Review of Veterans Administration's Methodology for Determining Hospital Bed Size

HRD-77-104: Published: May 20, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.

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The process used by the Veterans Administration to determine the bed size of new and replacement health care facilities was evaluated. Three of eight hospitals currently authorized for construction were analyzed.

GAO's results from its computer-based model nearly agrees with the VA's proposed number of beds, but showed that the mix of beds was wrong. The VA was planning too many acute care beds and too few nursing home care beds. Given the significant cost differentials, building and operating costs can be reduced if GAO analyses were used to determine the mix of hospital beds.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The VA should revise the mix of beds for the proposed Bay Pines (Florida), Little Rock (Arkansas), and Richmond (Virginia) hospitals in light of the computer analyses, and discard its present hospital sizing criteria and use a method similar to the one described for all future hospital construction. The Congress should explore to what extent future VA hospitals should treat veterans with nonservice-connected illnesses.


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