Beneficiaries (71 - 80 of 135 items)
Defense Health Care: Oversight of the Adequacy of TRICARE's Civilian Provider Network Has Weaknesses
GAO-03-592T: Published: Mar 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2003.
During 2002, in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel, beneficiary groups described problems with access to care from TRICARE's civilian providers, and providers testified about their dissatisfaction with the TRICARE program, specifying low reimbursement rates and administrative burdens. The Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act of 2003 required that GAO...
Medicare Physician Payments: Medical Settings and Safety of Endoscopic Procedures
GAO-03-179: Published: Oct 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2002.
Every year millions of Americans covered by Medicare undergo endoscopic medical procedures in a variety of health care settings ranging from physicians' offices to hospitals. These invasive procedures call for the use of a lighted, flexible instrument and are used for screening and treating disease. Although some of these procedures can be performed while the patient is fully awake, most require s...
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...
Medicare: Use of Preventive Services is Growing but Varies Widely
GAO-02-777T: Published: May 23, 2002. Publicly Released: May 23, 2002.
Preventive health care services can extend lives and promote the well being of the nation's seniors. Medicare now covers 10 preventive services--three types of immunizations and seven types of screenings--and legislation has been introduced to cover additional services. However, not all beneficiaries avail themselves of Medicare's preventive services. Some may simply choose not to use them, but ot...
Defense Health Care: Health Care Benefit for Women Comparable to Other Plans
GAO-02-602: Published: May 1, 2002. Publicly Released: May 1, 2002.
Half of all beneficiaries in the Department of Defense's (DOD) Tricare health care program are women. With a health care system historically oriented towards men, DOD has had to work to ensure that its women beneficiaries receive the full range of medical services they are entitled to, including obstetrical and gynecological care and diagnostic services such as Pap smears and mammograms. TRICARE-c...
Medicare Subvention Demonstration: Pilot Satisfies Enrollees, Raises Cost and Management Issues for DOD Health Care
GAO-02-284: Published: Feb 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Medicare subvention demonstration tested alternate approaches to health care coverage for military retirees. Retirees could enroll in new DOD-run Medicare managed care plans, known as TRICARE Senior Prime, at six sites. The demonstration plan offered enrollees the full range of Medicare-covered services as well as additional TRICARE services, with minimal copaymen...
Medigap Insurance: Plans Are Widely Available but Have Limited Benefits and May Have High Costs
GAO-01-941: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
To protect themselves against large out-of-pocket expenses and help fill gaps in Medicare coverage, most beneficiaries buy supplemental insurance, known as Medigap; contribute to employer-sponsored health benefits to supplement Medicare coverage; or enroll in private Medicare+Choice plans rather than traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Because Medicare+Choice plans are not available everywhere...
Defense Health Care: Lessons Learned from TRICARE Contracts and Implications for the Future
GAO-01-742T: Published: May 17, 2001. Publicly Released: May 17, 2001.
This testimony discusses lessons learned from the Department of Defense's (DOD) TRICARE contracts and their implications for the future. TRICARE's successes and maturity reflect the ability of the DOD and its contractors to work within the current contract structure. However, it has not been easy, and there are important lessons from current contract shortcomings that need to be addressed in desig...
Defense Health Care: Resources, Patient Access, and Challenges in Europe and the Pacific
HEHS-00-172: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defenses (DOD) health care system in Europe and the Pacific, focusing on: (1) what DOD health care resources are available in Europe and the Pacific and what is their cost; (2) how does DOD integrate host nation care into its military health care system; (3) how does DOD ensure the quality of such care; (4) whether beneficiaries h...