Health care cost control (111 - 120 of 647 items)
Medicare: More Beneficiaries Use Hospice; Many Factors Contribute to Shorter Periods of Use
T-HEHS-00-201: Published: Sep 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed issues related to the use of Medicare's hospice benefit, focusing on: (1) the patterns and trends in hospice use by Medicare beneficiaries; (2) factors that affect the use of the hospice benefit; and (3) the availability of hospice providers.GAO noted that: (1) the number of Medicare beneficiaries choosing hospice services has grown substantially...
State Pharmacy Programs: Assistance Designed to Target Coverage and Stretch Budgets
HEHS-00-162: Published: Sep 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state-administered pharmaceutical assistance programs, focusing on: (1) characteristics of state programs designed to provide prescription drug access to eligible populations; and (2) the administrative and policy issues that states have encountered in operating drug assistance programs.GAO noted that: (1) in 1999, 14 states were ope...
Medicare Home Health Care: Prospective Payment System Could Reverse Recent Declines in Spending
HEHS-00-176: Published: Sep 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Medicare home health care's recent declines in spending, focusing on: (1) the declines in service use underlying the changes in spending; (2) the extent of the changes in use across beneficiaries, home health agencies (HHA), and locations; and (3) identify any implications these new patterns of home health use have for the impact of...
Nursing Homes: Aggregate Medicare Payments Are Adequate Despite Bankruptcies
T-HEHS-00-192: Published: Sep 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the causes of the bankruptcies of large corporations owning nursing homes and the implications for nursing home residents, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of Medicare's payment rates for skilled nursing services furnished in nursing homes; (2) the relationship between the changes wrought by the Balanced Budget Act and recent nursing home bankruptcie...
Medicare: Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Financial Reports for Fiscal Years 1998 and 1999
AIMD-00-257R: Published: Jul 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program financial reports for fiscal years (FY) 1998 and 1999 as required by the the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) joint HCFAC reports for fiscal years 1998...
Federal Prisons: Responses to Questions Related to Containing Health Care Costs for an Increasing Inmate Population
GGD-00-160R: Published: Jun 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to congressional questions on its April 6, 2000, testimony on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) efforts to contain the costs of providing health care to inmates, focusing on whether: (1) requiring a copayment would reduce the number of prisoners seeking medical care in order to get out of work or other duties; (2) recent BOP initiatives have helped redu...
Medical Devices: Reprocessing and Reuse of Devices Labeled Single-Use
T-HEHS-00-143: Published: Jun 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the reprocessing and reuse of medical devices marketed for single use, focusing on: (1) the extent of single-use devices (SUD) reprocessing; (2) the health risks associated with SUD reprocessing; (3) the cost savings from SUD reprocessing; and (4) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of SUD reprocessing.GAO noted that: (1) it is clea...
Single-Use Medical Devices: Little Available Evidence of Harm From Reuse, but Oversight Warranted
HEHS-00-123: Published: Jun 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the practice of single-use device (SUD) reprocessing in the United States, focusing on the: (1) extent of SUD reprocessing; (2) health risks associated SUD with reprocessing; (3) cost savings from reprocessing; and (4) Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of SUD reprocessing.GAO noted that: (1) while some health care institutions have cho...
Defense Health Care: Opportunities to Reduce TRICARE Claims Processing and Other Costs
T-HEHS-00-138: Published: Jun 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed opportunities to reduce claims processing and other costs of the Department of Defense's (DOD) managed health care program--TRICARE, focusing on: (1) the cost of processing TRICARE claims; (2) opportunities that potentially can reduce costs and improve service to beneficiaries, namely increased anti-fraud efforts and more joint procurement of phar...
DOD and VA Health Care: Jointly Buying and Mailing Out Pharmaceuticals Could Save Millions of Dollars
T-HEHS-00-121: Published: May 25, 2000. Publicly Released: May 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed what the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) have done and what more they could do to reduce drug prices and dispensing costs, focusing on the: (1) extent of joint DOD and VA drug contracting thus far and the prospects for further contracting; (2) prospects of DOD using VA's consolidated mail outpatient pharmacy (CM...