Health resources utilization (11 - 20 of 100 items)
DOD and VA Health Care: Incentives Program for Sharing Health Resources
GAO-05-310R: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2005.
Combined, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide health care services to about 16.8 million beneficiaries at an estimated cost of $58 billion for fiscal year 2005--$30.4 billion for DOD and $27.7 billion for VA. In 1982, the Congress passed the Veterans' Administration and Department of Defense Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act (Shar...
VA and DOD Health Care: Resource Sharing At Selected Sites
GAO-04-792: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
Congress has long encouraged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to share health resources to promote cost-effective use of health resources and efficient delivery of care. In February 2002, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs described VA and DOD health care resource sharing activities at nine locations. GAO was asked to describe the health resource sh...
VA and Defense Health Care: Potential Exists for Savings through Joint Purchasing of Medical and Surgical Supplies
GAO-02-872T: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $500 million and the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $240 million for medical and surgical supplies in fiscal year 2001. Since the 1980s, To achieve greater efficiencies through improved acquisition processes and increased sharing of medical resources, VA and DOD signed a memorandum of agreement in 1999 to combine their buying power. VA and DOD saved...
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...
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...
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...
Medicare Home Health Care: Prospective Payment System Will Need Refinement as Data Become Available
HEHS-00-9: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) research on a home health prospective payment system (PPS), focusing on: (1) the objectives, findings, and costs of the research and demonstration projects HCFA has funded that were related to the design of the PPS; and (2) how these projects contributed to the proposed PPS design and which design...
Medicaid Managed Care: Four States' Experiences With Mental Health Carveout Programs
HEHS-99-118: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how states design and monitor Medicaid mental health programs, and how, at the federal level, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) exercises its oversight of the Medicaid program, focusing on: (1) the extent of beneficiary choice in capitated mental health carveouts, the range of covered mental health services, and access...
Medicare Post-Acute Care: Better Information Needed Before Modifying BBA Reforms
T-HEHS-99-192: Published: Sep 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the effects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) on the Medicare fee-for-service program.GAO noted that: (1) providers of such post-acute care services as home health care, skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, and rehabilitation therapy may have to change their service delivery practices as a result of the BBA payment reforms, which seek to ma...