Veterans benefits (61 - 70 of 233 items)
VA Health Care: Important Steps Taken to Enhance Veterans' Care by Aligning Inpatient Services with Projected Needs
GAO-05-160: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. In 1999, GAO reported on VA's aged, obsolete capital assets, noting that better management of these assets could significantly reduce VA's operating costs. GAO further noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care services. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realig...
Catalogue of Federal Insurance Activities
GAO-05-265R: Published: Mar 4, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2005.
The federal government assumes insurance risk for a wide range of activities that are funded through numerous federal budget accounts and administered by a variety of federal organizations. For some activities, such as those funded through the National Flood Insurance account, the federal government assumes the entire insurance risk. The federal government also assumes part of the risk for insuran...
VA Health Care: VA Should Expedite the Implementation of Recommendations Needed to Improve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Services
GAO-05-287: Published: Feb 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2005.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is caused by an extremely stressful event, can develop after military combat and exposure to the threat of death or serious injury. Mental health experts estimate that the intensity of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan could cause more than 15 percent of servicemembers returning from these conflicts to develop PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating an...
VA and DOD Health Care: Efforts to Coordinate a Single Physical Exam Process for Servicemembers Leaving the Military
GAO-05-64: Published: Nov 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2004.
Servicemembers who leave the military and file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be subject to potentially duplicative physical exams in order to meet requirements of both the Department of Defense's (DOD) military services and VA. To streamline the process for these servicemembers, the military services and VA have attempted to coordinate their physical exam requi...
VA and Defense Health Care: More Information Needed to Determine If VA Can Meet an Increase in Demand for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Services
GAO-04-1069: Published: Sep 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2004.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused by an extremely stressful event and can develop after the threat of death or serious injury as in military combat. Experts predict that about 15 percent of servicemembers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will develop PTSD. Efforts by VA to inform new veterans, including Reserve and National Guard members, about the expanded availability of VA health c...
VA Health Care: More Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Blind Veterans Could Better Meet Their Needs
GAO-04-996T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
In fiscal year 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimated that about 157,000 veterans were legally blind, and about 44,000 of these veterans were enrolled in VA health care. The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Ranking Minority Member, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee expressed concerns about VA's rehabilitation services for blind ve...
VA Health Care: VA Needs to Improve Accuracy of Reported Wait Times for Blind Rehabilitation Services
GAO-04-949: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides rehabilitation services to legally blind veterans. These services are intended to help them acquire the skills necessary to become more independent. Almost all of VA's rehabilitation services for legally blind veterans are provided at Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC), an inpatient program. VA reported that the average length of time a veteran wait...
VA Health Care: Resource Allocations to Medical Centers in the Mid South Healthcare Network
GAO-04-444: Published: Apr 21, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
Since fiscal year 1997, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has relied primarily on its 21 health care networks to allocate resources to its medical centers. VA headquarters also directly allocates some resources to the medical centers. In addition, medical centers collect resources from third-party insurance payments and other sources. VA provides general guidance to\ networks for resource al...
VA Health Care: Access for Chattanooga-Area Veterans Needs Improvement
GAO-04-162: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
Veterans residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have had difficulty accessing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. In response, VA has acted to reduce travel times to medical facilities and waiting times for appointments with primary and specialty care physicians. Recently, VA released a draft national plan for restructuring its health care system as part of a planning initiative known as...
VA Long-Term Care: Changes In Service Delivery Raise Important Questions
GAO-04-425T: Published: Jan 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is likely to see a significant increase in long-term care need over the next decade. The number of veterans most in need of longterm care services--those 85 years old and older--is expected to increase from about 870,000 to 1.3 million over this period. Many of these veterans will rely on VA to provide or pay for nursing home care or noninstitutional service...