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The GAO published “Veterans Affairs Contracting: Improvements in Buying Medical and Surgical Supplies Could Yield Cost Savings and Efficiency,” (GAO-18-274T) on Dec 7, 2017. This report addresses the extent to which VA's implementation of MSPV-NG has been effective in meeting program goals. http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688797.pdf


The GAO published “Veterans Affairs Information Technology: Historical Perspective on Health System Modernization Contracts and Update on Efforts to Address Key FITARA-Related Areas,” (GAO-18-267T) on Dec 7, 2017. This report summarizes its previous and ongoing work regarding VA's history of efforts to modernize VistA, including past use of contractors, and the department's recent effort to acquire a commercial electronic health record system to replace VistA. http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688794.pdf



The GAO published “VA Health Care: Improved Oversight Needed for Reviewing and Reporting Providers for Quality and Safety Concerns,” (GAO-18-260T) on Nov. 29, 2017.  In this report, the GAO examined the reviewing process of the clinical care delivered by privileged providers—physicians and dentists who are approved to independently perform specific services—after concerns are raised. http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688624.pdf


There were no relevant reports published this week.


The GAO published Department of Defense: Telehealth Use in Fiscal Year 2016,” (GAO-18-108R) on Nov. 14, 2017.  This report describes DoD's use of telehealth for active duty service members and other beneficiaries. GAO reviewed DoD telehealth data for fiscal year 2016, including data on the volume of synchronous and asynchronous encounters provided to beneficiaries through DOD's direct and purchased care components, the type of clinical service provided through telehealth, and the geographic location of providers. http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688345.pdf

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