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Medical Devices: Cancer Risk Led FDA to Warn Against Certain Uses of Power Morcellators and Recommend New Labeling
GAO-17-231: Published: Feb 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2017.
Between 1991 and 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the federal agency responsible for the oversight of medical devices—cleared 25 submissions for laparoscopic power morcellators for the U.S. market. FDA cleared the submissions for these devices, which cut tissue into small pieces to facilitate removal through small incision sites of gynecological and other types of minimally invasiv...
Medicare Value-Based Payment Models: Participation Challenges and Available Assistance for Small and Rural Practices
GAO-17-55: Published: Dec 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2016.
Based on a review of literature and interviews with 38 stakeholders, GAO identified challenges faced by small and rural physician practices when participating in Medicare's new payment models. These models, known as value-based payment models, are intended to reward health care providers for resource use and quality, rather than volume, of services. The challenges identified are in five key topic...
Electronic Health Information: HHS Needs to Strengthen Security and Privacy Guidance and Oversight
GAO-16-771: Published: Aug 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2016.
The use of electronic health information can allow providers to more efficiently share information and give patients easier access to their health information, among other benefits. Nonetheless, systems storing and transmitting health information in electronic form are vulnerable to cyber-based threats. The resulting breaches—involving over 113 million records in 2015—can have serious adverse...
Electronic Health Records: VA's Efforts Raise Concerns about Interoperability Goals and Measures, Duplication with DOD, and Future Plans
GAO-16-807T: Published: Jul 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2016.
Even as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken numerous initiatives with the Department of Defense (DOD) that were intended to advance the ability of the two departments to share electronic health records, the departments have not identified outcome-oriented goals and metrics to clearly define what they aim to achieve from their interoperability efforts. In an August 2015 report, G...
Veterans' Health Care: Proper Plan Needed to Modernize System for Paying Community Providers
GAO-16-353: Published: May 11, 2016. Publicly Released: May 11, 2016.
To help ensure that veterans are provided timely and accessible health care services, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has purchased care from non-VA community providers through its care in the community programs since as early as 1945. VHA's agency-wide data show that in fiscal year 2015, it processed about 66 percent of claims within the agency'...
Healthcare.gov: Actions Needed to Enhance Information Security and Privacy Controls
GAO-16-265: Published: Mar 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2016.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported 316 security-related incidents, between October 2013 and March 2015, affecting Healthcare.gov—the web portal for the federal health insurance marketplace—and its supporting systems. According to GAO's review of CMS records for this period, the majority of these incidents involved such things as electronic probing of CMS systems by pot...
Electronic Health Records: Nonfederal Efforts to Help Achieve Health Information Interoperability
GAO-15-817: Published: Sep 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2015.
Representatives from the 18 nonfederal initiatives GAO reviewed described a variety of efforts they are undertaking to achieve or facilitate electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, but most of these initiatives remain works in progress. EHR interoperability is the ability of systems to exchange electronic health information with other systems and process the information without special ef...
International Classification of Diseases: CMS Has Updated Systems and Supported Stakeholders' Efforts to Use New Codes
GAO-15-789: Published: Sep 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finished updating its systems with the changes it determined were needed to process the new International Classification of Diseases codes (ICD-10) on Medicare fee-for-service claims. In 2007, CMS began taking steps to identify components of its systems that needed to be changed to update the ICD codes from version 9 to 10. CMS began making th...
State Health Insurance Marketplaces: CMS Should Improve Oversight of State Information Technology Projects
GAO-15-527: Published: Sep 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2015.
States reported to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they spent about $1.45 billion in federal marketplace grant funding on information technology (IT) projects supporting health insurance marketplaces, as of March 2015. The majority of this spending was for state-based marketplaces (i.e., marketplaces established and operated by...
Defense Health Care Reform: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Defense Health Agency Maintains Implementation Progress
GAO-15-759: Published: Sep 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2015.
Nearly 2 years after the creation of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), the Department of Defense (DOD) has made progress toward completing its implementation process, but has not addressed issues related to GAO's past recommendations regarding personnel requirements, an approach to cost savings, and performance measures.Personnel - The DHA has initiated the process of assessing personnel requiremen...