Health care costs (51 - 60 of 167 items)
Prescription Drugs: Increasing Medicare Beneficiary Access and Related Implications
T-HEHS/AIMD-00-99: Published: Feb 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed options for increasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to prescription drugs, focusing on the: (1) factors contributing to the growth in prescription drug spending and efforts to control that growth; and (2) design and implementation issues to be considered regarding proposals to improve seniors' access to affordable prescription drugs.GAO noted th...
Medicare: Beneficiaries' Prescription Drug Coverage
T-HEHS-99-198: Published: Sep 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Medicare beneficiaries' access to prescription drug coverage, focusing on: (1) how growth in presciption drug spending for both the general population and Medicare beneficiaries has made coverage such an important policy issue; (2) the sources and extent of Medicare beneficiary drug coverage; and (3) benefit design and implementation issues to be...
Medicare Managed Care: Better Risk Adjustment Expected to Reduce Excess Payments Overall While Making Them Fairer to Individual Plans
T-HEHS-99-72: Published: Feb 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the adjustment of Medicare's payments to managed care plans in the Medicare Choice program, focusing on the: (1) importance of improving the current risk adjustment method; (2) implications of rate-setting changes implemented in 1998; and (3) the advantages and drawbacks of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) proposed new interim ris...
HIV/AIDS Drugs: Funding Implications of New Combination Therapies for Federal and State Programs
HEHS-99-2: Published: Oct 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential implications for federal and state budgets from the increased use of combination drug therapies for patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunedeficiency syndrome (AIDS), focusing on: (1) federal and state spending on HIV and AIDS drug treatment, by major programs, over the last several years; (...
Long Term Care: Baby Boom Generation Presents Financing Challenges
T-HEHS-98-107: Published: Mar 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the challenges the country will face in financing long-term care for the baby boom generation, focusing on: (1) the current spending for long-term care for the elderly; (2) the increased demand that the baby boom generation will likely create for long-term care; (3) recent shifts in Medicaid and Medicare financing of long-term care; and (4) the po...
HCFA: Medicare and Medicaid Programs--Salary Equivalency Guidelines for Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy Services
OGC-98-30: Published: Feb 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) new rule on salary equivalency guidelines. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the salary equivalency guidelines for Medicare payments for the reasonable costs of physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech language pathology and occupational therapy services furnished under arrangements b...
Health Financing and Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-98-15(1): Published: Feb 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Health Financing and Systems issue area as of February 2, 1998...
Medicaid: Managed Care and Individual Hospital Limits for Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments
HEHS-98-73R: Published: Jan 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment limits, focusing on: (1) whether state formulas vary in their inclusion of managed care costs and revenues when calculating the maximum amount a specific hospital can receive; and (2) whether such variation is allowed by the Medicaid program; and, if so, (3) Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) o...
Medicaid: Disproportionate Share Payments to State Psychiatric Hospitals
HEHS-98-52: Published: Jan 23, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program payments to state psychiatric institutions, focusing on: (1) how the amount of DSH payments to state psychiatric hospitals compares with DSH payments made to other types of hospitals; (2) how the proportion of Medicaid beneficiaries in state psychiatric hospitals compares with the proportion in...
Health Care Access: Opportunities to Target Programs and Improve Accountability
T-HEHS-97-204: Published: Sep 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1997.
GAO discussed the Rural Health Clinic Program in the broader context of GAO's past reviews of federal efforts to improve access to primary health care, focusing on: (1) the common problems GAO found and some recent initiatives to address them; and (2) how the type of management changes called for under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 can help the Rural Health Clinic and related...