Accession Number : ADA293214

Title :   An Analysis of a VA/DoD High-Tech Joint Venture at Womack Army Medical Center.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 92-Jul 93,

Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATI ON

Personal Author(s) : Hays, Harry M.

PDF Url : ADA293214

Report Date : JUL 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : According to the August 1992 issue of U.S. Medicine, DoD and VA Hospitals had signed and executed 660 locally initiated sharing agreements, and have recently begun to enter into capital intensive joint ventures such as diagnostic imaging centers and even construction of hospitals. The primary objectives of VA/DoD joint ventures are to improve services to both VA and DoD beneficiaries through increased availability and accessibility to new technologies and services, and to reduce costs to the government by minimizing duplication and inefficient utilization of health care resources (Ramon, 1992). Even though studies to determine the cost effectiveness of VA/DoD joint ventures are absent in the literature, lobbying efforts by special interest groups to expand the 'joint venture' concept have intensified with the expectation that cost savings will be realized by participating organizations (Tokarski, 1989). Using a specific example of a local Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) joint venture between the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (FVAMC) and Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC), the management problem was to determine how effective this joint venture has been at improving patient access to MRI technology.

Descriptors :   *MAGNETIC RESONANCE, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *DIAGNOSIS(GENERAL), *PATIENTS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, MANAGEMENT, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ARMY FACILITIES, COSTS, MEDICINE, CONSTRUCTION, SHARING, IMAGES, ACCESS, RESOURCES, AGREEMENTS, HOSPITALS, SAVINGS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE