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Medicare: Financial Challenges and Considerations for Reform
GAO-03-577T: Published: Apr 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2003.
We are pleased to be here today as Congress examines Medicare's financial health and consider the budgetary and economic challenges presented by an aging society. The Comptroller General has been particularly attentive to the sustainability challenges faced by the nation's two largest entitlement programs--Medicare and Social Security--for more than a decade since he served as a public trustee for...
Medicare: Observations on Program Sustainability and Strategies to Control Spending on Any Proposed Drug Benefit
GAO-03-650T: Published: Apr 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2003.
The House Committee on Ways and Means is holding a hearing on modernizing Medicare and integrating prescription drugs into the program. There are growing concerns about gaps in the Medicare program, most notably the lack of outpatient prescription drug coverage, which may leave Medicare's most vulnerable beneficiaries with high out-of-pocket costs. At the same time, Medicare already faces a huge p...
Medicare Trust Funds Actuarial Estimates: Efforts Have Been Made to Improve Internal Control over Projection Process but Some Weaknesses Remain
GAO-03-247R: Published: Mar 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2003.
Medicare spending growth remains one of the most pressing and complex issues facing the Congress and the nation. During calendar year 2001, the most recent year for which complete data were available at the time of our review, over 40 million Medicare enrollees received $240.9 billion in benefits from the trust funds maintained for Hospital Insurance and Supplementary Medical Insurance, Medicare's...
Retiree Health Benefits at Selected Government Contractors
GAO-03-412R: Published: Feb 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2003.
Since World War II, some employers have voluntarily sponsored postretirement health plans as a benefit to their employees. According to government sources, these health plans constitute the primary source of health coverage for retirees aged 55 to 64 and supplemental coverage for nearly one third of retirees aged 65 or older with Medicare coverage. However, with costs already amounting to hundreds...
Federal Employees' Health Benefits: Effects of Using Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Health Plans, Enrollees, and Pharmacies
GAO-03-196: Published: Jan 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2003.
Rising prescription drug costs have contributed to rising employer health plans premiums in recent years. Most federal employees, retirees, and their dependents participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), are enrolled in plans that contract with pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) to administer their prescription dru...
Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare Payments Exceed Costs for Most but Not All Facilities
GAO-03-183: Published: Dec 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 2002.
This report addresses (1) the relationship between Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments and the costs of treating Medicare patients in freestanding SNFs, as well as the effect of Medicare SNF payments on the financial condition of these facilities, and (2) the relationship between Medicare SNF payments and the costs of treating patients in hospital-based SNFs, as well as the factors th...
VA Health Care: Expanded Eligibility Has Increased Outpatient Pharmacy Use and Expenditures
GAO-03-161: Published: Nov 8, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent about $3.0 billion on its outpatient pharmacy benefit in fiscal year 2001. After VA implemented the Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act in 1999, more veterans could use VA outpatient care, including the pharmacy benefit, than before. Increased eligibility contributed to a doubling of the number of Priority 7 veterans using VA health care. Prio...
Medicare Hospital Payments: Refinements Needed to Better Account for Geographic Differences in Wages
GAO-02-963: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The Medicare program's prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital services provides incentives for hospitals to operate efficiently by paying them a predetermined, fixed amount for each inpatient hospital stay regardless of the actual costs incurred in providing the care. Although the fixed amount is based on national average costs, actual per stay payments vary widely across hospital...
Defense Health Care: Most Reservists Have Civilian Health Coverage but More Assistance Is Needed When TRICARE Is Used
GAO-02-829: Published: Sep 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2002.
To expand the capabilities of the nation's active duty forces, the Department of Defense (DOD) relies on the 1.2 million men and women of the Reserve and National Guard. Currently, reserve components constitute nearly half of the total armed forces. Although DOD requires reservists to use TRICARE DOD's health care system for their own health care, using TRICARE is an option for their dependents. N...
Skilled Nursing Facilities: Providers Have Responded to Medicare Payment System By Changing Practices
GAO-02-841: Published: Aug 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2002.
In 1998, the Health Care Financing Administration implemented a prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facility (SNF) services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. PPS is intended to control the growth in Medicare spending for skilled nursing and rehabilitative services that SNFs provide. Two years after the implementation of PPS, the mix of patients across the categories of payment g...