Health care costs (21 - 30 of 176 items)
Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Health Status, Spending, and Utilization of Enrollees in Plans Based on Health Reimbursement Arrangements
GAO-10-616: Published: Jul 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2010.
Consumer-directed health plans (CDHP) combine a high-deductible health plan with a tax-advantaged account, such as a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), that enrollees can use to pay for health care expenses. In an effort to restrain cost growth, several employers, including the federal government through its Office of Personnel Management (OPM), have offered HRAs for several years. For enroll...
VA Health Care: Ineffective Medical Center Controls Resulted in Inappropriate Billing and Collection Practices
GAO-10-152T: Published: Oct 15, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2009.
GAO was asked to testify on billing practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). GAO previously reported that continuing problems in billing and collection processes at VA impaired its ability to maximize revenue from private insurance companies (third-party insurers). In June 2008, GAO reported on its follow-up review that (1) evaluated VA billing controls, (2) assessed VA-wide controls...
Private Health Insurance: Research on Competition in the Insurance Industry
GAO-09-864R: Published: Jul 31, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2009.
Health care providers and members of Congress have raised concerns that consolidation in the private health insurance industry may be resulting in less competitive markets and contributing to rising health insurance rates paid by consumers and employers. However, measuring the extent of changes in market competition over time or the effects of changes is challenging. In particular, reliable, longi...
VA Health Care: Challenges in Budget Formulation and Issues Surrounding the Proposal for Advance Appropriations
GAO-09-664T: Published: Apr 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2009.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates it will provide health care to 5.8 million patients with appropriations of about $41 billion in fiscal year 2009. It provides a range of services, including primary care, outpatient and inpatient services, long-term care, and prescription drugs. VA formulates its health care budget by developing annual estimates of its likely spending for all its h...
DHS: Organizational Structure and Resources for Providing Health Care to Immigration Detainees
GAO-09-308R: Published: Feb 23, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2009.
Recent events have drawn attention to the health care provided to detainees held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For fiscal year 2004 through fiscal year 2007, ICE reported that 69 detainees died while in ICE custody, and during 2008, national news organizations investigated and published reports of the circumstances surr...
Traumatic Brain Injury: Better DOD and VA Oversight Can Help Ensure More Accurate, Consistent, and Timely Decisions for the Traumatic Injury Insurance Program
GAO-09-108: Published: Jan 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2009.
In 2005, Congress created a traumatic injury insurance benefit program, known as TSGLI, to help servicemembers with traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries with the financial burdens that they and their families face. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the program, in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD), while the branches of service are responsible for de...
Ryan White Care Act: First-Year Experiences under the Part D Administrative Expense Cap
GAO-09-140: Published: Dec 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2008.
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (CARE Act) makes federal funds available to assist those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Through the CARE Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awards grants (known as Part D grants) to provide services to women, infants, children, and youth with H...
Medicare Advantage: Characteristics, Financial Risks, and Disenrollment Rates of Beneficiaries in Private Fee-for-Service Plans
GAO-09-25: Published: Dec 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2008.
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are an alternative to the original Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program. Private fee-for-service (PFFS) plans--one type of MA plan--give beneficiaries an option that is more like Medicare FFS than other MA plans, with a wider choice of providers and less plan management of services and providers. PFFS enrollment increased from about 35,000 beneficiaries in June 2004...
Medicare Advantage Organizations: Actual Expenses and Profits Compared to Projections for 2006
GAO-09-132R: Published: Dec 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2008.
The federal government's spending on the Medicare Advantage (MA) program has grown substantially in recent years, from approximately $60 billion in 2006 and $77 billion in 2007 to an estimated $91 billion in 2008. MA organizations provide health care coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through private health plans, thus offering an alternative to the original Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program...
State and Local Fiscal Challenges: Rising Health Care Costs Drive Long-term and Immediate Pressures
GAO-09-210T: Published: Nov 19, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2008.
GAO was asked to provide its views on projected trends in health care costs and their effect on the long-term outlook for state and local governments in the context of the current economic environment. This statement addresses three key points: (1) the state and local government sector's long-term fiscal challenges; (2) rapidly rising health care costs which drive the sector's long-term fiscal dif...