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Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on Veterans' Access to Choice Program Care
GAO-17-397T: Published: Mar 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2017.
The Choice Program allows veterans to obtain health care services outside the Veterans Health Administration if those services are not available or readily accessible within VHA. We found that--if VHA staff and the Choice Program contractors take the maximum amount of time allowed for appointment scheduling--veterans could potentially wait up to 81 calendar days to attend their first appointments...
Patient Safety: Hospitals Face Challenges Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
GAO-16-308: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
The six selected hospitals in GAO's study identified three key challenges that affected their efforts to implement evidence-based patient safety practices. Patient safety practices, such as using proper antiseptics, can reduce or eliminate adverse events, which GAO defined as events such as infections that harm patients and result from the medical care patients receive rather than patients' underl...
Mental Health: Better Documentation Needed to Oversee Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grantees
GAO-15-405: Published: May 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2015.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) established criteria for the five grant programs covered by GAO's review that varied by program, but GAO found that CMHS did not document its application of criteria for about a third of the 16 grantees GAO reviewed. An example of how criteria varied by program is that one of the five...
National Institutes of Health: Research Priority Setting, and Funding Allocations across Selected Diseases and Conditions
GAO-14-246: Published: Mar 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2014.
Individual institutes and centers (ICs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) set their own research priorities, and GAO found that the five selected ICs—awarding the largest amount of research funding—that it reviewed did so considering similar factors and using various priority-setting approaches. Agency officials stated that the ICs' mission and appropriations inform priority-setting a...
Drug Shortages: FDA's Ability to Respond Should Be Strengthened
GAO-12-116: Published: Nov 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
The number of drug shortages has grown substantially since 2006. In total, 1,190 shortages were reported from January 1, 2001, through June 20, 2011, according to UUDIS data. From 2006 through 2010, the number of drug shortages increased each year. A record number of shortages were reported in 2010, and 2011 is on pace to surpass 2010's record. Sixty-five percent of shortages involved drugs that w...
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Program Planning and Reporting
GAO-11-785: Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2011.
U.S. assistance through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has helped provide treatment, care, and prevention services overseas to millions affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2008, Congress reauthorized PEPFAR with the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (2008 Leadership Act). The act requir...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: IRS Should Expand Its Strategic Approach to Implementation
GAO-11-719: Published: Jun 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2011.
This report discusses the briefing we gave on June 8, 2011, as well as subsequent comments from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We gave this briefing in response to Congressional request that we assess IRS's planning to implement its responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The report (1) describes IRS's PPACA responsibilities and effective dates and (2) a...
Medicare Part D: CMS Conducted Fraud and Abuse Compliance Plan Audits, but All Audit Findings Are Not Yet Available
GAO-11-269R: Published: Feb 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2011.
The Medicare Part D program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides a voluntary, outpatient prescription drug benefit for eligible individuals 65 years and older and eligible individuals with disabilities. CMS contracts with private companies--such as health insurance companies and companies that manage pharmacy b...
Poorly Performing Nursing Homes: Special Focus Facilities Are Often Improving, but CMS's Program Could Be Strengthened
GAO-10-197: Published: Mar 19, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2010.
CMS established the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program in 1998 to help address poor nursing home performance. States select a subset of homes as SFFs from a list of the 15 poorest performing homes in each state, but the program is limited to 136 homes nationwide because of resource constraints. CMS guidance directs states to survey SFFs twice as frequently as other homes and to propose more robu...
Medicare Part D: CMS Oversight of Part D Sponsors' Fraud and Abuse Programs Has Been Limited, but CMS Plans Oversight Expansion
GAO-10-481T: Published: Mar 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2010.
Medicare Part D, the voluntary, outpatient prescription drug benefit for eligible individuals 65 years and older and certain individuals with disabilities, is at risk for fraud, waste, and abuse. Part D is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). All Part D sponsors--private companies that operate Part D benefit plans--are required to have programs to safeguard the Part...