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Guardianships: Little Progress in Ensuring Protection for Incapacitated Elderly People
GAO-06-1086T: Published: Sep 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2006.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging asked GAO to follow up on its 2004 report, Guardianships: Collaboration Needed to Protect Incapacitated Elderly People, GAO-04-655. This report covered what state courts do to ensure that guardians fulfill their responsibilities, what exemplary guardianship programs look like, and how state courts and federal agencies work together to protect incapacitated eld...
Assisted Living: Examples of State Efforts to Improve Consumer Protections
GAO-04-684: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: May 27, 2004.
Assisted living facilities provide help with activities of daily living in a residential setting for individuals who cannot live independently but do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care. In 2002, over 36,000 assisted living facilities served approximately 900,000 residents. The states establish and enforce licensing standards for these institutions. Because states have taken widely differing...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles Persist
GAO-03-697: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
Millions of Americans are unable to provide their own transportation--or even use public transportation--for Medicaid appointments, Head Start classes, job training, or other services. Such "transportation disadvantaged" persons are often disabled, elderly, or low income. Various federal programs are authorized to provide transportation services to them. GAO was asked to (1) identify the federal p...
Nursing Homes: Sustained Efforts Are Essential to Realize Potential of the Quality Initiatives
HEHS-00-197: Published: Sep 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal and state initiatives to improve the quality of nursing homes, focusing on: (1) progress in improving the detection of quality problems and changes in measured nursing home quality; (2) the status of efforts to strengthen states' complaint investigation processes and federal enforcement policies; and (3) additional steps take...
Medicare+Choice: Payments Exceed Cost of Fee-for-Service Benefits, Adding Billions to Spending
HEHS-00-161: Published: Aug 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare Choice program payment issues, focusing on: (1) whether program spending for Medicare Choice plan enrollees has exceeded what Medicare-covered care for these beneficiaries would have cost in the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare program; and (2) the extent to which payments to individual plans differ from expected FFS costs.GAO noted that: (1...
Medical Malpractice: Effects of Varying Laws in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
HEHS-00-5: Published: Oct 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the effects of laws in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, focusing on: (1) the rationale behind selected reforms states have made to their medical malpractice tort law; (2) whether selected tort reforms have reduced malpractice insurance costs and the costs associated with defensive medicine; (3) the extent to which th...
Medicare: Need to Overhaul Costly Payment System for Medical Equipment and Supplies
HEHS-98-102: Published: May 12, 1998. Publicly Released: May 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare's payments for commonly purchased, off-the-shelf durable medical equipment (DME), focusing on the need to: (1) better identify products billed to Medicare; and (2) bring Medicare fees more in line with current marketplace prices.GAO noted that: (1) there are two underlying problems with Medicare's DME payment system; (2) the Health Care Fi...
Medical Review Saving
HEHS-94-93R: Published: Feb 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated a Medicare contractor's 1992 conversion to a shared part-B Medicare claims processing system, focusing on why the contractor's medical review savings decreased significantly between fiscal years 1991 and 1992. GAO noted that: (1) the contractor's reported medical review savings dropped from $51.2 million for 1991 to $24.3 million in 1992; and (2)...
Board and Care Homes: Elderly at Risk From Mishandled Medications
HRD-92-45: Published: Feb 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the misuse and mismanagement of residents' medications in board and care homes for the elderly, focusing on whether: (1) staff who work in licensed board and care homes are knowledgeable about the proper handling of medications; (2) staff follow proper procedures for storing, supervising, and administering medications; and (3) residents receive the...
Administration on Aging: Harmonizing Growing Demands and Shrinking Resources
PEMD-92-7: Published: Feb 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information that it had previously presented in a testimony on the Administration on Aging's (AOA) programs and services, focusing on: (1) the match between its missions and resources; (2) how AOA provides technical assistance and oversight to state units on aging; and (3) whether AOA technical assistance meets the needs of state units on aging.GAO...