Health insurance (81 - 90 of 139 items)
VA Health Care: Challenges and Options for the Future
T-HEHS-95-147: Published: May 9, 1995. Publicly Released: May 9, 1995.
GAO discussed the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care program, focusing on: (1) actions needed to improve VA hospitals' efficiency; (2) challenges that threaten the long-term viability of the VA health care system; and (3) options for restructuring the VA health care system. GAO noted that: (1) VA lags far behind the private sector in improving hospital efficiency; (2) VA...
VA Health Care: Retargeting Needed to Better Meet Veterans' Changing Needs
HEHS-95-39: Published: Apr 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on veterans' health care, focusing on: (1) whether the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system is meeting veterans' health care needs; (2) why most veterans never use VA health care services; and (3) options available for reconfiguring the VA health care system to better meet veterans' needs.GAO found that: (1) the VA he...
Medicare Secondary Payer Program: Actions Needed to Realize Savings
T-HEHS-95-92: Published: Feb 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1995.
GAO discussed legislative initiatives that are intended to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) program, including the: (1) Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) data match which is intended to help Medicare identify and recover costs that other insurers are responsible for paying; (2) Medicare/Medicaid data bank which is intended to identify Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries who have ot...
Veterans' Health Care: Implications of Other Countries' Reforms for the United States
HEHS-94-210BR: Published: Sep 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the veterans health care systems in Australia, Canada, Finland, and the United Kingdom, focusing on: (1) why these countries implemented universal health care; (2) how eligibility for veterans health care benefits in these countries compares to that in the United States; (3) how the age and status of U.S. veterans compare to the veteran populations...
Small Business: SBA's Health Care Reform Activities
RCED-94-240: Published: Sep 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administation's (SBA) efforts to produce and distribute a brochure on the Health Security Act and establish a toll-free health care hotline, focusing on: (1) whether SBA violated certain laws or regulations by distributing the brochure; (2) circumstances surrounding the brochure's issuance, authorization, and distribution to the...
Health Insurance for the Elderly: Owning Duplicate Policies Is Costly and Unnecessary
HEHS-94-185: Published: Aug 3, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medigap insurance policies, focusing on the: (1) potential for duplicate coverage among elderly Medicare beneficiaries; and (2) necessity for a beneficiary covered by an employer-sponsored retiree plan to purchase a Medigap policy.GAO found that: (1) owning multiple health insurance policies to supplement Medicare is both costly and unnecessary; (2...
Health Reform: Purchasing Cooperatives Have an Increasing Role in Providing Access to Insurance
T-HEHS-94-196: Published: Jun 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1994.
GAO discussed health insurance purchasing cooperatives, focusing on: (1) the operation, authority, and accountability of existing cooperatives; and (2) issues that could make such cooperatives a more important part of the health care environment. GAO noted that: (1) common administrative functions among purchasing cooperatives include enrollment, premium collection, and contracting with health pla...
Access to Health Insurance: Public and Private Employers' Experience With Purchasing Cooperatives
HEHS-94-142: Published: May 31, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed health insurance purchasing cooperatives, focusing on: (1) the various forms of existing cooperatives; and (2) how existing cooperatives' functions, organization, and governance relate to national reform proposals.GAO found that: (1) health insurance purchasing cooperatives are becoming an important component of state health insurance reform; (2) e...
Medicare: Inadequate Review of Claims Payments Limits Ability to Control Spending
HEHS-94-42: Published: Apr 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1994.
GAO reviewed the adequacy of Medicare contractors' postpayment review activities, focusing on: (1) whether the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is identifying providers that are inappropriately billing the Medicare program; and (2) why Medicare spends so much for certain medical services.GAO found that: (1) HCFA does not monitor Medicare carriers' postpayment analyses and often misses o...
VA Health Care Reform: Financial Implications of the Proposed Health Security Act
T-HEHS-94-148: Published: May 5, 1994. Publicly Released: May 5, 1994.
GAO discussed the financial and policy implications of the proposed Health Security Act's provisions for veterans' health care, which would: (1) transform Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities into a series of managed care plans to compete with private-sector plans; (2) expand entitlement to comprehensive health care services for veterans choosing to enroll in a VA health plan; (3) author...