Health resources utilization (41 - 50 of 100 items)
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-56W: Published: Jan 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1997.
GAO published a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in December 1996 and a listing of reports issued between September 1996 and December 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health; (2) education; (3) employment; (4) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans affairs and military health care...
VA Health Care: Better Data Needed to Effectively Use Limited Nursing Home Resources
HEHS-97-27: Published: Dec 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) nursing home programs, focusing on: (1) the distribution of veterans in VA, community, and state veterans nursing homes; (2) the costs to VA for VA, community, and state veterans nursing homes; (3) the factors affecting VA's use of community and state veterans nursing homes; and (4) whether VA...
Rural Health Clinics: Rising Program Expenditures Not Focused on Improving Care in Isolated Areas
HEHS-97-24: Published: Nov 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Program, focusing on: (1) whether the RHC program is serving a Medicare and Medicaid population that would otherwise have difficulty obtaining primary care; and (2) whether there are controls in place to ensure that costs claimed for reimbursement are reasonable and to target the cost-reimbursement benefit of the progr...
VA Health Care: Issues Affecting Eligibility Reform Efforts
HEHS-96-160: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed various proposals that would simplify and expand eligibility for veterans' health care benefits.GAO found that: (1) the VA health care system was neither designed nor intended to be the primary source of health care services for most veterans; (2) as the eligibility requirements for VA health care have evolved over the years, they have become incre...
VHA's Management Improvement Initiative
HEHS-96-191R: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) progress in implementing health care system management improvement initiatives. GAO noted that: (1) VA is reducing its centrally funded activities by $170 million, equipment purchases by $26 million, and other headquarters-managed accounts by $89 million; (2) VA has deferred most decisions pertaining to the...
VA Health Care: Opportunities for Service Delivery Efficiencies Within Existing Resources
HEHS-96-121: Published: Jul 25, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system, focusing on ways that VA could: (1) operate more efficiently; (2) reduce the resources needed to meet veterans' health care needs; and (3) reorganize its health care system and create efficiency incentives.GAO found that: (1) the VA health care system should be able to resp...
Practice Guidelines: Managed Care Plans Customize Guidelines to Meet Local Interests
HEHS-96-95: Published: May 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how managed health plans make use of existing clinical practice guidelines.GAO found that: (1) clinical practice guidelines promote greater uniformity within physician networks, encourage improved efficiency and clinical decision-making, and eliminate unnecessary care; (2) several health plans have adopted clinical practice guidelines to control co...
Medicare: Private Payer Strategies Suggest Options to Reduce Rapid Spending Growth
T-HEHS-96-138: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
GAO discussed strategies to curb Medicare spending, which has grown by over 10 percent a year since 1989, twice the rate of the national economy. GAO noted that: (1) Medicare has not used tools used by private health care payers to manage and improve its utilization, reimbursement, and claims policies and procedures; (2) Medicare's smaller categories of services, which are typically less managed a...
VA Health Care: Efforts to Improve Veterans' Access to Primary Care Services
T-HEHS-96-134: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) plan to improve veterans' access to primary health care. GAO noted that: (1) by creating new access points, VA may be able to cost-effectively improve users' access to health care and reduce the inequities in veterans' access caused by geographic inaccessibility; (2) creating new access points may increase costs dramatically, since VA failure...
Medicare: Home Health Utilization Expands While Program Controls Deteriorate
HEHS-96-16: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the growth in the use of Medicare home health benefits, focusing on the: (1) changes in the home health industry; (2) composition of Medicare home health users; (3) differences in utilization of home health benefits across geographic areas; (4) incentives to overuse Medicare home health benefits; and (5) effectiveness of payment controls in prevent...