Administration (1 - 5 of 5 items)
Drug Shortages: Public Health Threat Continues, Despite Efforts to Help Ensure Product Availability
GAO-14-194: Published: Feb 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2014.
The number of drug shortages remains high. Although reports of new drug shortages declined in 2012, the total number of shortages active during a given year—including both new shortages reported and ongoing shortages that began in a prior year—has increased since 2007. Many shortages are of generic sterile injectable drugs. Provider association representatives reported that drug shortages may...
Medicare Advantage: Special Needs Plans Were More Profitable, on Average, than Plans Available to All Beneficiaries in 2011
GAO-14-210R: Published: Dec 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2014.
Special needs plans (SNP) reported having higher profit margins and spending a lower percentage of total revenues on medical expenses, on average, than Medicare Advantage (MA) plans available to all beneficiaries in 2011. For instance, SNPs' average profit margin was 4.0 percentage points higher than plans available to all beneficiaries--8.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent. SNPs also had a higher plan-lev...
VA Surgical Implants: Shortcomings in Implant Purchasing and Tracking
GAO-14-271T: Published: Jan 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2014.
GAO's work at four VAMCs found that these VAMCs did not always follow VHA requirements for documenting open-market purchases of surgical implants. Specifically:None of the four VAMCs fully complied with VHA requirements for obtaining waivers required for open-market purchases of surgical implants because they were focusing on other priorities or lacked awareness of the requirements, among other fa...
Health Resources and Services Administration: Review of Internal Communication Mechanisms, Staffing, and Use of Contracts
GAO-14-52: Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 2014.
The 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 with internal control standards for the federal government. These communication methods include an annual oper...
Federal Autism Activities: Better Data and More Coordination Needed to Help Avoid the Potential for Unnecessary Duplication
GAO-14-16: Published: Nov 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2013.
Eighty-four percent of the autism research projects funded by federal agencies had the potential to be duplicative. Of the 1,206 autism research projects funded by federal agencies from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, 1,018 projects were potentially duplicative because the projects were categorized to the same objectives in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's (IACC) strategic plan. Fun...