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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.
Often suffering from multiple physical and mental impairments, the 1.5 million elderly and disabled Americans living in nursing homes are a highly vulnerable population. These individuals typically require extensive help with daily living, such as such as dressing, feeding, and bathing.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the ability of homeless people to obtain assistance through mainstram federal programs, focusing on: (1) why homeless people cannot always access or effectively use federal mainstream programs; and (2) how the federal government can improve...
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the independent living program (ILP), focusing on: (1) the extent of services provided under ILPs; and (2) what is known about the effect of these services on youths' ability to live on their own.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on inpatient and residential treatment facilities' use of restraints or seclusion as a means of treating mental patients, focusing on the: (1) dangers of restraint and seclusion, the extent to which restraint and seclusion are used in inpatient...
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) proposal to expand the definition of "poor performing" nursing homes to include homes with repeated actual harm violations (G-level deficiencies).