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Nursing Homes: Additional Steps Needed to Strengthen Enforcement of Federal Quality Standards
HEHS-99-46: Published: Mar 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the enforcement of federal nursing home standards, focusing on: (1) national data on the existence of serious deficiencies in nursing home compliance with Medicare and Medicaid standards; and (2) the use of sanction authority for homes that failed to maintain compliance with the standards.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work showed that wh...
Medicare Computer Systems: Year 2000 Challenges Put Benefits and Services in Jeopardy
AIMD-98-284: Published: Sep 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is: (1) making progress in renovating its Medicare systems to be year 2000 (Y2K) compliant; (2) directing and overseeing the Y2K effort; (3) ensuring that all data exchanges necessary for processing Medicare claims are identified, renovated, tested, and validated; and (4) developin...
California Nursing Homes: Federal and State Oversight Inadequate to Protect Residents in Homes With Serious Care Violations
T-HEHS-98-219: Published: Jul 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1998.
GAO discussed its findings on nursing home care in California, focusing on: (1) care problems identified in recent state and federal quality reviews that California conducted in the last 2 or 3 years; (2) obstacles to federal and state efforts to identify care problems; and (3) implementation of federal enforcement policies to ensure that homes correct problems identified and then sustain complian...
California Nursing Homes: Care Problems Persist Despite Federal and State Oversight
HEHS-98-202: Published: Jul 27, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed allegations that residents in California nursing homes are not receiving acceptable care, focusing on: (1) examining, through a medical record review, whether these allegations had merit and whether serious care problems currently exist; (2) reviewing the adequacy of federal and state efforts in monitoring nursing home care through annual surveys;...
Health Care Quality: Implications of Purchasers' Experiences for HCFA
HEHS-98-69: Published: Jun 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined how large purchasers use quality-related data to seek or promote better quality of care and lessons that can be learned from their experiences for the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).GAO noted that: (1) after collecting and making use of quality-related data, the purchasers GAO studied reported that in addition to cost savings, they s...
Social Security Reform: Raising Retirement Ages Improves Program Solvency but May Cause Hardship for Some
T-HEHS-98-207: Published: Jul 15, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed raising the retirement age for social security benefits, focusing on: (1) how raising the retirement ages could affect social security's long-term solvency and the U.S. economy; (2) how the labor market for older workers might respond to these changes; and (3) the possible impacts from raising the retirement ages on the Disability Insurance (DI) a...
Medicare Billing: Commercial System Could Save Hundreds of Millions Annually
AIMD-98-91: Published: Apr 15, 1998. Publicly Released: May 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) used an adequate methodology for testing the commercial claims auditing system for potential nationwide implementation with its Medicare claims processing system.GAO noted that: (1) the test methodology HCFA used in Iowa was consistent with the approach used by other public health care insurer...
Medicare: Need to Overhaul Costly Payment System for Medical Equipment and Supplies
HEHS-98-102: Published: May 12, 1998. Publicly Released: May 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare's payments for commonly purchased, off-the-shelf durable medical equipment (DME), focusing on the need to: (1) better identify products billed to Medicare; and (2) bring Medicare fees more in line with current marketplace prices.GAO noted that: (1) there are two underlying problems with Medicare's DME payment system; (2) the Health Care Fi...
Medicare Managed Care: Information Standards Would Help Beneficiaries Make More Informed Health Plan Choices
T-HEHS-98-162: Published: May 6, 1998. Publicly Released: May 6, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the extent to which the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) Medicare Choice information development efforts are likely to: (1) enable beneficiaries to readily compare benefits and out-of-pocket costs using plan brochures; and (2) facilitate the agency's approval of plans' marketing materials and other administrative work required of both...
Medicare: Many HMOs Experience High Rates of Beneficiary Disenrollment
HEHS-98-142: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: May 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the feasibility of computing health maintenance organizations' (HMO) voluntary disenrollment rates from readily available data and analyzed the extent to which these rates varied among plans, focusing on: (1) disenrollment rates for all Medicare HMOs operating in 1996; (2) the disenrollment rates of plans operating in the same markets; (3) disenrol...