Health care programs (1 - 10 of 12 items) in Past Year
Medicaid: Program Oversight Hampered by Data Challenges, Underscoring Need for Continued Improvements
GAO-17-173: Published: Jan 6, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2017.
GAO found that available Medicaid expenditure and utilization data do not provide CMS with sufficient information to consistently ensure that payments are proper or that beneficiaries have access to covered services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicaid program, relies on two key data s...
Health Care Quality: HHS Should Set Priorities and Comprehensively Plan Its Efforts to Better Align Health Quality Measures
GAO-17-5: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016.
While the full extent of misalignment among health care quality measures is unknown, it can have adverse effects on providers and efforts to improve quality of care. Misalignment occurs when health care payers require providers to report on measures that focus on different quality issues or define the measures using different specifications. GAO identified three studies that provided some informat...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Final Results of Undercover Testing of the Federal Marketplace and Selected State Marketplaces for Coverage Year 2015
GAO-16-792: Published: Sep 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2016.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health-insurance marketplaces are required to verify application information to determine eligibility for enrollment and, if applicable, determine eligibility for income-based subsidies or Medicaid. Verification steps include reviewing and validating an applicant's Social Security number, if one is provided; citizenship, status as a U.S...
Military Health Care: Army Needs to Improve Oversight of Warrior Transition Units
GAO-16-583: Published: Jul 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2016.
The Army has not assessed the effectiveness of the Triad of Care model, the core structure of the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) program, consisting of a team of three key staff that provide medical case management. The Army established the Triad of Care model at a time when WTU soldiers' diagnoses were primarily for physical conditions. Since then, the composition of diagnoses has changed signific...
Medicare Fee-For-Service: Opportunities Remain to Improve Appeals Process
GAO-16-366: Published: May 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016.
The appeals process for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims consists of four administrative levels of review within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a fifth level in which appeals are reviewed by federal courts. Appeals are generally reviewed by each level sequentially, as appellants may appeal a decision to the next level depending on the prior outcome. Under the administr...
Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls
GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
In June 2015 and April 2016, GAO reported on CMS's implementation of enrollment-screening procedures that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to prevent and detect ineligible or potentially fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling into its Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). GAO identified weaknesses in CMS's verification of provider practice locat...
Medicare: Claim Review Programs Could Be Improved with Additional Prepayment Reviews and Better Data
GAO-16-394: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses different types of contractors to conduct prepayment and postpayment reviews of Medicare fee-for-service claims at high risk for improper payments. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) conduct prepayment and postpayment reviews; Recovery Auditors (RA) generally conduct postpayment reviews; and the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (...
Medicare Advantage: Fundamental Improvements Needed in CMS's Effort to Recover Substantial Amounts of Improper Payments
GAO-16-76: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: May 9, 2016.
Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer beneficiaries a private plan alternative to the original program and are paid a predetermined monthly amount by Medicare for each enrolled beneficiary. These payments are risk adjusted to reflect each enrolled beneficiary's health status and projected spending for Medicare-covered servic...
Medicaid Program Integrity: Improved Guidance Needed to Better Support Efforts to Screen Managed Care Providers
GAO-16-402: Published: Apr 22, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6, 2016.
GAO found that the selected states and Medicaid managed care plans face significant challenges in screening providers for eligibility to participate in the Medicaid program. Based on information we received from two selected states and 16 selected plans, GAO found that the states and plans used information that was fragmented across 22 databases managed by 15 different federal agencies to screen p...
Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times
GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has not conducted any systematic, agency-wide oversight of the timeliness of primary care provided in its federally operated facilities. IHS has delegated primary responsibility for the oversight of care provided in its facilities to its area offices and has not set any agency-wide standards for patient wait times—including both how long it should take to schedule...