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Medicare spent nearly $28 billion in 2019 on short-term care for 1.5 million beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities after hospital stays.
Research indicates low nurse staffing can lead to potentially preventable re-hospitalizations.
Before physicians practice medicine independently, they receive on-the-job training as residents in teaching hospitals. These residents are vital providers of health care during their training, and many stay in the geographic area to practice after their training is completed.
What GAO Found Private entities GAO reviewed for this study selected a range of measures and benchmarks to assess physician group performance, and provided feedback reports to physicians more than once a year.
What GAO FoundThe QI program enrolled about 426,000 individuals nationwide in 2009--the most recent year for which comprehensive enrollment data were available--with expenditures of about $431 million.
What GAO FoundOur work on the outcomes of the CBP round 1 rebid found that the number of bidding suppliers and the number of contracts awarded in the CBP round 1 rebid were very similar to the CBP round 1 and about a third of the 1,011 suppliers that bid in the rebid were awarded at least one CBP contract....
In 2005 Medicare paid over $1.4 billion for anesthesia services. These services are generally provided by anesthesia practitioners, such as anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).