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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Providers Have Responded to Medicare Payment System By Changing Practices
GAO-02-841: Published: Aug 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2002.
In 1998, the Health Care Financing Administration implemented a prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facility (SNF) services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. PPS is intended to control the growth in Medicare spending for skilled nursing and rehabilitative services that SNFs provide. Two years after the implementation of PPS, the mix of patients across the categories of payment g...
Medicare+Choice: Payments Exceed Cost of Fee-for-Service Benefits, Adding Billions to Spending
HEHS-00-161: Published: Aug 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare Choice program payment issues, focusing on: (1) whether program spending for Medicare Choice plan enrollees has exceeded what Medicare-covered care for these beneficiaries would have cost in the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare program; and (2) the extent to which payments to individual plans differ from expected FFS costs.GAO noted that: (1...
Medical Malpractice: Effects of Varying Laws in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
HEHS-00-5: Published: Oct 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effects of laws in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, focusing on: (1) the rationale behind selected reforms states have made to their medical malpractice tort law; (2) whether selected tort reforms have reduced malpractice insurance costs and the costs associated with defensive medicine; (3) the extent to which th...
Medicare Home Health Agencies: Closures Continue, With Little Evidence Beneficiary Access Is Impaired
HEHS-99-120: Published: May 26, 1999. Publicly Released: May 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) distribution of Medicare home health agencies' (HHA) closures across urban and rural counties and the characteristics of closed agencies; and (2) effect of closures on beneficiary access to home health services.GAO noted that: (1) prior to the HHA closures that have attracted widespread attention, both the number of HHAs and...
Results Act: Using Agency Performance Plans to Oversee Early Childhood Programs
T-HEHS-99-93: Published: Mar 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how Congress can use the Government Performance and Results Act to facilitate agency performance plans to oversee early childhood programs, focusing on: (1) how the Results Act can assist in management and congressional oversight, especially in areas where there are multiple programs; (2) how the Departments of Education and Health and Human Servi...
ADP Budget: Analysis of HCFA's Fiscal Year 1991 ADP Budget Request
IMTEC-90-67: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) fiscal year 1991 information technology systems budget request of $60.7 million, including $12.2 million for three major system enhancement projects to obtain more automated data processing and communications equipment, new software development, and related commercial services.GAO found that HCFA pr...
GAO's Views on H.R. 791, a Bill to Establish the Social Security Administration as an Independent Agency
T-HRD-89-7: Published: Mar 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1989.
GAO discussed H.R. 791, which would make the Social Security Administration (SSA) an independent agency. GAO found that the bill would: (1) remove the Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs from the Department of Health and Human Services; (2) create an independent SSA headed by a three-member bipartisan board; (3) establish a beneficiary ombudsma...
Welfare Reform: Projected Effects of Requiring AFDC for Unemployed Parents Nationwide
HRD-88-88BR: Published: May 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) available estimates of the cost of requiring states to adopt the optional Aid to Families with Dependent Children for Unemployed Parents Program (AFDC-UP); and (2) research on the effects of AFDC-UP on families.GAO found that: (1) it could not determine the reliability of the cost estimates it reviewed because they used different assumption...
GAO's Views on H.R. 825, a Bill To Make the Social Security Administration an Independent Agency
126772: Apr 23, 1985
GAO presented views on a bill to make the Social Security Administration (SSA) an independent agency, focusing on whether the management and operation of SSA would be improved by making it an independent agency. GAO found that the bill's provisions would: (1) remove the Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs from the Department of Health and H...
GAO's Views on the Report of the Congressional Panel on Social Security Organization
124786: Jul 30, 1984
In response to a congressional request, GAO cited some of the key Social Security Administration (SSA) problems which it has identified over the years and addressed the extent to which these problems were caused by SSA or others. In addition, GAO views on recommendations in the report of the Congressional Panel on Social Security Organization were given. During the past 10 years, SSA has had probl...