Medicare (61 - 70 of 486 items)
Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program Cases
GAO-12-820: Published: Sep 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2012.
According to 2010 data from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), 10,187 subjects--individuals and entities involved in fraud cases--were investigated for health care fraud, including fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These subjects included different types of provid...
Medicare Special Needs Plans: CMS Should Improve Information Available about Dual-Eligible Plans' Performance
GAO-12-864: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
Why GAO Did This StudyAbout 9 million of Medicare's over 48 million beneficiaries are also eligible for Medicaid because they meet income and other criteria. These dual-eligible beneficiaries have greater health care challenges than other Medicare beneficiaries, increasing their need for care coordination across the two programs. In addition to meeting all the requirements of other MA plans, D-SNP...
Medicare Savings Programs: Implementation of Requirements Aimed at Increasing Enrollment
GAO-12-871: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) took a number of steps to implement the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requirements aimed at eliminating barriers to Medicare Savings Program (MSP) enrollment and spent about $12 million in fiscal years 2009 through 2011 to do so. SSA reported transferring over 1.9 million Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program applications t...
Medicaid: States Reported Billions More in Supplemental Payments in Recent Years
GAO-12-694: Published: Jul 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 2012.
States reported $32 billion in Medicaid supplemental payments during fiscal year 2010, but the exact amount of supplemental payments is unknown because state reporting was incomplete. On expenditure reports used to obtain federal funds filed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states reported the following:A total of $17.6 bi...
Program Integrity: Further Action Needed to Address Vulnerabilities in Medicaid and Medicare Programs
GAO-12-803T: Published: Jun 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2012.
For the Medicaid program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the states have taken some actions related to GAOs four key strategies but more needs to be done.CMSs comprehensive state program integrity reviews identified provider enrollment as the most frequently cited area of concern but the agency has noted a positive trend in states awareness of regulatory r...
Department of Health and Human Services: Opportunities for Financial Savings and Program Improvements in Medicare and Medicaid Remain
GAO-12-719T: Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
Over the past several years, GAO has made a number of recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)to increase savings in Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage (MA), which is a private plan alternative to the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. Open recommendations that could y...
Electronic Health Records: First Year of CMS's Incentive Programs Shows Opportunities to Improve Processes to Verify Providers Met Requirements
GAO-12-481: Published: Apr 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the four states GAO reviewed are implementing processes to verify whether providers met the Medicare and Medicaid EHR programs requirements and, therefore, qualified to receive incentive payments in the first year of the EHR programs. To receive such payments, provide...
Group Purchasing Organizations: Federal Oversight and Self-Regulation
GAO-12-399R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
GPOs are subject to certain federal laws that HHS, DOJ, and FTC are responsible for enforcing. According to HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) officials, since 2004, the office has not routinely exercised its authority to request and review disclosures related to GPOs contract administrative fees, but it has collected information on GPOs contract administrative fees while conduc...
Medicaid: Federal Oversight of Payments and Program Integrity Needs Improvement
GAO-12-674T: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
Oversight of managed care rate-setting has been inconsistent. In August 2010, GAO reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had not ensured that all states were complying with the managed care actuarial soundness requirements that rates be developed in accordance with actuarial principles, appropriate for the population and services, and certified by actuaries. For example,...
Medicare Program Integrity: CMS Continues Efforts to Strengthen the Screening of Providers and Suppliers
GAO-12-351: Published: Apr 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.
Medicare claims are screened against enrollment information, using automated enrollment-related prepayment edits, in an effort to prevent improper payments to ineligible providers and supplierssuch as those that are no longer active in the Medicare program or are not properly licensed to provide the services for which they have submitted claims. Officials with the contractors we interviewed...