Department of Health and Human Services, Executive (11 - 20 of 23 items)
Medical Education: Curriculum and Financing Strategies Need to Encourage Primary Care Training
HEHS-95-9: Published: Oct 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the role of medical education in physician specialty choices, focusing on: (1) the students who are more likely to choose generalist or primary care specialties in medical school; (2) the curriculum requirements that expose medical students and residents to primary care training; and (3) how federal financing of medical education influences student...
Medical Review Saving
HEHS-94-93R: Published: Feb 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated a Medicare contractor's 1992 conversion to a shared part-B Medicare claims processing system, focusing on why the contractor's medical review savings decreased significantly between fiscal years 1991 and 1992. GAO noted that: (1) the contractor's reported medical review savings dropped from $51.2 million for 1991 to $24.3 million in 1992; and (2)...
Screening Mammography: Higher Medicare Payments Could Increase Costs Without Increasing Use
HRD-93-50: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: May 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Medicare Program's payment levels and billing procedures for screening mammography, focusing on whether: (1) Medicare payments should be increased so physicians would increase mammography availability by offering it in their offices; and (2) physicians who contract with leasing firms for screening mammography services have problems with Medicar...
Board and Care Homes: Elderly at Risk From Mishandled Medications
HRD-92-45: Published: Feb 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the misuse and mismanagement of residents' medications in board and care homes for the elderly, focusing on whether: (1) staff who work in licensed board and care homes are knowledgeable about the proper handling of medications; (2) staff follow proper procedures for storing, supervising, and administering medications; and (3) residents receive the...
Administration on Aging: Harmonizing Growing Demands and Shrinking Resources
PEMD-92-7: Published: Feb 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information that it had previously presented in a testimony on the Administration on Aging's (AOA) programs and services, focusing on: (1) the match between its missions and resources; (2) how AOA provides technical assistance and oversight to state units on aging; and (3) whether AOA technical assistance meets the needs of state units on aging.GAO...
Medicare: HCFA Should Improve Internal Controls Over Part B Advance Payments
HRD-91-81: Published: Apr 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) controls over Medicare internal control weaknesses, focusing on Georgia's and Florida's carriers' methods for recouping advance payments made to physicians, laboratories, and suppliers under part B regulations.GAO found that: (1) HCFA lack of internal controls over advance payments to part B providers resulted in inappropriate official...
ADP Systems: Better Control Over States' Medicaid Systems Needed
IMTEC-89-19: Published: Aug 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1989.
GAO evaluated the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) management of and control over federal funds for helping states, to acquire, operate, and enhance automated Medicaid systems by reviewing 129 automation-funding requests states made between November 1985 through July 1988.GAO found that HCFA: (1) approved 116 automation requests, totalling about $119 million, which lacked such federal...
Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986: Time Taken by States to Draw Down Formula Grant Funds
GGD-89-78: Published: Jun 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the distribution of Anti-Drug Abuse Act formula grants, focusing on the: (1) length of time the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services (HHS) took to award the grant funds to states; (2) length of time states took to draw down the funds; and (3) organizations to which states awarded the funds.GAO found that: (1) the fede...
Health and Nutrition: Collection of Vital Statistical Data on Hispanics
HRD-88-68BR: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the sampling plans of four national surveys, specifically their health and nutrition data on Hispanics.GAO found that: (1) the surveys included too few minority group members to allow separate nationally projectable estimates of their health or nutritional condition; (2) to overcome this lack of data, two of the surveys oversampled Hispanics, an...
Social Security: Improved Telephone Accessibility Would Better Serve the Public
HRD-86-85: Published: Aug 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1986.
GAO reported the results of a nationwide test of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) telephone accessibility to the public and provided information on SSA standards and telephone reporting activities.GAO noted that SSA: (1) maintains 34 teleservice centers to answer telephone calls in major metropolitan areas or entire states; (2) maintains 20 miniteleservice centers, 12 statewide centers,...