Veterans (11 - 20 of 282 items)
VA's Health Care Budget: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Tracking of Obligations and Projected Utilization
GAO-16-374T: Published: Feb 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2016.
GAO's ongoing work indicates that two areas accounted for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fiscal year 2015 projected funding gap of $2.75 billion. Specifically,Higher-than-expected obligations for VA's longstanding care in the community (CIC) program—which allows veterans to obtain care from providers outside of VA facilities—accounted for $2.34 billion or 85 percent of VA's projected...
DOD and VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Appropriate Medication Continuation and Prescribing Practices
GAO-16-158: Published: Jan 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have collaborated to develop clinical practice guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The mild TBI guideline does not include recommendations based on scientific evidence regarding the use of medications to treat symptoms because of...
VA Mental Health: Action Needed to Improve Access Policies and Wait-Time Data
GAO-16-170T: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
The way in which the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) calculates veteran mental health wait times may not always reflect the overall amount of time a veteran waits for care. VHA uses a veteran’s preferred date (determined when an appointment is scheduled) to calculate the wait time for that patient’s full mental health evaluation, the primary entry po...
VA Primary Care: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Ensure Timely Access and Efficient Delivery of Care
GAO-16-83: Published: Oct 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2015.
GAO found that the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) data on primary care panel sizes—that is, the number of patients VA providers and support staff are assigned as part of their patient portfolio—are unreliable across VA's 150 medical facilities and cannot be used to monitor facilities' management of primary care. Specifically, as part of its review, GAO found missing values and other inac...
VA Real Property: Actions Underway to Improve the Leasing of Outpatient Clinics
GAO-15-723T: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
In its April 2014 report, GAO found that schedules were delayed and costs increased for the majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) leased outpatient projects reviewed. As of January 2014, GAO found that 39 of the 41 projects reviewed—with a contract value of about $2.5 billion—experienced schedule delays, ranging from 6 months to 13.3 years, with an average delay of 3.3 years. Th...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed to the Monitoring of Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and the Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-648T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy states that antidepressant treatment must be consistent with VA's current clinical practice guideline (CPG) for major depressive disorder (MDD); however, GAO's recent review of 30 veterans' medical records found that most contained deviations. For example, although the CPG recommends that veterans' depressive symptoms be assessed at 4-6 weeks after initia...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Monitoring and Oversight of Non-VA and Contract Care
GAO-15-654T: Published: Jun 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2015.
GAO's recent work has found significant weaknesses in the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) monitoring and oversight of its Non-VA Medical Care Program. Through this program, care is provided to veterans by non-VA providers in non-VA facilities. As GAO reported in May 2013, VA did not collect data on wait times veterans face in obtaining care from non-VA providers. Having data on wait times for...
Land-Use Agreements: Improved Data Reliability and Monitoring Needed for Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-15-134T: Published: Feb 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2015.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Capital Asset Inventory system—the system VA utilizes to record land-use agreements and revenues—VA had hundreds of land-use agreements with tens of millions of dollars in estimated revenues for fiscal year 2012, but GAO's review raised questions about the reliability of those data. For example, one land-use agreement was recorded 37 times,...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-55: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 shows that about 10 percent of veterans who received VA health care services were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD is characterized by depressed mood or loss of interest along with other symptoms for 2 weeks or more that represent a change in the way individuals function from their prev...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Adequate and Qualified Nurse Staffing
GAO-15-61: Published: Oct 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014.
The seven Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMC) in GAO's review implemented the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) nurse staffing methodology, experienced problems developing and executing the related nurse staffing plans, and some reported improvements in nurse staffing. Specifically, GAO found that each of the seven VAMCs had developed a facility-wide staffing plan—which ou...