Health Professions Education:

Clarifying the Role of Title VII and VIII Programs Could Improve Accountability

T-HEHS-97-117: Published: Apr 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1997.

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GAO discussed reauthorizing health professions education programs established under Title VII and Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act.

GAO noted that: (1) the effectiveness of Title VII and VIII programs will remain difficult to measure as long as they are authorized to support a broad range of health care objectives without common goals, outcome measures, and reporting requirements; (2) the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act and the "clustering" concept offer an opportunity to address these problems by providing the framework and flexibility to clarify the role of Title VII and VIII programs and direct federal efforts to achieve desired outcomes; and (3) however, unless steps are taken with a clear eye to addressing the problems, these developments could meet with little success.

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