Health care services (101 - 110 of 1,007 items)
Medicare: Ownership Status of Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospitals That Qualify for Payment Adjustments
GAO-13-667R: Published: Jun 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
GAO previously reported that, in 2012, upward payment adjustments affected the vast majority of hospitals paid under Medicare's inpatient prospective system (IPPS). (See GAO-13-334). For this report, GAO found that, of the 3,455 IPPS hospitals in the prior review, the proportion of hospitals qualifying for at least one of four categories of payment adjustments was higher among nonprofit and govern...
Bureau of Prisons: Timelier Reviews, Plan for Evaluations, and Updated Policies Could Improve Inmate Mental Health Services Oversight
GAO-13-1: Published: Jul 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2013.
During a 5-year period--fiscal years 2008 through 2012--costs for inmate mental health services in institutions run by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) rose in absolute dollar amount, as well as on an annual per capita basis. Specifically, mental health services costs rose from $123 million in fiscal year 2008 to $146 million in fiscal year 2012, with increases generally due to three factors--inmate po...
VA Health Care: Additional Steps Needed to Strengthen Beneficiary Travel Program Management and Oversight
GAO-13-632: Published: Jul 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed efforts to improve the Beneficiary Travel Program, but lack of internal controls may impede their effectiveness. Specifically, VHA has developed multiple efforts to improve the management and oversight of its process for reimbursing veterans' travel expenses for medical appointments, as well as the timeline...
VA Health Care: Management and Oversight of Fee Basis Care Need Improvement
GAO-13-441: Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fee basis care spending increased from about $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2008 to about $4.48 billion in fiscal year 2012. The slight decrease in fiscal year 2012 spending from the fiscal year 2011 level was due to VA's adoption of Medicare rates as its primary payment method for fee basis providers. VA's fee basis care utilization also increased from about...
Defense Health Care: Department of Defense Needs a Strategic Approach to Contracting for Health Care Professionals
GAO-13-322: Published: May 28, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.
The military departments--the Army, Navy, and Air Force--generally use competition and fixed-price contracts when contracting for medical professionals. These practices can provide lower prices or reduced risk for the government. The military departments use a number of contract arrangements, including contracts awarded to multiple health care staffing companies, for health care professionals. Mil...
Medicare: Legislative Modifications Have Resulted in Payment Adjustments for Most Hospitals
GAO-13-334: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
Over time, Congress has modified how Medicare reimburses certain hospitals under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS), which pays hospitals a flat fee per stay, set in advance, with different amounts for each type of condition. GAO identified numerous statutory provisions that individually increased Medicare payments to a subset of hospitals.Seven provisions enabled hospitals to be paid...
Medicaid: Alternative Measures Could Be Used to Allocate Funding More Equitably
GAO-13-434: Published: May 10, 2013. Publicly Released: May 10, 2013.
GAO identified multiple data sources that could be used to develop measures to allocate Medicaid funding to states more equitably than the current funding formula--known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)--which is based solely on per capita income (PCI). To be equitable from the perspective of beneficiaries and allow states to provide a comparable level of services to each person...
Indian Health Service: Capping Payment Rates for Nonhospital Services Could Save Millions of Dollars for Contract Health Services
GAO-13-272: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2013.
The Indian Health Service's (IHS) federal contract health services (CHS) programs primarily paid physicians at their billed charges, which were significantly higher than what Medicare and private insurers would have paid for the same services. IHS's policy states that federal CHS programs should purchase services from contracted providers at negotiated, reduced rates. However, of the almost $63 mi...
Defense Health Care: TRICARE Multiyear Surveys Indicate Problems with Access to Care for Nonenrolled Beneficiaries
GAO-13-364: Published: Apr 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2013.
In its analysis of the 2008-2011 beneficiary survey data, GAO found that nearly one in three nonenrolled beneficiaries experienced problems finding a civilian provider who would accept TRICARE and that nonenrolled beneficiaries' access to civilian primary care and specialty care providers differed by type of location. Specifically, a higher percentage of nonenrolled beneficiaries in Prime Service...
VA Health Care: Appointment Scheduling Oversight and Wait Time Measures Need Improvement
GAO-13-372T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
Outpatient medical appointment wait times reported by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are unreliable. Wait times for outpatient medical appointmentsreferred to as medical appointmentsare calculated as the number of days elapsed from the desired date, which is defined as the date on which the patient or health care provider wants...