Health care programs (11 - 20 of 1,056 items)
Military Health Care: Army Needs to Improve Oversight of Warrior Transition Units
GAO-16-583: Published: Jul 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2016.
The Army has not assessed the effectiveness of the Triad of Care model, the core structure of the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) program, consisting of a team of three key staff that provide medical case management. The Army established the Triad of Care model at a time when WTU soldiers' diagnoses were primarily for physical conditions. Since then, the composition of diagnoses has changed signific...
Federal Autism Activities: Agencies Are Encouraging Early Identification and Providing Services, and Recent Actions Could Improve Coordination
GAO-16-446: Published: May 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
Federal agencies have taken various actions to encourage early autism identification and interventions, such as specifically soliciting research in these areas. From fiscal year 2012 through fiscal year 2015, the departments of Defense (DOD), Education, and Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded about $395 million for research on early identification and interventions for autism.Federal programs...
Medicare Fee-For-Service: Opportunities Remain to Improve Appeals Process
GAO-16-366: Published: May 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016.
The appeals process for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims consists of four administrative levels of review within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a fifth level in which appeals are reviewed by federal courts. Appeals are generally reviewed by each level sequentially, as appellants may appeal a decision to the next level depending on the prior outcome. Under the administr...
VA's Health Care Budget: In Response to a Projected Funding Gap in Fiscal Year 2015, VA Has Made Efforts to Better Manage Future Budgets
GAO-16-584: Published: Jun 3, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2016.
GAO found that two areas accounted for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fiscal year 2015 projected funding gap of $2.75 billion.Higher-than-expected obligations for VA's longstanding care in the community (CIC) programs—which allow veterans to obtain care from non-VA providers—accounted for $2.34 billion or 85 percent of VA's projected funding gap. VA officials expected that the Vetera...
Medicare: Utilization and Expenditures for Complex Wheelchair Accessories
GAO-16-640R: Published: Jun 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2016.
The Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program spends millions of dollars annually to furnish wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories to Medicare beneficiaries. Certain power wheelchairs that are more complex than standard wheelchairs, referred to as complex rehabilitative technology (CRT) power group 3 wheelchairs, and the accessories used with these chairs accounted for a relatively small percentage...
Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls
GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
In June 2015 and April 2016, GAO reported on CMS's implementation of enrollment-screening procedures that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to prevent and detect ineligible or potentially fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling into its Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). GAO identified weaknesses in CMS's verification of provider practice locat...
Medicare: Claim Review Programs Could Be Improved with Additional Prepayment Reviews and Better Data
GAO-16-394: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses different types of contractors to conduct prepayment and postpayment reviews of Medicare fee-for-service claims at high risk for improper payments. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) conduct prepayment and postpayment reviews; Recovery Auditors (RA) generally conduct postpayment reviews; and the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (...
Veterans' Health Care: Proper Plan Needed to Modernize System for Paying Community Providers
GAO-16-353: Published: May 11, 2016. Publicly Released: May 11, 2016.
To help ensure that veterans are provided timely and accessible health care services, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has purchased care from non-VA community providers through its care in the community programs since as early as 1945. VHA's agency-wide data show that in fiscal year 2015, it processed about 66 percent of claims within the agency'...
Medicaid and CHIP: Increased Funding in U.S. Territories Merits Improved Program Integrity Efforts
GAO-16-324: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: May 9, 2016.
Eligibility and benefits for Medicaid and the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in five U.S. territories—American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands—differ from one another and from the states, generally reflecting the territories' unique circumstances. For example, Guam is the only territory that covers all...
Medicare Advantage: Fundamental Improvements Needed in CMS's Effort to Recover Substantial Amounts of Improper Payments
GAO-16-76: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: May 9, 2016.
Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer beneficiaries a private plan alternative to the original program and are paid a predetermined monthly amount by Medicare for each enrolled beneficiary. These payments are risk adjusted to reflect each enrolled beneficiary's health status and projected spending for Medicare-covered servic...