Beneficiaries (21 - 30 of 135 items)
Medicare: Continuous Insurance before Enrollment Associated with Better Health and Lower Program Spending
GAO-14-53: Published: Dec 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
Beneficiaries with continuous health insurance coverage for approximately 6 years before enrolling in Medicare were more likely than those without prior continuous insurance to report being in good health or better during the first 6 years in Medicare. In particular, having prior continuous insurance raised the predicted probability that a beneficiary reported being in good health or better by nea...
Medicare Supplemental Coverage: Medigap and Other Factors Are Associated with Higher Estimated Health Care Expenditures
GAO-13-811: Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2013.
GAO's analysis of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2010 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) showed that estimated average total health care expenditures were higher for beneficiaries with Medigap or employer-sponsored coverage than for beneficiaries with traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare only. While estimated average expenditures were lower for beneficiaries with Medic...
Dental Services: Information on Coverage, Payments, and Fee Variation
GAO-13-754: Published: Sep 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.
Overall, trends in dental coverage show little change from 1996 to 2010--around 62 percent of individuals had coverage. The percentage of the population with private dental coverage decreased from 53 to 50 percent. Dental coverage through Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was established in 1997, rose from 9 to 13 percent. The increase was due primarily to an...
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...
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...
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...
Medicaid: States Made Multiple Program Changes, and Beneficiaries Generally Reported Access Comparable to Private Insurance
GAO-13-55: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
From 2008 to 2011, more than half of states reported maintaining or decreasing their average Medicaid application processing times--the average number of calendar days between the receipt of a new application and the final determination of eligibility. The average processing times reported by 39 states ranged from 11 to 45 calendar days. For the same time period, however, GAO was unable to assess...
Medicaid: States' Use of Managed Care
GAO-12-872R: Published: Aug 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
In summary, we identified four groups of states that differed in their use of Medicaid managed care on the basis of the 12 indicators we included in our analysis. A handful of these indicatorsnamely Medicaid enrollment in MCOs and PCCM programs, HMO penetration rates, and the concentration of low-income individuals that lived in urban areashad significant influence on how states groupe...
DOD Health Care: Cost Impact of Health Care Reform and the Extension of Dependent Coverage
GAO-11-837R: Published: Sep 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) offers health care to eligible beneficiaries through TRICARE, its health care program. Recently enacted health care reform legislation--the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA)--has implications for much of the nation's health care system, including TRICARE. One particular health refo...