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Workplace Safety and Health: Information on OSHA Training for Workers on Workplace Hazards
GAO-17-178: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Outreach Training Program–which offers training on job hazard recognition and avoidance–reflects many of the attributes of a well-designed training program identified in GAO's training guide. OSHA is not required to follow GAO's training guide; however, the program's design reflects at least one indicator for six...
Antibiotics: FDA Has Encouraged Development, but Needs to Clarify the Role of Draft Guidance and Develop Qualified Infectious Disease Product Guidance
GAO-17-189: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released updated or new guidance for antibiotic development, and used the qualified infectious disease products (QIDP) designation to encourage the development of new antibiotics. As of August 2016, FDA, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had coordinated the release of 14 updated or new guidance documents on antibiotic develop...
Electronic Health Records: HHS Needs to Improve Planning and Evaluation of Its Efforts to Increase Information Exchange in Post-Acute Care Settings
GAO-17-184: Published: Jan 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.
Stakeholders that GAO interviewed, including experts on electronic health records (EHR) in post-acute care settings, described five key factors that affect the use of EHRs and the electronic exchange of health information in these settings.Cost: Stakeholders stated that facilities often have limited financial resources to cover the initial cost of an EHR and noted that additional costs may be inc...
Medical Devices: Cancer Risk Led FDA to Warn Against Certain Uses of Power Morcellators and Recommend New Labeling
GAO-17-231: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2017.
Between 1991 and 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the federal agency responsible for the oversight of medical devices—cleared 25 submissions for laparoscopic power morcellators for the U.S. market. FDA cleared the submissions for these devices, which cut tissue into small pieces to facilitate removal through small incision sites of gynecological and other types of minimally invasiv...
FDA Facilities: Planning Efforts for White Oak Campus Should Further Incorporate Leading Practices to Address Ongoing Challenges
GAO-17-87: Published: Dec 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2017.
Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) described various benefits and challenges related to the consolidation of about 10,500 FDA staff and contractors at a campus in White Oak, Maryland. As of 2016, the campus was partially complete, with 9 of the 10 planned office buildings constructed and 27 percent more staff than the 8,2...
Veterans Health Care: Improvements Needed in Operationalizing Strategic Goals and Objectives
GAO-17-50: Published: Oct 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2016.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) uses a multi-step strategic planning process to develop its strategic goals and objectives, which includes two key steps—(1) identifying and assessing factors that may affect health care delivery, which is referred to as environmental scanning, and (2) holding the annual National Leadership Council (NLC) Strategic Plan...
VA Health Care: Processes to Evaluate, Implement, and Monitor Organizational Structure Changes Needed
GAO-16-803: Published: Sep 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2016.
Recent internal and external reviews of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operations have identified deficiencies in its organizational structure and recommended changes that would require significant restructuring to address, including eliminating and consolidating program offices and reducing VHA central office staff. However, VHA does not have a process that ensures recommended organizationa...
Veterans' Health Care: Improved Oversight of Community Care Physicians' Credentials Needed
GAO-16-795: Published: Sep 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2016.
GAO found that the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) contractors—Health Net Federal Services (Health Net) and TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest)—complied with contractual requirements to verify the credentials of physicians under one community care program, but were deficient in doing so under another program. Based on GAO's review of selected physicians, GAO found that the contractors a...
Health Care: Results of Recent Undercover Testing for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Coverage, and Review of Market Concentration in the Private Insurance Markets
GAO-16-882T: Published: Sep 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2016.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires health-insurance marketplaces to verify application information, such as citizenship or immigration status and household income, to determine eligibility for enrollment and, if applicable, eligibility for income-based subsidies. While inconsistencies between the information provided by the applicant and by government sources are being...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Results of Undercover Enrollment Testing for the Federal Marketplace and a Selected State Marketplace for the 2016 Coverage Year
GAO-16-784: Published: Sep 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2016.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires health-insurance marketplaces to verify application information to determine eligibility for enrollment and, if applicable, determine eligibility for income-based subsidies. Verification steps include validating the applicant's Social Security number, if one is provided; citizenship or immigration status; and household income. PPACA r...