a predominately acute care to a predominately extended care facility, specifically: (1) the justification for the proposed change; (2) whether the change would be in the best interests of area veterans; and (3) how easily VA could implement the cha...
VA Hospitals: Surgical Residents Need Closer Supervision
HRD-86-15: Published: Jan 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals' supervision of surgical residents to determine whether: (1) the supervision is adequate; (2) VA is monitoring this supervision; and (3) the supervision in VA hospitals is comparable to that in non-VA hospitals.GAO reviewed surgical resident supervision at 10 VA and 15 non-VA hospitals and sent questionnair...
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...
Information on Veterans' Ability To Defray the Cost of Their Inpatient Care
HRD-85-63: Published: May 3, 1985. Publicly Released: May 3, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) comprehensive reform of eligibility criteria for medical care which will include an income-based test for veterans with no service-connected disabilities. GAO determined the extent to which veterans under age 65 who received inpatient care had incomes that permitted them to pay for that care.GAO found that: (1) veterans with service-connected disabil...
Improvements Needed in Quality Assurance for Open Heart Surgery
HRD-84-22: Published: Feb 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1984.
GAO reviewed the policies, procedures, and practices of the Veterans Administration's (VA) Department of Medicine and Surgery (DM&S) for assessing and ensuring the quality of open heart surgery programs at VA medical centers.DM&S relies on an expert committee of VA and non-VA physicians to assess the quality of open heart surgery programs and to identify problem open heart surgery programs. Howeve...