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Guardianships: Collaboration Needed to Protect Incapacitated Elderly People
GAO-04-655: Published: Jul 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
As people age, some become incapable of managing their personal and financial affairs. To protect these people, state laws provide for court appointment of guardians to act on their behalf. In many cases federal programs provide these incapacitated people financial benefits. GAO was asked to examine: (1) what state courts do to ensure that guardians fulfill their responsibilities, (2) what guardia...
Long-Term Care: Availability of Medicaid Home and Community Services for Elderly Individuals Varies Considerably
GAO-02-1121: Published: Sep 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
As the baby boomers age, spending on long-term care for the elderly could quadruple by 2050. The growing demand for long-term care will put pressure on federal and state budgets because long-term care relies heavily on public financing, particularly Medicaid. Nursing home care traditionally has accounted for most Medicaid long-term care expenditures, but the high costs of such care and the prefere...
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: 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...
Medicaid: Changes in Drug Prices Paid by HMOs and Hospitals Since Enactment of Rebate Provisions
HRD-93-43: Published: Jan 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1993.
GAO reported on changes in drug prices charged to health maintenance organizations (HMO) and hospital group purchasing organizations (GPO) under rebate provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, which required that drug manufacturers give state Medicaid programs rebates for outpatient drugs.GAO found that: (1) prices for HMO outpatient drugs increased significantly the year after...
Federal, State, and Private Activities Pertaining to U.S. Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools
HRD-85-112: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed activities which have taken place since the issuance of a 1980 report on the problems created by U.S. citizens attending foreign medical schools and returning to the United States to practice medicine.GAO found that many of the problems reported in 1980 still exist, and none of the 1980 recommendations have been implemented. Some matters which n...