TITLE

FINANCING VA HOSPITALS: THE CASE OF MEDICARE-ELIGIBLE VETERANS

AUTHOR(S)
Forgione, Dana A.; Goodhand, Melony J.; Wrieden, John A.
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management;Fall2007, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p353
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We present a legislative background and assessment of approaches to financing the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare services, and focus on issues related to beneficiaries eligible for both VA and Medicare benefits. We refer to a large, VA Medical Center (VAMC) hospital and healthcare complex as a case for comparison of financing approaches. Several legislative proposals had been made to grant the VA funding transfers from Medicare. To date, none has passed in the Congress. Our analysis shows that payments from Medicare would need to be adjusted for the specialized characteristics of VAMC patients, as well as for higher capital costs related to the federal VAMC mandate to maintain reserve capacity for national health emergencies, in order to appropriately apply Medicare payments.
ACCESSION #
26977682

 

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