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What GAO Found Five federal agencies within four departments fund home and community-based services and supports that older adults often require to continue living independently in their own homes and communities.
What GAO Found GAO's review of 294 approved Medicaid nursing home applications in three states showed that 41 percent of applicants had total resources—both countable and not countable as part of financial eligibility determination—of $2,500 or less and 14 percent had over $100,000 in total resources....
What GAO FoundCMS developed and implemented the Five-Star System largely during an 8-month period in 2008 with input from long-term care stakeholders, CMSs Five-Star System contractor, and members of a technical expert panela panel composed of nine individuals that CMS identified as experts in long-term...
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This document presents the responses from two Web-based questionnaires on the process for identifying and citing nursing home deficiencies.
In 2002, CMS contracted with Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) to help nursing homes address quality problems such as pressure ulcers, a deficiency frequently identified during routine inspections conducted by state survey agencies.
GAO provided to Congress, as requested, a statement for the record on Medicare payments for certain drugs provided to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a condition of permanent kidney failure.
GAO was asked to discuss--based on Medicare: Focus on Physician Practice Patterns Can Lead to Greater Program Efficiency, GAO-07-307 (Apr. 30, 2007)--the importance in Medicare of providing feedback to physicians on how their use of health care resources compares with that of their peers.