Health insurance cost control (31 - 40 of 170 items)
Medicare: Higher Expected Spending and Call for New Benefit Underscore Need for Meaningful Reform
GAO-01-539T: Published: Mar 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2001.
Much is at stake when it comes to Medicare reform--not only the program's future but also the nation's fiscal flexibility to pursue other important national goals and programs in the future. A comprehensive effort to reform Medicare and put it on a sustainable path would help fulfill this generation's stewardship responsibility to succeeding generations. It would also help to preserve some capacit...
Prescription Drugs: Drug Company Programs Help Some People Who Lack Coverage
GAO-01-137: Published: Nov 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2000.
As Congress considers Medicare beneficiaries' access to prescription drug coverage, there is increased interest in the range of options available to help vulnerable populations obtain access to needed medications. Patient assistance programs, offered voluntarily by drug companies, are generally designed to provide prescription drugs to low-income persons who lack drug coverage. These programs typi...
Long-Term Care Insurance: Better Information Critical to Prospective Purchasers
T-HEHS-00-196: Published: Sep 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the challenges the baby boom generation and society face in planning for and financing its future long-term care needs, and the role that private long-term care insurance may play in meeting those challenges, focusing on: (1) the increased demand the baby boom generation will likely create for long-term care; (2) an overview of current spending fo...
Medicare: HCFA Could Do More to Identify and Collect Overpayments
HEHS/AIMD-00-304: Published: Sep 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on efforts to recover Medicare's overpayments, focusing on: (1) how the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and its contractors identify potential overpayments, and whether techniques used by recovery auditors would improve overpayment identification; (2) how well HCFA and its contractors collect overpayments once they are ident...
Medicare+Choice: Plan Withdrawals Indicate Difficulty of Providing Choice While Achieving Savings
HEHS-00-183: Published: Sep 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed health care plans' withdrawal from the Medicare Choice program, focusing on the: (1) geographic distribution and the distribution among plans of enrollees affected by the recent plan withdrawals; (2) factors associated with plans that terminated or reduced their participation in the program; and (3) likely role of payment rates in affecting plans'...
Prescription Drugs: Expanding Access to Federal Prices Could Cause Other Price Changes
HEHS-00-118: Published: Aug 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the expansion of Medicare beneficiaries' access to prescription drugs, focusing on the: (1) federal drug price discounts available to federal and nonfederal purchasers and the size of those discounts; and (2) potential effects that extending such discounts to nonfederal purchasers may have on outpatient drug prices paid by federal an...
Medicare+Choice: Payments Exceed Cost of Fee-for-Service Benefits, Adding Billions to Spending
HEHS-00-161: Published: Aug 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare Choice program payment issues, focusing on: (1) whether program spending for Medicare Choice plan enrollees has exceeded what Medicare-covered care for these beneficiaries would have cost in the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare program; and (2) the extent to which payments to individual plans differ from expected FFS costs.GAO noted that: (1...
Medicaid: HCFA and States Could Work Together to Better Ensure the Integrity of Providers
T-HEHS-00-159: Published: Jul 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) efforts to better ensure the integrity of providers who bill the Medicaid program, focusing on: (1) why it is important to take steps to ensure that only honest providers bill federal health care programs; (2) what Medicare is doing to strengthen its provider enrollment process; (3) what states are...
Medicare Improper Payments: Challenges for Measuring Potential Fraud and Abuse Remain Despite Planned Enhancements
T-AIMD/OSI-00-251: Published: Jul 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) efforts to improve the measurement of improper payments in the Medicare fee-for-service program.GAO noted that: (1) because it was not intended to include procedures designed specifically to identify all types of potential fraudulent and abusive activity, the current methodology does not provide an...
Mental Health Parity Act: Despite New Federal Standards, Mental Health Benefits Remain Limited
HEHS-00-95: Published: May 10, 2000. Publicly Released: May 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, focusing on the: (1) extent to which employers comply with the law and how they have revised their health plans; (2) law's effect on claims costs; and (3) steps federal agencies have taken to ensure compliance with the law.GAO noted that: (1) 86 percent of the responding employers in the 2...