Health care cost control (41 - 50 of 128 items)
Health Financing and Systems Issue Area--Active Assignments
AA-97-15(1): Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Health Financing and Systems issue area as of January 2, 1997...
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Significantly Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
HEHS-97-15: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements to veterans, focusing on: (1) what OTC products VA pharmacies dispense; (2) how VA provision of OTC products compares with that of non-VA health care providers; (3) how much VA spends on OTC products and how much VA recovers through veterans' copayments;...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-29W: Published: Oct 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1996.
GAO presented a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in September 1996 and a listing of reports issued in June 1996 through September 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health care reform; (2) Medicare and Medicaid; (3) higher education; (4) training and employment; (5) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans' and military health care...
Medigap Insurance: Alternatives for Medicare Beneficiaries to Avoid Medical Underwriting
HEHS-96-180: Published: Sep 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed Medigap policies, focusing on: (1) the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries are subject to medical underwriting when they change Medigap policies; and (2) options for modifying federal Medigap requirements to ensure that medical underwriting is not a problem in such cases.GAO found that: (1) 11 of the 25 largest Medigap insurers use medical und...
Health Insurance: Coverage of Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation for Breast Cancer
HEHS-96-83: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 28, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed insurance coverage of autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) for breast cancer, focusing on: (1) the factors insurers consider when deciding whether to cover treatment; (2) the effectiveness of the treatment; and (3) the consequences of the increased use and insurance coverage of the treatment while it is still in clinical trials.GAO found t...
Health Insurance for Children: State and Private Programs Create New Strategies to Insure Children
HEHS-96-35: Published: Jan 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state and private efforts to insure children who are not eligible for Medicaid and whose parents cannot purchase private insurance, focusing on: (1) enrollment, costs, funding sources, and annual budgets of these state and private programs; (2) state strategies to manage costs while providing children access to health care; and (3) program design e...
VA Health Care: Exploring Options to Improve Veterans' Access to VA Facilities
HEHS-96-52: Published: Feb 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on veterans' use of Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical facilities, focusing on: (1) users' characteristics; (2) the geographic accessibility of VA and private medical facilities that provide standard benefits; and (3) options to improve accessibility of VA health care.GAO found that: (1) in the early 1990s, over 80 percent of...
Medicare Managed Care Growth
HEHS-96-47R: Published: Oct 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growth of Medicare beneficiaries in managed health care plans. GAO noted that: (1) although more than 50 percent of employees covered by employer-provided insurance are enrolled in managed health care plans, fewer Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in such plans; (2) the only managed care option Medicare offers is health maintenance organizati...
Long-Term Care: Current Issues and Future Directions
HEHS-95-109: Published: Apr 13, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on long-term care, focusing on: (1) the conditions that give rise to long-term care; (2) which groups require long-term care; (3) long-term care costs and strategies to contain them; and (4) its future demand.GAO found that: (1) long-term care is designed to help people with chronic conditions compensate for limitations in their ability...
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...