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Medicare Physician Payments: Medical Settings and Safety of Endoscopic Procedures
GAO-03-179: Published: Oct 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2002.
Every year millions of Americans covered by Medicare undergo endoscopic medical procedures in a variety of health care settings ranging from physicians' offices to hospitals. These invasive procedures call for the use of a lighted, flexible instrument and are used for screening and treating disease. Although some of these procedures can be performed while the patient is fully awake, most require s...
Medicare Hospital and Physician Payments: Geographic Cost Adjustments Important to Preserve Beneficiary Access to Services
GAO-02-968T: Published: Jul 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2002.
This testimony discusses Medicare program payment adjustments to hospitals and physicians that account for geographic differences in costs. Because Medicare's hospital and physician payment systems are based on national rates, these geographic cost adjustments are essential to account for costs beyond providers' control and to ensure that beneficiaries have adequate access to services. If these ad...
Medicare Physician Payments: Spending Targets Encourage Fiscal Discipline, Modifications Could Stabilize Fees
GAO-02-441T: Published: Feb 14, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2002.
Congress implemented a physician fee schedule and a fee update formula to moderate spending growth relative to specified Medicare spending targets. These spending targets increase annually to reflect higher costs for physician services, the growth in the overall economy, and changes in the number of Medicare beneficiaries. Physician fees are adjusted for changes in the costs of providing services...
Military Treatment Facilities: Emergency Department Utilization
HEHS-00-63R: Published: Mar 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether military active duty service personnel, retirees, and their dependents not enrolled in the Department of Defense's (DOD) TRICARE program, are obtaining nonemergency medical care through Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) emergency departments, focusing on the: (1) services' efforts to determine requirements for MTF emergency...
Defense Health Care: Operational Difficulties and System Uncertainties Pose Continuing Challenges for TRICARE
T-HEHS-98-100: Published: Feb 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1998.
GAO discussed the status of the Department of Defense's (DOD) implementation of its managed health care program, TRICARE, focusing on: (1) DOD's progress in implementing TRICARE; (2) whether DOD is adequately assessing TRICARE'S effects on military health care access, quality, and cost; and (3) the implications of ongoing and proposed changes in the military health care system itself for TRICARE's...
Veterans' Affairs and Military Health Care Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-98-12(1): Published: Feb 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Veterans' Affairs and Military Health Care issue area as of February 2, 1998...
Medicare: Enhancing Health Care Quality Assurance
T-HEHS-95-224: Published: Jul 27, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed quality health care for Medicare beneficiaries, focusing on: (1) how the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) plans to ensure that Medicare providers furnish quality care in both fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems; and (2) experts' views on essential quality assurance components. GAO noted that: (1) HCFA has had problems impl...
Defense Health Care: Problems with Medical Care Overseas Are Being Addressed
HEHS-95-156: Published: Jul 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed beneficiary access to military health care in Europe, focusing on the: (1) availability of health care in military facilities; (2) obstacles in providing military health care; (3) experiences of beneficiaries that have used host nation providers instead of military health care providers; and (4) Department of Defense's (DOD) handling of service del...
Federal Health Care Delivery Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-16(3): Published: Jul 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Federal Health Care issue area as of July 6, 1995...