Medicare (61 - 70 of 321 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...
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...
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...
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...
Federal Prisons: Containing Health Care Costs for an Increasing Inmate Population
T-GGD-00-112: Published: Apr 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed health care costs at the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), focusing on: (1) trends in BOP health care costs from fiscal year (FY) 1990 through FY 1999; (2) BOP initiatives to contain rising medical costs; and (3) legislative and administrative options for helping to contain health care costs.GAO noted that: (1) in conjunction with a rising federal...
Defense Health Care: Observations on Proposed Benefit Expansion and Overcoming TRICARE Obstacles
T-HEHS/NSIAD-00-129: Published: Mar 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed proposed changes and improvements to the military health system (MHS), focusing on: (1) the various proposals to expand the military health care benefit, especially those for older retirees, including describing the nature of the enhancement, the present or potential challenges in implementing these proposals, and overall cost implications; (2) th...
Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare Payment Changes Require Provider Adjustments But Maintain Access
HEHS-00-23: Published: Dec 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on skilled nursing facilities, focusing on: (1) the initial effect of the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) on Medicare beneficiaries' access to care; (2) the initial effect of the SNF PPS on providers; and (3) the role the SNF PPS has played in the poor financial performance of large nursing home chains.GA...