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Medicare Fraud: Further Actions Needed to Address Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-14-712T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicare—has made progress in implementing several key strategies GAO identified or recommended in prior work as helpful in protecting Medicare from fraud; however, implementing other important actions that GAO recommended could help CMS and its program integrity...
Private Health Insurance: The Range of Average Annual Premiums in the Small Group Market by State in Early 2013
GAO-14-524R: Published: May 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014.
GAO reported the range of average premiums for health insurance products sold to small employers in the small group market of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia during the first quarter of 2013. The average premiums reflected information from data submitted by insurers to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) within the Department of Health and Human S...
Medicare Physical Therapy: Self-Referring Providers Generally Referred More Beneficiaries but Fewer Services per Beneficiary
GAO-14-270: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2014.
From 2004 to 2010, non-self-referred physical therapy (PT) services increased at a faster rate than self-referred PT services. During this period, the number of self-referred PT services per 1,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries was generally flat, while non-self-referred PT services grew by about 41 percent. Similarly, the growth rate in expenditures associated with non-self-referred PT se...
Federal Autism Activities: Funding and Coordination Efforts
GAO-14-613T: Published: May 20, 2014. Publicly Released: May 20, 2014.
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...
Medicare: Further Action Could Improve Improper Payment Prevention and Recoupment Efforts
GAO-14-619T: Published: May 20, 2014. Publicly Released: May 20, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicare, has made progress improving improper payment prevention and recoupment efforts in the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program, but further actions are needed.Provider enrollment. CMS has implemented certain provider enrollment screening procedures authorize...
Medicare Fraud: Progress Made, but More Action Needed to Address Medicare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-14-560T: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicare—has made progress in implementing several key strategies GAO identified in prior work as helpful in protecting Medicare from fraud; however, important actions that could help CMS and its program integrity contractors combat fraud remain incomplete.Provid...
Medicare Imaging Accreditation: Effect on Access to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Is Unclear amid Other Policy Changes
GAO-14-378: Published: Apr 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2014.
GAO found that the number of advanced diagnostic imaging (ADI) services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the office setting—an indicator of access to those services—began declining before and continued declining after the accreditation requirement went into effect on January 1, 2012. In particular, the rate of decline from 2009 to 2010 was similar to the rate from 2011 to 2012 for magneti...
Medicare: Second Year Update for CMS's Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program Round 1 Rebid
GAO-14-156: Published: Mar 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2014.
The Medicare competitive bidding program (CBP) for durable medical equipment (DME) is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the CBP, only competitively selected contract suppliers can furnish certain DME product categories (such as oxygen supplies and hospital beds) at competitively determined prices to Medicare...
Medicare: Certain Physician Feedback Reporting Practices of Private Entities Could Improve CMS's Efforts
GAO-14-279: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014.
Private entities GAO reviewed for this study selected a range of measures and benchmarks to assess physician group performance, and provided feedback reports to physicians more than once a year. Private entities almost exclusively focused their feedback efforts on primary care physician groups participating in medical homes and accountable care organizations, which hold physicians responsible for...
Electronic Health Records: HHS Strategy to Address Information Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones
GAO-14-242: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014.
Providers and stakeholders GAO interviewed in four states with ongoing electronic health information exchange efforts cited key challenges to exchange, in particular, issues related to insufficient standards, concerns about how privacy rules can vary among states, difficulties in matching patients to their records, and costs associated with exchange. Officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medic...