Health care costs (31 - 40 of 77 items)
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...
Vaccines for Children: Barriers to Immunization
T-PEMD-95-21: Published: May 4, 1995. Publicly Released: May 4, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Vaccine for Children program, focusing on barriers to immunization. GAO noted that: (1) although CDC began providing free vaccines in order to remove vaccine cost as a barrier to childhood immunization, there has been no sufficient evidence to conclude that vaccine cost has been a major barrier to immunizatio...
German Health Reforms: Changes Result in Lower Health Costs in 1993
HEHS-95-27: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
GAO reviewed the German health care system, focusing on the: (1) effects of nonnegotiable budgets on health care cost and access to care; and (2) status of some of the structural changes intended to control costs over the longer term.GAO found that: (1) during 1993, the German health care sectors generally succeeded in controlling the growth of health care costs, with outlays per member falling mo...
Medicare: Inadequate Review of Claims Payments Limits Ability to Control Spending
HEHS-94-42: Published: Apr 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1994.
GAO reviewed the adequacy of Medicare contractors' postpayment review activities, focusing on: (1) whether the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is identifying providers that are inappropriately billing the Medicare program; and (2) why Medicare spends so much for certain medical services.GAO found that: (1) HCFA does not monitor Medicare carriers' postpayment analyses and often misses o...
Medicare Diagnostic Imaging Rates
HEHS-94-129R: Published: Apr 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed diagnostic imaging services offered by physicians, focusing on a comparison of in-practice and referral rates for 7 types of imaging services. GAO noted that: (1) physicians who had their own imaging equipment had much higher imaging rates for all types of imaging services; and (2) in-practice imaging rates were about 3 times higher for magnetic re...
1993 German Health Reforms: Initiatives Tighten Cost Controls
T-HRD-94-2: Published: Oct 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1993.
GAO discussed the German health care system, focusing on the approaches used to control health care costs. GAO noted that: (1) before 1993, Germany had budget caps on physician and hospital services that were negotiated by provider associations and sickness funds that provide health insurance to most Germans; (2) German health care reforms limit physician and hospital expenditures to increases in...
1993 German Health Reforms: New Cost Control Initiatives
HRD-93-103: Published: Jul 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined recent German health care reforms, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the German reforms; (2) the nature of the reforms; (3) the initial reaction to and expected effects of the reforms; and (4) implications for U.S. health care reforms.GAO found that: (1) large increases in mandated health care premiums and variations in contribution rates between he...
Medicare Physician Payment: Geographic Adjusters Appropriate But Could Be Improved With New Data
HRD-93-93: Published: Jul 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) used the best available data when setting the geographic adjusters for the Medicare program.GAO found that: (1) time constraints limited HCFA ability to develop data sources for use in establishing geographic adjusters; (2) HCFA contracted with several research organizations to develop recomme...
Medicare: Physicians Who Invest in Imaging Centers Refer More Patients for More Costly Services
T-HRD-93-14: Published: Apr 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1993.
GAO discussed the effect on health care utilization and costs when physicians invest in medical facilities and then refer their patients to those facilities. GAO noted that: (1) in 1990, physicians had invested in all but one of the 39 freestanding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers in Florida; (2) 3,000 Florida physicians had a financial interest in a freestanding imaging center; (3) physic...
Medicare: Reimbursement Policies Can Influence the Setting and Cost of Chemotherapy
PEMD-92-28: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined factors that influence where oncologists treat Medicare patients and the potential cost to the federal government of treatment in different settings.GAO found that: (1) some oncologists have treated cancer patients in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings when, by clinical standards, these patients could have received treatment in the office;...