Health care services (61 - 70 of 139 items)
Medicare + Choice: New Standards Could Improve Accuracy and Usefulness of Plan Literature
HEHS-99-92: Published: Apr 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Medicare Choice program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which managed care organizations' (MCO) member literature provides beneficiaries with accurate and useful plan information; and (2) whether the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) review process ensures that beneficiaries can rely on MCOs' member literature to make...
Specialty Care: Heart Attack Survivors Treated by Cardiologists More Likely to Take Recommended Drugs
HEHS-99-6: Published: Dec 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential differences in treatment patterns for health maintenance organizations (HMO) patients treated by specialists and those treated by generalist physicians, focusing on: (1) the proportion of Medicare heart attack survivors enrolled in HMOs who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, and aspirin; and (2) whether Medicare heart att...
Medical Savings Accounts: Results From Surveys of Insurers
HEHS-99-34: Published: Dec 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO addressed the effects of medical savings accounts (MSA) on: (1) selection, including adverse selection; (2) health costs, including any new impact on premiums of individuals with comprehensive coverage; (3) use of preventive care; (4) consumer choice; (5) the scope of coverage on high-deductible plans purchased in conjunction with such accounts; and (6) o...
HIV/AIDS Drugs: Funding Implications of New Combination Therapies for Federal and State Programs
HEHS-99-2: Published: Oct 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential implications for federal and state budgets from the increased use of combination drug therapies for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunedeficiency syndrome (AIDS), focusing on: (1) federal and state spending on HIV and AIDS drug treatment, by major programs, over the last several years; (...
Health Insurance for Children: Private Individual Coverage Available, but Choices Can Be Limited and Costs Vary
HEHS-98-201: Published: Aug 5, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the availability of private sector health coverage for children in the individual insurance market, focusing on: (1) the availability and characteristics of private health insurance products that can be purchased only for a child and how these products differ from other individual private insurance products; (2) the costs of these child-only produc...
Health Services Quality and Public Health Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1999-2000
IAP-98-14: Published: Aug 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its Health Services Quality and Public Health issue area plan for fiscal years 1999 and 2000.GAO plans to: (1) determine whether the public health service agencies are ensuring the public's health and safety efficiently and effectively; (2) identify opportunities for improving the quality of health care under fee-for-service and managed care payment arrangements; (3) id...
Health Plan Quality Information: Efforts to Report on PPO Plan Performance
HEHS-98-213R: Published: Jul 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on preferred provider organization (PPO) plan performance, focusing on: (1) large health care purchasers' efforts to collect and disseminate quality performance information about PPO plans; and (2) existing requirements for PPOs to demonstrate quality assurance efforts.GAO noted that: (1) some of the largest health care purchasers in th...
HCFA: Medicare Program--Medicare Coverage of and Payment for Bone Mass Measurements
OGC-98-59: Published: Jul 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) new rule on Medicare coverage and payment for bone mass measurements. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule with comment period would provide for uniform coverage of, and payment for, bone mass measurements for certain Medicare beneficiaries for services finished on or after July 1, 1998; (2) the rul...
Private Health Insurance: Employer Coverage Trends Signal Possible Decline in Access for 55- to 64-Year-Olds
T-HEHS-98-199: Published: Jun 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed access to health insurance by near-elderly Americans aged 55 to 64, focusing on the near elderly's: (1) health, employment, income, and health insurance status; (2) ability to obtain employer-based health insurance if they retire before they are eligible for Medicare; and (3) access to individually purchased coverage or employer-based continuation...
Private Health Insurance: Declining Employer Coverage May Affect Access for 55- to 64-Year-Olds
HEHS-98-133: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the ability of Americans aged 55 to 64 to obtain health benefits through the private market--either employer-based or individually purchased, focusing on the near elderly's: (1) health, employment, income, and health insurance status; (2) ability to obtain employer-based health insurance if they retire before they are eligible for Medicare; and (3)...