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Disaster Preparedness: Limitations in Federal Evacuation Assistance for Health Facilities Should be Addressed
GAO-06-826: Published: Jul 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2006.
Hurricane Katrina demonstrated difficulties involved in evacuating communities and raised questions about how hospitals and nursing homes plan for evacuations and how the federal government assists. Due to broad-based congressional interest, GAO assessed the evacuation of hospital patients and nursing home residents. Under the Comptroller General's authority to conduct evaluations on his own initi...
Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Due to Hurricanes
GAO-06-443R: Published: Feb 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2006.
During disasters, administrators of health care facilities are faced with decisions about how to operate and care for patients, including when and how to evacuate patients if the facility becomes unable to support adequate care, treatment, or services. Hospitals and nursing homes are required to have plans in place that describe how they will operate during emergencies. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...
Public Service Announcement Campaigns: Activities and Financial Obligations for Seven Federal Departments
GAO-06-304: Published: Jan 13, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2006.
Government-sponsored public service announcement (PSA) campaigns are prepackaged messages generally placed for free through various media to promote designated government activities, programs, or services. Although PSAs may be placed for free, PSA campaigns may still incur financial obligations for production. GAO was mandated to provide information about federal PSA campaign activities by a House...
Health Information Technology: HHS Is Taking Steps to Develop a National Strategy
GAO-05-628: Published: May 27, 2005. Publicly Released: May 27, 2005.
To prevent medical errors, reduce costs, improve quality, and produce greater value for health care expenditures, President Bush has called for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of health information technology (IT) in both the public and private health care sectors. The Departments of Defense (DOD) an...
Major Management Challenges at SSA
GAO-03-995RNI: Published: Jul 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2003.
The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means requested responses to some additional questions he had about GAO's recent testimony before the full Committee on waste, fraud and abuse in certain Social Security and welfare programs.The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 prohibited fugitive felons and probation and parole...
Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Much Biomedical Equipment Status Information Available, Yet Concerns Remain
T-AIMD-99-197: Published: May 25, 1999. Publicly Released: May 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the year 2000 compliance status of biomedical equipment, focusing on: (1) the status of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Federal Year 2000 Biomedical Equipment Clearinghouse; (2) the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) positions on GAO's recommendation to obtain and review the test re...
Adults With Severe Disabilities: Federal and State Approaches for Personal Care and Other Services
HEHS-99-101: Published: May 14, 1999. Publicly Released: May 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on community-based, long-term care for severely disabled adults, focusing on: (1) the number and characteristics of adults with severe disabilities; (2) the federal assistance available to such individuals; (3) Medicaid coverage of personal care and related services; and (4) how a sample of selected states have implemented Medicaid poli...
Specialty Care: Heart Attack Survivors Treated by Cardiologists More Likely to Take Recommended Drugs
HEHS-99-6: Published: Dec 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential differences in treatment patterns for health maintenance organizations (HMO) patients treated by specialists and those treated by generalist physicians, focusing on: (1) the proportion of Medicare heart attack survivors enrolled in HMOs who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, and aspirin; and (2) whether Medicare heart att...
Medicare: Home Oxygen Program Warrants Continued HCFA Attention
HEHS-98-17: Published: Nov 7, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the appropriateness of Medicare's reimbursement rates for home oxygen, focusing on: (1) its comparison of Medicare and Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) payment rates; (2) concerns about access to liquid oxygen systems and lightweight portable equipment for patients who are highly active; and (3) standards for the services associated with meetin...
Hispanic Employment Statistics
GGD-96-85R: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided statistical information on Hispanic employment at eight selected executive departments in 1994, focusing on the percentage of Hispanics: (1) at certain grade levels; and (2) that received appointments, conversions, promotions, and outstanding performance appraisals. GAO noted that: (1) the Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department...