Assessment of Information Needs for Veterans Administration, Department of Medicine and Surgery
PAD-79-8: Published: Feb 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1979.
- Full Report:
The Veterans Administration (VA) medical care programs are significant because of the size of their appropriations and the very large numbers of patients treated. This Information Requirements Document contains recommendations for revising the display of budget and program information concerning the programs and activities funded through the medical care appropriation account and three related accounts of the VA. It is designed to reflect the emphasis of the authorizing legislation on types of care and methods of care delivery, with data on beneficiary groups being a separate information element for each type of care. The goal in analyzing these accounts was to develop improvements concerning the classifications structures which display information concerning the programs funded through these accounts, and information elements provided for each level of the classification structure. The principal objectives of the proposed structure are to: (1) provide a comprehensive overview presentation of the total funding for medical care and related programs and activities carried out by the VA; and (2) provide a uniform framework for viewing medical care programs funded through various accounts.
Some of the specific changes in the GAO proposal concern the information display for: (1) hospital care, nursing home care, and domiciliary care; (2) methods of care delivery and financial assistance to state homes; (3) outpatient care; (4) education and training, and the expenses for them; and (5) miscellaneous benefits and services.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.
Recommendation: The proposed structure should be used for overview purposes in presenting budgetary and other information on the various medical care programs and activities. Initially, the integrated structure should be used for informational purposes in the form of a supplemental overview in the VA budget justifications. However, once the structure has been tried and tested, the individual classification structures used for each of the medical care related accounts should be revised to conform to the appropriate elements of the integrated structure.