Cost analysis (81 - 90 of 100 items)
Indian Health Service: Funding Based on Historical Patterns, Not Need
HRD-91-5: Published: Feb 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on: (1) Indian Health Service (IHS) funding distribution methods and the funds allocated for fiscal year (FY) 1980 through FY 1990; (2) per-capita funding for the Oklahoma IHS area; and (3) the effect of IHS funding constraints on health services delivery in Oklahoma, with special attention to the Contract Health Services (CHS) program...
Medicare: Comparison of Two Methods of Computing Home Health Care Cost Limits
HRD-90-167: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the potential effect on Medicare costs and beneficiaries of limiting home health care costs by type of visit.GAO found that: (1) Medicare home health costs would have been about $36.9 million lower from July 1, 1987, through June 30, 1988, if the cost limits had been applied by type of visit rather than in the aggregate; (2) from J...
Drug-Exposed Infants: A Generation at Risk
HRD-90-138: Published: Jun 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growing number of infants born to mothers using drugs, focusing on the: (1) extent of the problem; (2) health effects and medical costs; (3) impact of the problem on health and welfare systems; and (4) availability of drug treatment and prenatal care to drug-addicted pregnant women.GAO found that: (1) estimates of the number of infants exposed...
Drug Exposed Infants: A Generation at Risk
T-HRD-90-46: Published: Jun 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1990.
GAO discussed the growing and costly problem of substance-abusing mothers and their infants. GAO found that: (1) tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of drug-exposed infants are born each year, but the exact number is unknown because hospitals are not identifying many of them; (2) mothers of drug-exposed infants are more likely to receive little or no prenatal care; (3) drug-exposed infants' hea...
Parental Leave: Estimated Cost of Revised Parental and Medical Leave Act Proposal
HRD-88-132: Published: Sep 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO revised its cost estimate for S.249, which would cover employees working for firms with 50 or more workers who had been with the firm for at least 1 year and worked 1,000 or more hours.GAO estimated that: (1) the cost to employers for continued health benefits to workers on unpaid leave to care for new children would be $90 million annually; (2) about 84...
Parental Leave: Estimated Cost of Revised Parental and Medical Leave Act
HRD-88-103: Published: May 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO revised the cost estimate for S. 249, a bill concerning parental and medical leave, to take into account possible revisions in employee eligibility and the duration of allowable leave.GAO found that the revised legislation would include: (1) coverage for firms with 20 or more workers with 1 year's service and 900 or more hours of work, instead of 15 or m...
Government Contractors: Criteria Needed for Allowable Employee Health Care Costs
T-HRD-88-12: Published: Mar 16, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1988.
GAO discussed efforts to ensure that the employee health care costs that the federal government pays under negotiated contracts are reasonable. GAO found that: (1) in 1985, the government reimbursed its 10 largest contractors about $1.2 billion for their health care expenses, or about $2,344 per employee; (2) these costs exceeded the average per-employee costs that contractors, manufacturers, and...
Medicare: Hospital Payment Rates Should Be Revised To Assure Reasonableness and Equity
T-HRD-88-9: Published: Mar 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Medicare's Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospital rates. GAO noted that: (1) the original PPS rates were too high because they incorporated unaudited cost data, including unallowable costs and costs for unnecessary services; (2) subsequent annual updates and adjustments to rates have used estimated and incomplete data; (3) costs of services cov...
Parental Leave: Estimated Costs of H.R. 925, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1987
HRD-88-34: Published: Nov 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO estimated the cost to employers of H.R. 925, a bill that would permit employees to take up to 10 weeks of unpaid leave over a 2-year period upon the birth, adoption, or serious illness of a child or parent and up to 15 weeks every 2 years for their own illness. The bill would apply to firms of 50 or more persons during the first 3 years after enactment,...
Use of Unaudited Hospital Cost Data Resulted in Overstatement of Medicare's Prospective Payment System Rates
HRD-85-74: Published: Jul 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1985.
GAO reviewed: (1) the effect of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) use of unaudited cost reports to determine the standardized amount used in computing prospective payment system (PPS) rates; and (2) the effect of not removing all capital costs from the cost data even though these costs are paid separately from PPS rates.GAO noted that HCFA used unaudited data and some capital costs...