Health care (81 - 90 of 90 items)
VA Health Care: Verifying Veterans' Reported Income Could Generate Millions in Copayment Revenues
HRD-92-159: Published: Sep 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) policies and procedures for making copayment decisions, focusing on: (1) whether VA accurately classified veterans who should copay for VA health care; (2) the potential lost copayments from misclassified veterans; and (3) VA use of tax records in determining veterans' copayment status.GAO found that: (1) th...
VA Health Care: Copayment Exemption Procedures Should Be Improved
HRD-92-77: Published: Jun 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines the medical care copayment exemption status of Vietnam veterans who claim Agent Orange exposure; and (2) VA exemption policies and procedures for determining veterans' Agent Orange exposure.GAO found that: (1) the VA guidance does not adequately inform medical centers about...
VA/DOD Health Care: Further Opportunities To Increase the Sharing of Medical Resources
HRD-88-51: Published: Mar 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) implementation of legislation to promote their sharing of health care resources, to determine: (1) whether the two agencies took full advantage of opportunities to share their resources; (2) the adequacy of current incentives to share resources; (3) whether there were any b...
Medical Devices: Early Warning of Problems Is Hampered by Severe Underreporting
PEMD-87-1: Published: Dec 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the communications network and its flow patterns for problems associated with medical devices that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed or approved for marketing, specifically: (1) how hospitals report problems that occur in the use of medical devices; (2) how hospitals, manufacturers, and FDA respond to these probl...
VA Health Care: Too Many Operating Rooms Being Planned and Built
HRD-86-78: Published: Apr 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1986.
GAO examined the Veterans Administration's (VA) method for determining operating room requirements in new and replacement hospitals and identified the differences between VA-stated operating room needs and the requirements a GAO surgical work-load model identified.GAO found that VA is developing an operating room planning model at its Ann Arbor Medical Center that will permit planners to: (1) use...
ADP Systems: Concerns About the Acquisition Plan for DOD's Composite Health Care System
IMTEC-86-12: Published: Mar 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1986.
As required by the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act of 1986, GAO evaluated the DOD methodology and acquisition strategy for selecting and awarding Composite Health Care System (CHCS) contracts.GAO found that, although DOD has implemented a sound methodology for selecting first-stage vendors to compete for CHCS contracts, there are other aspects of its acquisition strategy that could l...
VA Health Care: Opportunities Still Exist for Reducing Fee-Basis Pharmacy Costs
HRD-86-66: Published: Mar 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1986.
GAO followed up on its 1983 report which recommended that the Veterans Administration (VA): (1) reduce the number and cost of prescriptions filled by private pharmacies on a VA-reimbursable, fee-for-service basis; (2) strengthen its efforts to identify prescriptions that should not have been filled by private pharmacies; and (3) deny payments if veterans fail to use VA pharmacies after being asked...
Legislation Needed To Encourage Better Use of Federal Medical Resources and Remove Obstacles to Interagency Sharing
HRD-78-54: Published: Jun 14, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1978.
Concern has been expressed about the increasing costs of medical care in the Nation. The Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration (VA), and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) have the major responsibility for providing health care directly to beneficiaries. Several laws have been enacted to encourage regional cooperation in health care.Federal agencies' participation...
Better Coordination Could Improve the Provision of Federal Health Care in Hawaii
HRD-78-99: Published: May 22, 1978. Publicly Released: May 22, 1978.
In Hawaii, the Department of Defense (DOD), through its military services, the Veterans Administration (VA), and the Public Health Service, provide health care to a beneficiary population of about 230,000 people. Because of its location and size, a unique opportunity exists in Hawaii to ensure that federal health care is delivered more economically without sacrificing the quality of care.The DOD M...
Computed Tomography Scanners: Opportunity for Coordinated Federal Planning Before Substantial Acquisitions
HRD-78-41: Published: Jan 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1978.
Computed tomography scanning is a new diagnostic technique using X-rays. It is of little risk to patients, causes minimal discomfort compared to other diagnostic procedures, and eliminates some shortcomings of conventional X-ray methods. Scanners cost from $300,000 to $700,000 each; operation and maintenance expenses are estimated at several hundred thousand dollars a year. As many as 2,500 scanne...