Medicare (61 - 70 of 335 items)
Medicare: Financial Challenges and Considerations for Reform
GAO-03-577T: Published: Apr 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2003.
We are pleased to be here today as Congress examines Medicare's financial health and consider the budgetary and economic challenges presented by an aging society. The Comptroller General has been particularly attentive to the sustainability challenges faced by the nation's two largest entitlement programs--Medicare and Social Security--for more than a decade since he served as a public trustee for...
Medicare: Observations on Program Sustainability and Strategies to Control Spending on Any Proposed Drug Benefit
GAO-03-650T: Published: Apr 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2003.
The House Committee on Ways and Means is holding a hearing on modernizing Medicare and integrating prescription drugs into the program. There are growing concerns about gaps in the Medicare program, most notably the lack of outpatient prescription drug coverage, which may leave Medicare's most vulnerable beneficiaries with high out-of-pocket costs. At the same time, Medicare already faces a huge p...
Medicare Provider Enrollment: Opportunities to Enhance Program Integrity Efforts
GAO-03-185: Published: Mar 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2003.
Staffing companies that contract with physicians to staff hospital departments--including emergency departments--are not permitted to bill Medicare. In the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000, Congress directed GAO to assess the program integrity implications of enrolling these companies and allowing them to bill Medicare. GAO reviewed about 2.8 million em...
VA Health Care: Third-Party Collections Rising as VA Continues to Address Problems in Its Collections Operations
GAO-03-145: Published: Jan 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collects health insurance payments, known as third-party collections, for veterans' health care conditions it treats that are not a result of injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during military service. In September 1999, VA adopted a new fee schedule, called "reasonable charges," that it anticipated would increase revenues from third-party collecti...
Medicare Hospital and Physician Payments: Geographic Cost Adjustments Important to Preserve Beneficiary Access to Services
GAO-02-968T: Published: Jul 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2002.
This testimony discusses Medicare program payment adjustments to hospitals and physicians that account for geographic differences in costs. Because Medicare's hospital and physician payment systems are based on national rates, these geographic cost adjustments are essential to account for costs beyond providers' control and to ensure that beneficiaries have adequate access to services. If these ad...
Medicare: Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001
GAO-02-731: Published: Jun 3, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2002.
The Medicare program is the nation's largest health insurer with almost 40 million beneficiaries and outlays of over $219 billion annually. Because of the susceptibility of the program to fraud and abuse, Congress enacted the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPAA) of 1996. HCFAC, which is administered by the D...
Medicare: Recent CMS Reforms Address Carrier Scrutiny of Physicians' Claims for Payment
GAO-02-693: Published: May 28, 2002. Publicly Released: May 28, 2002.
In 1990, GAO designated the Medicare program to be at high-risk for waste, fraud, and abuse. More than a decade later, Medicare remains on GAO's high-risk list. This report examines Medicare's claims review process, which is designed to detect improper billing or payments. GAO found that most physicians who bill Medicare are largely unaffected by carriers' medical reviews, with 90 percent of physi...
Medicare: Beneficiary Use of Clinical Preventive Services
GAO-02-422: Published: Apr 10, 2002. Publicly Released: May 23, 2002.
Preventive medicine, including immunizations for many diseases and screening for some types of cancer, holds the promise to extend and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. Medicare now covers three preventive services for immunizations and three for screenings, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sponsors "interventions" to increase the use of preventive serv...
Medicare: Orthotics Ruling Has Implications for Beneficiary Access and Federal and State Costs
GAO-02-330: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: May 22, 2002.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), became concerned that some suppliers were improperly billing Medicare for items that attach to wheelchairs and other equipment. Some suppliers were billing for such items using codes for orthodic devices, including arm, back, and neck braces that prov...
Retired Coal Miners' Health Benefit Funds: Financial Challenges Continue
GAO-02-243: Published: Apr 18, 2002. Publicly Released: May 20, 2002.
More than 100,000 retired coal miners and their spouses and dependents in 1992 faced a potential decrease in their employment-related health insurance coverage or loss of such coverage altogether. Some former employers had stopped mining coal or gone out of business and were no longer contributing to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) retiree benefit funds. To ensure that these individuals...