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Public Health Emergencies: HHS Needs to Better Communicate Requirements and Revise Plans for Assessing Impact of Personnel Reassignment
GAO-17-187: Published: Jan 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2017.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has primary federal responsibility for overseeing medical and public health preparedness and response and coordinating the reassignment of personnel in a public health emergency. ASPR has developed processes to review and approve states' and tribes' requests for per...
FDA Facilities: Planning Efforts for White Oak Campus Should Further Incorporate Leading Practices to Address Ongoing Challenges
GAO-17-87: Published: Dec 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2017.
Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) described various benefits and challenges related to the consolidation of about 10,500 FDA staff and contractors at a campus in White Oak, Maryland. As of 2016, the campus was partially complete, with 9 of the 10 planned office buildings constructed and 27 percent more staff than the 8,2...
Medicaid Personal Care Services: CMS Could Do More to Harmonize Requirements across Programs
GAO-17-28: Published: Nov 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2016.
Four states that GAO reviewed varied in how they implemented safeguards to protect beneficiaries receiving in-home personal care services from harm and in their methods to help ensure billed services were actually provided. For example, to help keep beneficiaries safe, the four selected states—California, Maryland, Oregon, and Texas—reported that they monitored beneficiaries by having case man...
Medicare: Initial Results of Revised Process to Screen Providers and Suppliers, and Need for Objectives and Performance Measures
GAO-17-42: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2016.
GAO's analysis of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Medicare enrollment data found that CMS used its revised enrollment screening process to screen and revalidate over 2.4 million unique new applications and existing enrollment records. GAO's analysis showed that the screening resulted in over 23,000 new applications being denied or rejected and over 703,000 existing enrollment r...
Newborn Screening Timeliness: Most States Had Not Met Screening Goals, but Some Are Developing Strategies to Address Barriers
GAO-17-196: Published: Dec 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2016.
Most states that reported timeliness data had not screened newborns within recommended goals to detect conditions that may require treatment. The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children recommended time-frame goals in 2015 for newborn screening, such as reporting all results within 7 days of birth. Data provided by 38 states...
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Results of Enrollment Testing for the 2016 Special Enrollment Period
GAO-17-78: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2016.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires that federal and state-based marketplaces verify application information—such as citizenship or immigration status—to determine eligibility for enrollment in a health plan, potentially including a subsidy. However, there is no specific legal requirement to verify the events that trigger a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which is...
Medicare Value-Based Payment Models: Participation Challenges and Available Assistance for Small and Rural Practices
GAO-17-55: Published: Dec 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2016.
Based on a review of literature and interviews with 38 stakeholders, GAO identified challenges faced by small and rural physician practices when participating in Medicare's new payment models. These models, known as value-based payment models, are intended to reward health care providers for resource use and quality, rather than volume, of services. The challenges identified are in five key topic...
Prescription Drug Labels: Actions Needed to Increase Awareness of Best Practices for Accessible Labels for Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
GAO-17-115: Published: Dec 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2016.
GAO found that some pharmacies can provide accessible prescription drug labels, which include labels in audible, braille, and large print formats and are affixed to prescription drug containers.Mail order pharmacies: Four pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) used by large insurers that GAO contacted reported that they can provide accessible labels through their mail order pharmacies.Retail pharmacies...
Nursing Homes: Consumers Could Benefit from Improvements to the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five-Star Quality Rating System
GAO-17-61: Published: Nov 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2016.
GAO found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on the use of the Nursing Home Compare website, which was developed with the goal of assisting consumers in finding and comparing nursing home quality information. CMS uses three standard mechanisms for collecting website information—website analytics, website user surveys, and website usability tests. These m...
VA Health Care: Improved Monitoring Needed for Effective Oversight of Care for Women Veterans
GAO-17-52: Published: Dec 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2016.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) does not have accurate and complete data on the extent to which its medical centers comply with environment of care standards for women veterans. VHA policy requires its medical facilities, including VA medical centers, to meet environment of care standards related to the privacy, safety, and dignity of women veterans. V...