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National Preparedness: Countermeasures for Thermal Burns
GAO-12-304R: Published: Feb 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2012.
The SNS contains supportive care items for thermal burns, such as bandages, pain medications, intravenous fluids, and topical antimicrobial cream needed for the immediate treatment of burn injuries to reduce the risk of infection and stabilize injured individuals. HHS officials told us that the goal of the SNS is to supplement state and local supplies used for immediate care in the initial respons...
Early Child Care and Education: HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance Worker Quality
GAO-12-248: Published: Feb 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2012.
The paid early child care and education (ECCE) workforce was made up of approximately 1.8 million workers in a range of positions, most of whom had relatively low levels of education and income, according to Censuss 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data. For example, nearly half of all child care workers had a high school degree or less as did 20 percent of preschool teachers. Average ye...
Health Care Quality Measurement: HHS Should Address Contractor Performance and Plan for Needed Measures
GAO-12-136: Published: Jan 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.
NQF has made progress on projects under its contract activities, as of August 2011. Specifically, NQF has completed or made progress on 60 of 63 projects. For example, NQF has completed projects to endorse measures related to various topics, including nursing homes. However, for more than half of the projects, NQF did not meet or did not expect to meet the initial time frames approved by HHS. For...
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan: Comparison of Implementation and Early Enrollment with the Children's Health Insurance Program
GAO-12-62R: Published: Nov 10, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2011.
The federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) was created in 2010 to provide access to insurance for individuals previously unable to acquire coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Eligibility is limited to those who have been uninsured for at least 6 months prior to application, thus focusing the program on those who have been locked out of the private insurance market. The Patient P...
Medicare Advantage: Enrollment Increased from 2010 to 2011 while Premiums Decreased and Benefit Packages Were Stable
GAO-12-93: Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
Enrollment and spending in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans--the private plan alternative to the Medicare fee-for- service (FFS) program--have more than doubled since 2004. MA plans generally receive larger payments from Medicare than what these plans would require to provide the original Medicare FFS benefit package. Plans must use this additional money to reduce cost sharing, reduce premiums, and o...
Private Health Insurance: Early Indicators Show That Most Insurers Would Have Met or Exceeded New Medical Loss Ratio Standards
GAO-12-90R: Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
To help ensure that millions of Americans who rely on private insurance for health care coverage receive value for their premium dollars, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established minimum "medical loss ratio" (MLR) standards for insurers. The MLR is a basic financial indicator, traditionally referring to the percentage of insurance premium revenues health insurers spent on...
Private Health Insurance: Implementation of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
GAO-11-875R: Published: Sep 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.
During the last decade the number of large employers offering health benefits to retirees--including early retirees not eligible for Medicare--has declined. Among all large firms that offered health benefits to active employees from 2001 to 2010, the percentage that offered health benefits to retirees decreased from 39 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2010. According to the Agency for Healthcare R...
Private Health Insurance: Early Experiences Implementing New Medical Loss Ratio Requirements
GAO-11-711: Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2011.
To help ensure that Americans receive value for their premium dollars, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established minimum "medical loss ratio" (MLR) standards for health insurers. The MLR is a basic financial indicator, traditionally referring to the percentage of premiums spent on medical claims. The PPACA MLR is defined differently from the traditional MLR. Beginning in 2...
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans: Program Features, Early Enrollment and Spending Trends, and Federal Oversight Activities
GAO-11-662: Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2011.
Individuals applying for health insurance are often denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act appropriated $5 billion to create a temporary pool--known as the Pre- Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program--to provide access to insurance for such individuals until new protections take effect in 2014. Twenty-seven states opted to run thei...
Nursing Homes: Private Investment Homes Sometimes Differed from Others in Deficiencies, Staffing, and Financial Performance
GAO-11-571: Published: Jul 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2011.
Private investment (PI) firms' acquisition of several large nursing home chains led to concerns that the quality of care may have been adversely affected. These concerns may have been in part due to PI firms' business strategies and their lack of financial transparency compared to publicly traded companies. In September 2010, GAO reported on the extent of PI ownership of nursing homes and firms' i...