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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.
Medical emergency responders (e.g. doctors and nurses) enrolled in a Department of Health and Human Services program can be called up and sent to help states and localities in a public health emergency.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has had trouble recruiting and retaining medical, engineering, and other science and technology professionals to support activities like biomedical and clinical research. This research can include studies of HIV, flu, and COVID-19.
The National Institutes of Health plays a key role in biomedical research to reduce illness and lengthen life. It has its own scientific staff but more than 80% of its budget goes to researchers working in universities and other institutions.
What GAO Found The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) engages in some planning for the 72 health care workforce programs administered by its agencies, but lacks comprehensive planning and oversight to ensure that these efforts meet national health care workforce needs.
What GAO Found In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began systematically developing guidance for the key staff involved in grantee monitoring—project officers in its programmatic bureaus and grants management specialists and...
What GAO Found GAO found that there is substantial federal funding for health care workforce training programs but that obtaining comprehensive information about the scope of such programs is challenging.
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 Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has mechanisms in place to share information important for supporting the agency's mission across its various organizational components and levels of staff--a practice that is consistent...