Domestic Policy Council (71 - 80 of 396 items)
Medicare: Few Beneficiaries Use Colorectal Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Services
T-HEHS-00-68: Published: Mar 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Medicare beneficiaries' use of screening and diagnostic services to prevent colorectal cancer, focusing on: (1) the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries (both aged and disabled) are using colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic services; and (2) efforts to address barriers identified as limiting use.GAO noted that: (1) the use of colorectal c...
Medicare: Program Reform and Modernization Are Needed But Entail Considerable Challenges
T-HEHS/AIMD-00-77: Published: Feb 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed efforts to reform the administration, structure, and financing of the Medicare Program.GAO noted that: (1) in addition to its sizable financial imbalance, Medicare is outmoded from a programmatic perspective; (2) to address the need for an updated benefit package and adequate tools to moderate program spending, proposals have been advanced that in...
Nursing Home Care: Enhanced HCFA Oversight of State Programs Would Better Ensure Quality
HEHS-00-6: Published: Nov 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) oversight programs of state agencies' nursing home survey process, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of HCFA's approaches to assessing state agency performance; (2) extent to which HCFA's regional offices vary in their application of these approaches; and (3) the corrective actions a...
Nursing Homes: HCFA Should Strengthen Its Oversight of State Agencies to Better Ensure Quality Care
T-HEHS-00-27: Published: Nov 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its study of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HFCA) implementation of two of its nursing home initiatives.GAO noted that: (1) HCFA's mechanisms for assessing state agency survey performance are limited in their scope and effectiveness and are not being applied consistently across each of HCFA's 10 regional offices; (2) as a result, HCFA...
Legal Services Corporation: More Needs to Be Done to Correct Case Service Reporting Problems
GGD-99-183: Published: Sep 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) what efforts the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and its grantees have made to correct problems with case service reporting; and (2) whether these efforts are likely to resolve the case reporting problems that occurred in 1997.GAO noted that: (1) LSC revised its written guidance and issued a new handbook to its grantees to clarify case repo...
Nursing Home Oversight: Industry Examples Do Not Demonstrate That Regulatory Actions Were Unreasonable
HEHS-99-154R: Published: Aug 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed materials from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) to determine whether any cases reflected the actions of an overly aggressive regulatory process.GAO noted that: (1) in each of the eight cases for which there was sufficient information for an objective assessment, GAO believes appropriate regulatory action was taken; (2) in these cases, ei...
Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Medicare Providers Unknown
AIMD-99-243: Published: Jul 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) outreach and testing efforts for ensuring that Medicare providers will be year 2000 compliant; and (2) surveys that have been completed to date or planned on the year 2000 status of healthcare providers.GAO noted that: (1) HCFA has taken comprehensive measures in conducting its outreach activit...
Social Security: Issues in Comparing Rates of Return With Market Investments
HEHS-99-110: Published: Aug 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) examined the estimates of social security's implicit rates of return for different birth years, earning levels, household configurations, and other demographic groupings; (2) examined rates of return available on private market investments; and (3) discussed the issues that arise from comparing social security and market investment returns.GAO noted th...
Prescription Drug Benefits: Impact of Medicare HMOs' Use of Formularies on Beneficiaries
T-HEHS-99-171: Published: Jul 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the prescription drug benefits provided by health maintenance organizations (HMO) that participate in the Medicare Choice program.GAO noted that: (1) evaluating the prescription drug benefits Medicare HMOs offer is an important but challenging undertaking for prospective enrollees; (2) to determine which plan best meets their needs, beneficiaries...
Prescription Drug Benefits: Implications for Beneficiaries of Medicare HMO Use of Formularies
HEHS-99-166: Published: Jul 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied how Medicare health maintenance organizations (HMO) manage drug formularies to control drug expenditures and what the implications are for beneficiaries of these formulary management activities.GAO noted that: (1) evaluating the prescription drug benefits Medicare HMOs offer is an important but challenging undertaking for prospective enrollees; (2)...