Health insurance (41 - 50 of 138 items)
Undocumented Aliens: Questions Persist about Their Impact on Hospitals' Uncompensated Care Costs
GAO-04-472: Published: May 21, 2004. Publicly Released: May 28, 2004.
About 7 million undocumented aliens lived in the United States in 2000, according to Immigration and Naturalization Service estimates. Hospitals in states where many of them live report that treating them can be a financial burden. GAO was asked to examine the relationship between treating undocumented aliens and hospitals' costs not paid by patients or insurance. GAO was also asked to examine fed...
VA Health Care: VA Increases Third-Party Collections as It Addresses Problems in Its Collections Operations
GAO-03-740T: Published: May 7, 2003. Publicly Released: May 7, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collects health insurance payments, known as third-party collections, for veterans' health care conditions it treats that are not a result of injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during military service. In September 1999, VA adopted a new fee schedule, called "reasonable charges," that it anticipated would increase revenues from third-party collecti...
Federal Employees' Health Plans: Premium Growth and OPM's Role in Negotiating Benefits
GAO-03-236: Published: Dec 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2003.
Federal employees' health insurance premiums have increased at double-digit rates for 3 consecutive years. GAO was asked to examine how the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program's (FEHBP) premium trends compared to those of other large purchasers of employer-sponsored health insurance, factors contributing to FEHBP's premium growth, and steps the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) takes to h...
Medicare: Recent CMS Reforms Address Carrier Scrutiny of Physicians' Claims for Payment
GAO-02-693: Published: May 28, 2002. Publicly Released: May 28, 2002.
In 1990, GAO designated the Medicare program to be at high-risk for waste, fraud, and abuse. More than a decade later, Medicare remains on GAO's high-risk list. This report examines Medicare's claims review process, which is designed to detect improper billing or payments. GAO found that most physicians who bill Medicare are largely unaffected by carriers' medical reviews, with 90 percent of physi...
Medicare: Orthotics Ruling Has Implications for Beneficiary Access and Federal and State Costs
GAO-02-330: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: May 22, 2002.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), became concerned that some suppliers were improperly billing Medicare for items that attach to wheelchairs and other equipment. Some suppliers were billing for such items using codes for orthodic devices, including arm, back, and neck braces that prov...
Retired Coal Miners' Health Benefit Funds: Financial Challenges Continue
GAO-02-243: Published: Apr 18, 2002. Publicly Released: May 20, 2002.
More than 100,000 retired coal miners and their spouses and dependents in 1992 faced a potential decrease in their employment-related health insurance coverage or loss of such coverage altogether. Some former employers had stopped mining coal or gone out of business and were no longer contributing to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) retiree benefit funds. To ensure that these individuals...
Medicare Subvention Demonstration: Pilot Satisfies Enrollees, Raises Cost and Management Issues for DOD Health Care
GAO-02-284: Published: Feb 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Medicare subvention demonstration tested alternate approaches to health care coverage for military retirees. Retirees could enroll in new DOD-run Medicare managed care plans, known as TRICARE Senior Prime, at six sites. The demonstration plan offered enrollees the full range of Medicare-covered services as well as additional TRICARE services, with minimal copaymen...
VA Health Care: VA Has Not Sufficiently Explored Alternatives for Optimizing Third-Party Collections
GAO-01-1157T: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reversed the general decline in its third-party collections for the first time since fiscal year 1995. The fiscal year 2001 increase appears to be largely the result of VA's implementation of a new system, known as the reasonable charges billing system, which allowed VA to move from a flat-rate billing system to one that itemizes charges. However, long-s...
Medicare: New Spending Estimates Underscore Need for Reform
GAO-01-1010T: Published: Jul 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2001.
Although the short-term outlook of Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund improved in the last year, Medicare's long-term prospects have worsened. The Medicare Trustee's latest projections, released in March, use more realistic assumptions about health care spending in the years ahead. These latest projections call into question the program's long-term financial health. The Congressional Budget...
Medicare: Higher Expected Spending and Call for New Benefit Underscore Need for Meaningful Reform
GAO-01-539T: Published: Mar 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2001.
Much is at stake when it comes to Medicare reform--not only the program's future but also the nation's fiscal flexibility to pursue other important national goals and programs in the future. A comprehensive effort to reform Medicare and put it on a sustainable path would help fulfill this generation's stewardship responsibility to succeeding generations. It would also help to preserve some capacit...