Physicians (41 - 50 of 477 items)
Medicare: Certain Physician Feedback Reporting Practices of Private Entities Could Improve CMS's Efforts
GAO-14-279: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014.
Private entities GAO reviewed for this study selected a range of measures and benchmarks to assess physician group performance, and provided feedback reports to physicians more than once a year. Private entities almost exclusively focused their feedback efforts on primary care physician groups participating in medical homes and accountable care organizations, which hold physicians responsible for...
Medicare: Nurse Anesthetists Billed for Few Chronic Pain Procedures; Implementation of CMS Payment Policy Inconsistent
GAO-14-153: Published: Feb 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2014.
From 2009 through 2012, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA)—a type of advanced-practice nurse specializing in anesthesia care—billed Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) for a minimal share of selected chronic pain procedures, less than ½ of 1 percent of these procedures in each year. Physicians without board certification in pain medicine billed for the majority of selected procedures e...
Electronic Health Record Programs: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care
GAO-14-207: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014.
Based on the number of providers awarded incentive payments, participation in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) programs increased substantially from their first year in 2011 to 2012. For hospitals, participation increased from 45 percent of those eligible for 2011 to 64 percent of those eligible for 2012. For professionals, suc...
Medicare: Continuous Insurance before Enrollment Associated with Better Health and Lower Program Spending
GAO-14-53: Published: Dec 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
Beneficiaries with continuous health insurance coverage for approximately 6 years before enrolling in Medicare were more likely than those without prior continuous insurance to report being in good health or better during the first 6 years in Medicare. In particular, having prior continuous insurance raised the predicted probability that a beneficiary reported being in good health or better by nea...
Medicaid: Use of Claims Data for Analysis of Provider Payment Rates
GAO-14-56R: Published: Jan 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2014.
Among the 9 states and 35 services examined, GAO found that all states varied Medicaid payments for at least some services. However, the states differed in the number of services for which they varied payments, in the factors that accounted for variation, and in the magnitude of the variation. Many of the states varied payment rates by at least one of the factors GAO was able to explore in detail:...
Clinical Data Registries: HHS Could Improve Medicare Quality and Efficiency through Key Requirements and Oversight
GAO-14-75: Published: Dec 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2013.
Clinical data registries (CDR) have demonstrated a particular strength in assessing physician performance through their capacity to track and interpret trends in health care quality over time. Studies examining results reported by several long-established CDRs demonstrate the utility of CDR data sets for analyzing trends in both outcomes and treatments. CDR efforts to improve outcomes typically in...
Health Care Workforce: HRSA Action Needed to Publish Timely National Supply and Demand Projections
GAO-13-806: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2013.
Since 2008, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded five contracts to research organizations to update national workforce projections, but HRSA has failed to publish any new reports containing projections. As a result, the most recent projections from HRSA available to Congress and others to inform health care wor...
Electronic Health Records: Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicare Incentive Payments for 2011-2012
GAO-14-21R: Published: Oct 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2013.
Hospitals and health care professionals, such as physicians, were awarded a total of approximately $6.3 billion in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments for 2012, which is more than twice the $2.3 billion awarded to hospitals and professionals for 2011. Almost half of eligible hospitals and less than a third of eligible professionals received Medicare EHR incentive payments f...
Health Care Workforce: Federally Funded Training Programs in Fiscal Year 2012
GAO-13-709R: Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2013.
In fiscal year (FY) 2012, we found that four federal departments--the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense, and Department of Education--administered 91 programs that supported postsecondary training or education specifically for direct care health professionals. The departments reported obligating about $14.2 billion for these p...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems
GAO-13-536: Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) performance pay policy has gaps in information needed to appropriately administer this type of pay. The performance pay policy gives VA's 152 medical centers and 21 networks discretion in setting the goals providers must achieve to receive this pay, but does not specify an overarching purpose the goals are to support. VA officials responsible for writing th...