Health care cost control (51 - 60 of 196 items)
VA Health Care: Opportunities to Significantly Reduce Outpatient Pharmacy Costs
HEHS-97-15: Published: Oct 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical supplies, and dietary supplements to veterans, focusing on: (1) what OTC products VA pharmacies dispense; (2) how VA provision of OTC products compares with that of non-VA health care providers; (3) how much VA spends on OTC products and how much VA recovers through veterans' copayments;...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-29W: Published: Oct 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1996.
GAO presented a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in September 1996 and a listing of reports issued in June 1996 through September 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health care reform; (2) Medicare and Medicaid; (3) higher education; (4) training and employment; (5) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (5) veterans' and military health care...
Prescription Drug Pricing: Implications for Retail Pharmacies
T-HEHS-96-216: Published: Sep 19, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1996.
GAO discussed the implications of prescription drug pricing for retail pharmacies, focusing on the: (1) changes in the process of getting prescription drugs from manufacturers to patients; and (2) consequences for and response of retail pharmacies to these changes. GAO noted that: (1) health insurers have used their consolidated buying power to obtain drug discounts not available to retail pharmac...
VA Health Care: Issues Affecting Eligibility Reform Efforts
HEHS-96-160: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed various proposals that would simplify and expand eligibility for veterans' health care benefits.GAO found that: (1) the VA health care system was neither designed nor intended to be the primary source of health care services for most veterans; (2) as the eligibility requirements for VA health care have evolved over the years, they have become incre...
Health Financing and Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-15(4): Published: Sep 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1996.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Health Financing and Systems issue area as of September 3, 1996...
Health Services, Quality and Public Health Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-96-14(4): Published: Sep 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1996.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in its Health Services, Quality and Public Health issue area as of September 3, 1996...
Medicaid: Waiver Program for Developmentally Disabled Is Promising But Poses Some Risks
HEHS-96-120: Published: Jul 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' experiences in utilizing the Medicaid waiver program to provide care for developmentally disabled adults in alternative settings, focusing on: (1) expanding state use of the waiver program; (2) controlling long-term care costs for developmentally disabled individuals; and (3) the strengths and limitations in states' quality assurance approa...
Prescription Drugs and Medicaid: Automated Review Systems Can Help Promote Safety, Save Money
AIMD-96-72: Published: Jun 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' experiences with automated prospective drug utilization review (PRODUR) systems in their Medicaid programs, focusing on: (1) how these systems can improve patient safety, control program costs, and reduce fraud, waste, and abuse; and (2) impediments to effective implementation of PRODUR systems.GAO found that: (1) between January 1994 and J...
Practice Guidelines: Managed Care Plans Customize Guidelines to Meet Local Interests
HEHS-96-95: Published: May 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how managed health plans make use of existing clinical practice guidelines.GAO found that: (1) clinical practice guidelines promote greater uniformity within physician networks, encourage improved efficiency and clinical decision-making, and eliminate unnecessary care; (2) several health plans have adopted clinical practice guidelines to control co...
Health Insurance: Coverage of Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation for Breast Cancer
HEHS-96-83: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 28, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed insurance coverage of autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) for breast cancer, focusing on: (1) the factors insurers consider when deciding whether to cover treatment; (2) the effectiveness of the treatment; and (3) the consequences of the increased use and insurance coverage of the treatment while it is still in clinical trials.GAO found t...