Health care services (51 - 60 of 1,007 items)
Persons with HIV: Funding Formula for Housing Assistance Could Be Better Targeted, and Performance Data Could Be Improved
GAO-15-298: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015.
The extent to which persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) need housing assistance is not known, in part because the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) estimate of the housing needs of persons with HIV, including those with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), is not reliable. HUD does not require Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grantees to use...
Sole Community Hospitals: Early Indications Show That TRICARE's Revised Reimbursement Rules Have Not Affected Access to Care
GAO-15-402: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015.
TRICARE's revised reimbursement rules for Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs), which provide health care in rural areas or where similar hospitals do not exist under certain criteria, approximate those for Medicare's. Specifically, both programs reimburse SCHs using the greater of either a cost-based amount or the allowed amount under a diagnostic-related-group-based payment system, although each prog...
Health Care Funding: Federal Obligations to and Expenditures by Selected Entities Involved in Health-Related Activities, 2010-2012
GAO-15-270R: Published: Mar 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2015.
From fiscal year 2010 through 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reported obligating about $236 million to six organizations and their affiliates and member associations: Advocates for Youth, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Council,...
Drug Discount Program: Status of GAO Recommendations to Improve 340B Drug Pricing Program Oversight
GAO-15-455T: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2015.
In its September 2011 report, GAO found that the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) oversight of the 340B Program was inadequate to provide reasonable assurance that program participants—covered entities and drug manufacturers—were in compliance with program requirements. Specifically, GAO found the programprimarily relied on covered entities and manufacturers to police them...
Comparative Effectiveness: Initial Assessment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
GAO-15-301: Published: Mar 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2015.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has established priorities and processes for funding comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER)—which is research that evaluates and compares health outcomes and the clinical effectiveness, risks, and benefits of two or more medical treatments, services, or items such as health care interventions—and is developing dissemination pl...
International Classification of Diseases: CMS's Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes
GAO-15-255: Published: Jan 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has undertaken a number of efforts to prepare for the October 1, 2015, transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes, which are used for documenting patient medical diagnoses and inpatient medical procedures. CMS has developed educational ma...
Defense Health Care: Additional Information Needed about Mental Health Provider Staffing Needs
GAO-15-184: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2015.
In response to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010, the Department of Defense (DOD) military health system (MHS) increased its mental health provider staffing level by 34 percent. Specifically, DOD increased the number of mental health providers across the MHS from 4,608 providers in fiscal year 2009 to 6,186 providers in fiscal year 2013. Social wor...
Private Health Insurance: Geographic Variation in Spending for Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven by Inpatient Prices
GAO-15-214: Published: Dec 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2015.
Spending for an episode of care in the private sector varied across metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) for coronary stent placement, laparoscopic appendectomy, and total hip replacement, even after GAO adjusted for geographic differences in the cost of doing business and differences in enrollee demographics and health status. MSAs in the highest-spending quintile had average adjusted episode spe...
Health Care: Information on Coverage Choices for Servicemembers, Former Servicemembers, and Dependents
GAO-15-4: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Servicemembers', former servicemembers', and their dependents' eligibility for health care coverage through the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is primarily based on military status, while eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and coverage purchased through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is based on age, incom...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-55: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 shows that about 10 percent of veterans who received VA health care services were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD is characterized by depressed mood or loss of interest along with other symptoms for 2 weeks or more that represent a change in the way individuals function from their prev...