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Medicare Home Health: Payments to Most Freestanding Home Health Agencies More Than Cover Their Costs
GAO-04-359: Published: Feb 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2004.
Under Medicare's home health prospective payment system (PPS), home health agencies (HHA) are paid a fixed amount, adjusted for differences in individual patients' expected care needs, for providing an episode (up to 60 days) of care. For this payment, HHAs provide therapy, skilled nursing, medical social service, and aide visits to patients in their homes. GAO previously reported that PPS payment...
Marijuana: Early Experiences with Four States' Laws That Allow Use for Medical Purposes
GAO-03-189: Published: Nov 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2002.
A number of states have adopted laws that allow medical use of marijuana. Federal law, however, does not recognize any accepted medical use for marijuana and individuals remain subject to federal prosecution for marijuana possession. Debate continues over medical effectiveness of marijuana, and over government policies surrounding medical use. State laws in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and California a...
Nursing Homes: Public Reporting of Quality Indicators Has Merit, but National Implementation Is Premature
GAO-03-187: Published: Oct 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2002.
GAO was asked to review the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to publicly report additional information on its "Nursing Home Compare" Web site intended to help consumers choose a nursing home. GAO examined CMS's development of the new nursing home quality indicators and efforts to verify the underlying data used to calculate them. GAO also reviewed the assistance CMS offere...
Veterans' Benefits Claims: Further Improvements Needed in Claims-Processing Accuracy
HEHS-99-35: Published: Mar 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regional offices' (RO) accuracy in processing disability claims, focusing on: (1) the extent of improvements made by the Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR) system in measuring claims-processing accuracy; (2) additional efforts needed to strengthen the system; and (3) challenges the Veterans Benefits...
Health Professions Education: Role of Title VII/VIII Programs in Improving Access to Care Is Unclear
HEHS-94-164: Published: Jul 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on strategies and programs to increase the number of primary care providers and improve access to care in underserved areas, focusing on whether: (1) available data show that program changes have led to greater access to health care in rural and underserved areas; and (2) evaluations show that these changes were attributable to the programs.GAO f...
Health and Safety: DOE's Implementation of a Comprehensive Health Surveillance Program Is Slow
RCED-94-47: Published: Dec 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the: (1) status of the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to implement a comprehensive health surveillance program; and (2) effectiveness of the current DOE health surveillance program.GAO found that: (1) although almost 4 years have passed since the Secretary of Energy directed the establishment of a comprehensive health surveillance program, DO...
Improvements Needed in the District's General Public Assistance Program
GGD-83-13: Published: Mar 3, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1983.
GAO reviewed the District of Columbia's General Public Assistance (GPA) program and recommended specific action which it believes will enhance the District's administration of the program.GAO found that some recipients worked and earned income in excess of allowable earnings or received unemployment compensation while they received GPA benefits. Increased use of the reports which list recipients w...
Problems and Options in Estimating the Size of the Illegal Alien Population
IPE-82-9: Published: Sep 24, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed methodologies used in measuring hidden populations for their potential in improving estimates of illegal aliens, described the problems attending the use of alternative estimation methods, and presented options for acquiring improved policymaking information in the illegal alien area.Acquiring population statistics on illegal aliens is important...
Unreliability of the American Health Planning Association's Savings Estimate for the Health Planning Program
HRD-80-49: Published: Mar 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1980.
In early 1979, the American Health Planning Association, a national organization representing areawide and State health planning agencies established under the 1974 National Health Planning and Resources Development Act, completed a survey of the impact of the health planning program. The Association reported that planning agencies had disapproved or discouraged proposed capital investment project...
Review of Widespread Errors in the Listing of Medicare Payments Over $100,000 Released by HEW
HRD-78-32: Published: Feb 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1978.
A review was undertaken of the Health Care Financing Administration's Medicare Bureau's listing of physicians and group practices receiving over $100,000 in Medicare payments.In its review, GAO found that errors in the listing were caused primarily by the inaccurate and incomplete data that the Bureau used in preparing the list. The list was prepared within an unnecessarily tight time limit. To de...