Performance measures (31 - 40 of 49 items)
Influenza Pandemic: DOD Has Taken Important Actions to Prepare, but Accountability, Funding, and Communications Need to be Clearer and Focused Departmentwide
GAO-06-1042: Published: Sep 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2006.
An influenza pandemic would be of global and national significance and could affect large numbers of Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, seriously challenging DOD's readiness. GAO was asked to examine DOD's pandemic influenza preparedness efforts. This report focuses on DOD's planning for its workforce, specifically (1) actions DOD has taken to prepare and (2) challenges DOD faces going forward...
Health Professions Education Programs
GAO-06-55: Published: Feb 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2006.
For fiscal years 1999 through 2005, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spent about $2.7 billion to fund the more than 40 health professions education programs authorized under title VII and title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. These programs include those providing grants to institutions, direct assis...
VA and DOD Health Care: Opportunities to Maximize Resource Sharing Remain
GAO-06-315: Published: Mar 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2006.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 required that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) implement programs referred to as the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) and the Demonstration Site Selection (DSS) to increase health care resource sharing between the departments. The act requires GAO to report on (1) VA's and DOD's progress in implementing the programs. G...
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Early Experience with a Consumer-Directed Health Plan
GAO-06-143: Published: Nov 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2005.
Since 2003, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has offered "consumer-directed" health plans (CDHP) to federal employees. A CDHP is a high-deductible health plan coupled with a savings account enrollees use to pay for health care. Unused balances may accumulate for future use, providing enrollees the incentive to purchase health care prudently. However, some have expressed concer...
Food and Drug Administration: Limited Available Data Indicate That FDA Has Been Meeting Some Goals for Review of Medical Device Applications
GAO-05-1042: Published: Sep 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2005.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews applications from manufacturers that wish to market medical devices in the United States. To facilitate prompt approval of new devices and clearance of devices that are substantially equivalent to those legally on the market, the Congress passed the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002 (MDUFMA). The act authorizes FDA to collect user...
Health Centers: Competition for Grants and Efforts to Measure Performance Have Increased
GAO-05-645: Published: Jul 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2005.
Health centers in the federal Consolidated Health Centers program provide comprehensive primary health care services at one or more delivery sites, without regard to patients' ability to pay. In fiscal year 2002, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began implementing the 5-year President's Health Centers Initiative. The initiative's goal is for the program to provide 1,200 gran...
Medicare: Opportunities and Challenges in Contracting for Program Safeguards
GAO-01-616: Published: May 18, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2001.
The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) chose 12 claims administration contractors in 1999 to act as program safeguard contractors (PSC) for Medicare. This report examines (1) HCFA's progress in implementing its PSC contracting authority and (2) whether HCFA could better manage the PSCs to ensure their most effective use. GAO found that HCFA is experimenting with different options for inte...
Medicare Improper Payments: Challenges for Measuring Potential Fraud and Abuse Remain Despite Planned Enhancements
T-AIMD/OSI-00-251: Published: Jul 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) efforts to improve the measurement of improper payments in the Medicare fee-for-service program.GAO noted that: (1) because it was not intended to include procedures designed specifically to identify all types of potential fraudulent and abusive activity, the current methodology does not provide an...
Breast Cancer Research Stamp: Millions Raised for Research, but Better Cost Recovery Criteria Needed
GGD-00-80: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Postal Service's Breast Cancer Research Stamp, focusing on: (1) how the Service went about identifying and allocating the costs it incurred in developing and marketing the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal (BCRS) and the issues associated with effectiveness; (2) the statutory authorities and constraints associated with the Serv...
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...