Physicians (21 - 30 of 53 items)
VA Health Care: Inadequate Enforcement of Federal Ethics Requirements at VA Medical Centers
HRD-93-39S: Published: May 12, 1993. Publicly Released: May 14, 1993.
GAO provided a supplement evaluating the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) responses to a previous GAO report and recommendations concerning senior VA medical center managers' dual employment at medical schools and the possibility for conflict-of-interest.GAO found that: (1) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged that conflict-of-interest situations may have occurred and that enforc...
VA Health Care: Medical Centers Are Not Correcting Identified Quality Assurance Problems
HRD-93-20: Published: Dec 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) administration of medical centers, focusing on: (1) inadequate reporting and investigation of patient incidents; and (2) VA failure to properly document the supervision of resident physicians.GAO found that: (1) four of the five medical centers visited underreported patient incidents involving deaths and med...
Veterans' Benefits: Availability of Benefits in American Samoa
HRD-93-16: Published: Nov 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of medical services and other benefits, such as pensions and home loans, to veterans in American Samoa.GAO found that: (1) the medical facilities in American Samoa are limited; (2) supply problems have affected patient care; (3) the primary purpose of visiting doctors was to perform examinations fo...
VA Health Care: Inadequate Controls Over Scarce Medical Specialist Contracts
T-HRD-92-50: Published: Aug 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1992.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to strengthen its management controls over contracts for medical specialists. GAO noted that: (1) VA still lacks management controls to ensure that medical centers are avoiding contracting problems; (2) VA needs to provide better staffing guidelines for medical centers and utilize reviewers to develop and evaluate contrac...
VA Health Care: Copayment Exemption Procedures Should Be Improved
HRD-92-77: Published: Jun 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines the medical care copayment exemption status of Vietnam veterans who claim Agent Orange exposure; and (2) VA exemption policies and procedures for determining veterans' Agent Orange exposure.GAO found that: (1) the VA guidance does not adequately inform medical centers about...
Health Care: Readiness of U.S. Contingency Hospital Systems to Treat War Casualties
T-HRD-92-17: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO discussed the adequacy of plans by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations to care for wartime casualties returning to the United States. GAO noted that in 1984, several federal, state, local, and private-sector agencies established the National Medical Disaster System (NMDS) to provide care to casualties from civilian disasters or military conflicts...
Alcoholism Screening Procedures at VA Medical Centers
T-HRD-91-15: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
GAO discussed five Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical centers' procedures for diagnosing and treating veterans' alcohol use problems. GAO noted that: (1) 29 percent of the veterans it surveyed at the five centers indicated that they had alcohol use problems, and an additional 14 percent provided information that raised suspicion of alcohol use problems; (2) the five centers provided alco...
VA Health Care: Alcoholism Screening Procedures Should Be Improved
HRD-91-71: Published: Mar 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed how Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) physicians detected alcohol use problems in veterans who applied for health care at VA medical centers; and (2) compared the number of veterans at five VA medical centers who potentially needed alcohol use treatment to the number of veterans receiving treatment at those centers.GAO found that: (1) 29 pe...
Veterans' Compensation: Medical Reports Adequate for Initial Disability Ratings but Need to Be More Timely
HRD-90-115: Published: May 30, 1990. Publicly Released: May 30, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) whether Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regional offices were requesting medical examinations for impaired veterans who applied for disability benefits; and (2) whether medical reports from VA medical centers were adequate, complete, and timely for eligibility determinations.GAO found that: (1) VA regional offices requested examinations...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Procedures to Assure Physicians Are Qualified
HRD-89-77: Published: Aug 22, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) physician credentialing and privileging processes, focusing on: (1) policies, procedures, and implementation of the credentialing program required by law; and (2) VA policies and procedures on granting or rescinding physician privileges.GAO found that: (1) although VA was required to obtain physician licensi...