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Medicare: Results from the First Two Years of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model
GAO-15-401: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: May 22, 2015.
Health care providers and suppliers voluntarily form accountable care organizations (ACO) to provide coordinated care to patients with the goal of reducing spending while improving quality. Within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) began testing the Pioneer ACO Model in 2012. Under this model, ACOs can earn additional Medicare p...
Medicare: Potential Uses of Electronically Readable Cards for Beneficiaries and Providers
GAO-15-319: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency that administers Medicare—could use electronically readable cards in Medicare for a number of different purposes. Three key uses include authenticating beneficiary and provider presence at the point of care, electronically exchanging beneficiary medical information, and electronically conveying beneficiary identity and insurance inf...
Sole Community Hospitals: Early Indications Show That TRICARE's Revised Reimbursement Rules Have Not Affected Access to Care
GAO-15-402: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015.
TRICARE's revised reimbursement rules for Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs), which provide health care in rural areas or where similar hospitals do not exist under certain criteria, approximate those for Medicare's. Specifically, both programs reimburse SCHs using the greater of either a cost-based amount or the allowed amount under a diagnostic-related-group-based payment system, although each prog...
Medicare: Payment Methods for Certain Cancer Hospitals Should Be Revised to Promote Efficiency
GAO-15-199: Published: Feb 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015.
Unlike beneficiaries seen at teaching hospitals paid under Medicare's prospective payment systems (PPS) in 2012, nearly all beneficiaries seen at PPS-exempt cancer hospitals (PCH)—a group of 11 facilities having met certain statutory criteria—had a diagnosis of cancer. However, the health status of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who were treated at PCHs and PPS teaching hospitals was not m...
Health Care: Information on Coverage Choices for Servicemembers, Former Servicemembers, and Dependents
GAO-15-4: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Servicemembers', former servicemembers', and their dependents' eligibility for health care coverage through the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is primarily based on military status, while eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and coverage purchased through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is based on age, incom...
Medicare: Bidding Results from CMS's Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program
GAO-15-63: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2014.
The Medicare competitive bidding program (CBP) for durable medical equipment (DME) is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under the CBP, only competitively selected contract suppliers can furnish certain DME items (such as oxygen supplies and hospital beds) at competitively determined prices to Medicare benefi...
Private Health Insurance: Concentration of Enrollees among Individual, Small Group, and Large Group Insurers from 2010 through 2013
GAO-15-101R: Published: Dec 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2014.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires GAO to study competition and market concentration in the health insurance market. For this study, we examined individual, small group, and large group health insurance markets prior to the implementation of key PPACA provisions that went into effect in 2014 and that could affect competition and market concentration among health insure...
Health Care Transparency: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers
GAO-15-11: Published: Oct 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014.
Results obtained from two selected private consumer transparency tools GAO reviewed—websites with health cost or quality information comparing different health care providers—show that some providers are paid thousands of dollars more than others for the same service in the same geographic area, regardless of the quality of such services. For example, the cost for maternity care at selected ac...
Compounded Drugs: Payment Practices Vary across Public Programs and Private Insurers, and Medicare Part B Policy Should Be Clarified
GAO-15-85: Published: Oct 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2014.
Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers have varying payment practices for compounded drugs, depending upon whether compounded drugs and their ingredients can be identified on health insurance claims, and Medicare's Part B payment policy for these drugs is unclear.For drugs dispensed in pharmacy settings, claims contain sufficient information for public programs and private insurers to ide...
Compounded Drugs: TRICARE's Payment Practices Should Be More Consistent with Regulations
GAO-15-64: Published: Oct 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) TRICARE program paid for about 465,000 compounded drug prescriptions through its pharmacy benefit in fiscal year 2013; these prescriptions represented 0.3 percent of all prescription drugs paid for through TRICARE's pharmacy benefit in that year. Most of these compounded drug prescriptions were dispensed in retail pharmacies and to retirees and their family member...