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Open Recommendations

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Additional Efforts Needed to Assess Program Data for Rural and Underserved Areas

GAO-21-283
May 10, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of CDC should take steps to systematically disaggregate and analyze maternal health program data by rural and underserved areas, and make adjustments to program efforts, as needed. (Recommendation 1)
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Health Resources and Services Administration The Administrator of HRSA should take steps to systematically disaggregate and analyze maternal health program data by rural and underserved areas and make adjustments to program efforts, as needed. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Healthy People Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup and the Maternal Health Working Group to establish a formal coordinated approach for monitoring maternal health efforts across HHS, including in rural and underserved areas. Such an approach could include establishing a process for exchanging information and discussing relevant program efforts and outcomes across HHS during regular standing meetings on a routine basis. (Recommendation 3)
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Defense Health Care: DOD Needs to Fully Assess Its Non-clinical Suicide Prevention Efforts and Address Any Impediments to Effectiveness

GAO-21-300
Apr 26, 2021
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Department of Defense The Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should require DSPO to collaborate with the military services to develop a process to ensure that individual non-clinical suicide prevention efforts are assessed for effectiveness in the military population. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should require DSPO to collaborate with the military services to develop consistent suicide-related definitions to be used department-wide and require them to be used in the updated DOD and military service policies. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should enhance collaboration between DSPO and the Psychological Health Center of Excellence on the production of their annual suicide reports to minimize duplication of efforts. (Recommendation 3)
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COVID-19: HHS Should Clarify Agency Roles for Emergency Return of U.S. Citizens during a Pandemic

GAO-21-334
Apr 19, 2021
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should revise or develop new emergency repatriation response plans that clarify agency roles and responsibilities, including those for an evacuation and quarantine, during a pandemic. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should plan and conduct regular exercises with relevant stakeholders—including federal partners, state, local, and territorial governments—to test repatriation plans in response to a pandemic and update relevant plans based on lessons learned. (Recommendation 2)
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COVID-19: Sustained Federal Action Is Crucial as Pandemic Enters Its Second Year

GAO-21-387
Mar 31, 2021
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should make the Department's different sources of publicly available COVID-19 data accessible from a centralized location on the internet. This could improve the federal government's communication with the public about the ongoing pandemic. See Health Care Indicators enclosure. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should finalize and implement a post-payment review process to validate COVID-19 Uninsured Program claims and to help ensure timely identification of improper payments, including those resulting from potential fraudulent activity, and recovery of overpayments. See Relief for Health Care Providers enclosure. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collects data specific to the COVID-19 vaccination rates in nursing homes and makes these data publicly available to better ensure transparency and that the necessary information is available to improve ongoing and future vaccination efforts for nursing home residents and staff. See Nursing Homes enclosure. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, requires nursing homes to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to residents and staff and design and implement associated quality measures. See Nursing Homes enclosure. (Recommendation 4)
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Office of the Under Secretary for Health The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health should develop metrics to assess the number of vaccines administered by vaccine rollout phase to better assess progress and make any necessary adjustments as needed. See Veterans Health Care enclosure. (Recommendation 5)
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Office of the Under Secretary for Health The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health should develop preliminary vaccination targets for when it will move from one vaccination phase to another; or within one phase, from one group of veterans to another. See Veterans Health Care enclosure. (Recommendation 6)
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