Veterans (71 - 80 of 282 items)
VA Health Care: Improved Planning Needed for Management of Excess Real Property
GAO-03-326: Published: Jan 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has changed from a hospital-based system to primary reliance on outpatient care. As a result, VA expects that the number of unneeded buildings will increase. Veterans' needs could be better served if VA finds ways to minimize resources devoted to these buildings. VA must have an effective process to find alternate uses or dispose of unneeded property. In Aug...
VA Health Care: Implementation of Prescribing Guideline for Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Generally Sound
GAO-02-579: Published: Apr 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services to veterans who have been diagnosed with psychosis--primarily schizophrenia, a disorder that can substantially limit their ability to care for themselves, secure employment, and maintain relationships. These veterans also have a high risk of premature death, including suicide. Effective treatment, especially antipsychotic drug t...
VA Health Care: More National Action Needed to Reduce Waiting Times, but Some Clinics Have Made Progress
GAO-01-953: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) runs one of the nation's largest health care systems. In fiscal year 2000, roughly four million patients made 39 million outpatient visits to more than 700 VA health care facilities nationwide. However, excessive waiting times for outpatient care have been a long-standing problem. To ensure timely access to care, VA established a goal that all nonurgent prim...
VA Health Care: Community-Based Clinics Improve Primary Care Access
GAO-01-678T: Published: May 2, 2001. Publicly Released: May 2, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) efforts to improve veterans' access to health care through its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Initiative. Overall, through its clinics, VHA is steadily making primary care more available within reasonable proximity of patients who have used VHA's system in the past. However, the uneven distribution of patients living more than...
VA Health Care: Expanding Food Service Initiatives Could Save Millions
GAO-01-64: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2000.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could save millions of dollars by systematically consolidating food production, employing Veterans Canteen Service workers to provide inpatient food services, and using competitive sourcing. VA already has experience in implementing these options at several locations, although VA's experience with food service contractors is limited. Using a systematic appro...
Inadequate Oversight of Laundry Facility at the Department of Veterans Affairs Albany, New York, Medical Center
GAO-01-207R: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2000.
This document reviews the Department of Veterans Affairs' oversight of laundry services at its Medical Center in Albany, New York. GAO found inadequate management and oversight of the contract for operating the laundry facility. There was no separation of duties between the quality assurance evaluator and the contracting officer's technical representative. This individual allowed the contractor to...
Response to Questions From Hearing on Patient Safety and Quality of Care at VA Facilities
GAO-01-123R: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
This correspondence responds to follow-up questions to GAO's July 27, 2000, testimony before Congress on patient safety and quality of care at the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). The Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry and VA's Office of Research and Development are not directly linked organizationally. The four centers of Inquiry do not report to and are not funded by the Office of Research a...
VA Health Care: Supply of Nursing Home Beds Is Sufficient to 2005 in the Detroit, Michigan, Area
HEHS-00-164R: Published: Aug 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) needs assessment of nursing home care in Detroit, Michigan.GAO noted that: (1) VA's conclusion in its assessment--that the supply of beds available to VA in 2005 will be sufficient to meet VA's needs--is likely to be correct; (2) even allowing for underestimates by VA regarding demand for nursing home care a...
VA Patient Safety: Initiatives Promising but Continued Progress Requires Culture Change
T-HEHS-00-167: Published: Jul 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) effort to reduce and prevent patient adverse events in VA health care facilities through its new patient safety initiative.GAO noted that: (1) VA has developed a number of initiatives that indicate it is moving toward a culture of safety in which systems are developed or revised to better detect and prevent...
VA and Defense Health Care: Evolving Health Care Systems Require Rethinking of Resource Sharing Strategies
HEHS-00-52: Published: May 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) shared health care resources, focusing on: (1) the benefits gained from sharing; (2) the extent to which VA and DOD are sharing health care resources; and (3) barriers and challenges VA and DOD face in their efforts to share health resources.GAO noted that: (1...