Health care services (31 - 40 of 66 items)
Retiree Health Plans: Health Benefits Not Secure Under Employer-Based System
HRD-93-125: Published: Jul 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on private-sector employers' reductions of retiree health benefits, focusing on the: (1) type of benefit reductions; (2) impact of Financial Accounting Standard (FAS) 106; and (3) federal courts' basis for allowing employers to reduce retiree health benefits.GAO found that: (1) employers are controlling retiree health benefit costs by i...
Health Care: Rochester's Community Approach Yields Better Access, Lower Costs
HRD-93-44: Published: Jan 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the health care system in Rochester, New York, which has lower health care costs per capita and provides health insurance to a larger proportion of its residents than the nation as a whole.GAO found that: (1) in 1991, health insurance costs per employee in Rochester were 33 percent lower than national health care costs; (2) Rochester's hospital cos...
Health Care Reform
OCG-93-8TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized federal policy and management issues relating to health care reform.GAO noted that: (1) the new administration faces the challenge of finding a better way to manage and finance the U.S. health care system while preserving high-quality innovative medical care; (2) the United States has the highest health care system costs in the industrialized wor...
State Health Care Reform: Federal Requirements Influence State Reforms
T-HRD-92-55: Published: Sep 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1992.
GAO discussed its report on states' responses to the growing crisis in health care access, focusing on: (1) states' initiatives to expand accessibility and affordability of the health care system; and (2) needed changes in federal law to facilitate innovative health care reform. GAO noted that: (1) most states have focused on expanding access to health care services, such as mandating universal co...
Medicare: Reimbursement Policies Can Influence the Setting and Cost of Chemotherapy
PEMD-92-28: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined factors that influence where oncologists treat Medicare patients and the potential cost to the federal government of treatment in different settings.GAO found that: (1) some oncologists have treated cancer patients in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings when, by clinical standards, these patients could have received treatment in the office;...
Access to Health Care: States Respond to Growing Crisis
HRD-92-70: Published: Jun 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state initiatives concerning health care access and affordability, and federal barriers which limit states' progress toward achieving universal health care.GAO found that: (1) states have moved decisively to devise plans to expand access to health insurance and control increases in health costs, but have been hindered by the restrict...
RBRVS and Administrative Costs
HRD-92-38R: Published: Jul 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on the costs physicians might incur as a result of Medicare changing from the reasonable charge payment method to a resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS). GAO noted that: (1) the procedure codes and descriptions for physician visits changed when RBRVS went into effect, which probably required physicians to spend some time becoming familiar w...
VA Health Care: Alternative Health Insurance Reduces Demand for VA Care
HRD-92-79: Published: Jun 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential impact of employer mandates and universal coverage on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system.GAO found that: (1) a 1987 survey estimated that 463,000 veterans used VA hospitals, and 66,000 veterans were not covered by private health insurance; (2) universal health insurance coverage or employer-mandated i...
Medicare: Third Status Report on Medicare Insured Group Demonstration Projects
HRD-92-53: Published: Jan 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the status of: (1) the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) implementation of the Medicare Insured Groups (MIG) demonstration projects; and (2) any projects awarded.GAO found that: (1) two of the three MIG sponsors that completed feasibility analysis phases decided not to proceed to the development phase, while the third had submitted a...
Health Care Spending Control: The Experience of France, Germany, and Japan
T-HRD-92-12: Published: Nov 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the health care systems in France, Germany, and Japan. GAO noted that: (1) France, Germany, and Japan provide universal access to health insurance while spending less on health care than the United States; (2) under the U.S. and the three countries' health care systems, multiple payers provide health insurance, people typically get health insurance for themselves and their dependents...