VA Health Care. Additional Efforts to Better Assess Joint Ventures Needed
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Veterans Affairs VA and the Department of Defense DOD have a long history of partnering to achieve more cost effective use of health care resources. Their partnerships have evolved to include joint ventures joint efforts to construct or share medical facilities. VA has maintained eight joint ventures with DOD across the country. VA has also developed partnerships, or affiliations, with university medical schools to obtain health care services for veterans and provide training to medical residents. VA has not entered into a joint venture with an academic affiliate to date. However, several proposals for such joint ventures have surfaced in the last decade. This congressionally requested report discusses the 1 potential benefits and concerns associated with joint ventures and the extent to which they are documented and measured, 2 lessons learned from existing and proposed VA joint ventures, and 3 steps VA has taken to evaluate proposed joint ventures. To address these issues, GAO conducted site visits to and interviews with officials from all existing and proposed joint venture sites.
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