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Vaccine Injury Compensation: Most Claims Took Multiple Years and Many Were Settled through Negotiation
GAO-15-142: Published: Nov 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2014.
Most of more than 9,800 claims filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) since fiscal year 1999 have taken multiple years to adjudicate (see fig.). More than 1,000 (11 percent) of claims filed since fiscal year 1999 were still in process (pending) as of March 31, 2014; most of these were pending for 2 years or less. A greater percentage of the claims filed since fiscal yea...
World Trade Center Health Program: Approach Used to Add Cancers to List of Covered Conditions Was Reasonable, but Could Be Improved
GAO-14-606: Published: Jul 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2014.
The Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)—a program of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—used a hazard-based, multiple-method approach to determine whether to add cancers to the WTCHP list of covered conditions for which treatment may be provided at no cost to an enrollee. Experts who participated in a meeting held by GAO indicated that the Administrato...
Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program: Indicators Provide Information on Program Accomplishments, but Assessing Program Effectiveness is Difficult
GAO-13-746: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2013.
In fiscal year 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) obligated approximately $583.6 million to fund Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) program activities. About 78 percent of obligated funds were from mandatory HCFAC appropriations (budgetary resources provided in laws other than appropriatio...
Inmate Reentry Programs: Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93: Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Labor (Labor), and Health and Human Services (HHS) separately administered nine fragmented but minimally overlapping reentry grant programs with low risk of duplication. Specifically, GAO found that these grant programs are fragmented since more than one federal agency is involved in administering the programs. Further, GAO found that overlap...
Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare Cases, and CMS Efforts to Reduce Fraud
GAO-13-213T: Published: Nov 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2012.
In recently completed work, we found that medical facilities (such as medical centers, clinics, and practices) and durable medical equipment suppliers were the most frequent subjects of criminal fraud cases in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP in 2010. Hospitals and medical facilities were the most frequent subjects of civil fraud cases, including cases that resulted in judgments or settlements. Accord...
Freedom of Information Act: Additional Actions Can Strengthen Agency Efforts to Improve Management
GAO-12-828: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2012.
The major components of the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services have taken a variety of actions to improve management of their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) programs. To reduce their backlogs of outstanding requests, agencies have taken actions that include regularly reporting to management, mobilizing extra resources, and streamlining procedures f...
Drug Control: Initial Review of the National Strategy and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs
GAO-12-744R: Published: Jul 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2012.
To implement the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, ONDCP obtained input from drug control stakeholders to help ensure that they shared responsibility for implementation, established a new process to determine progress made, and reported that most action items in the Strategy were on track or complete as of November 2011. ONDCP officials stated that they developed the 2010 Strategys seven...
School Bullying: Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed
GAO-12-349: Published: May 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2012.
School bullying is a serious problem, and research shows that it can have detrimental outcomes for victims, including adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. According to four nationally representative surveys conducted from 2005 to 2009, an estimated 20 to 28 percent of youth, primarily middle and high school-aged youths, reported they had been bullied during the survey periods. However, d...
Group Purchasing Organizations: Federal Oversight and Self-Regulation
GAO-12-399R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
GPOs are subject to certain federal laws that HHS, DOJ, and FTC are responsible for enforcing. According to HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) officials, since 2004, the office has not routinely exercised its authority to request and review disclosures related to GPOs contract administrative fees, but it has collected information on GPOs contract administrative fees while conduc...
Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse: Agencies Have Begun Coordinating Education Efforts, but Need to Assess Effectiveness
GAO-12-115: Published: Dec 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.
Key measures of prescription pain reliever abuse and misuse increased from 2003 to 2009. The largest increases were in measures of adverse health consequences such as emergency department visits, substance abuse treatment admissions, and unintentional overdose deaths, though increases were not consistent across all measures. Federal officials suggested that increasing availability of prescription...