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Medicare: Payment Methods for Certain Cancer Hospitals Should Be Revised to Promote Efficiency
GAO-15-199: Published: Feb 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015.
Unlike beneficiaries seen at teaching hospitals paid under Medicare's prospective payment systems (PPS) in 2012, nearly all beneficiaries seen at PPS-exempt cancer hospitals (PCH)—a group of 11 facilities having met certain statutory criteria—had a diagnosis of cancer. However, the health status of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who were treated at PCHs and PPS teaching hospitals was not m...
Healthcare.gov: CMS Has Taken Steps to Address Problems, but Needs to Further Implement Systems Development Best Practices
GAO-15-238: Published: Mar 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2015.
Several problems with the initial development and deployment of Healthcare.gov and its supporting systems led to consumers encountering widespread performance issues when trying to create accounts and enroll in health plans:Inadequate capacity planning: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did not plan for adequate capacity to support Healthcare.gov and its supporting systems.Softwar...
Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings
GAO-15-211: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
Antipsychotic drugs are frequently prescribed to older adults with dementia. GAO's analysis found that about one-third of older adults with dementia who spent more than 100 days in a nursing home in 2012 were prescribed an antipsychotic, according to data from Medicare's prescription drug program, also known as Medicare Part D. Among Medicare Part D enrollees with dementia living outside of a nurs...
Improper Payments: TRICARE Measurement and Reduction Efforts Could Benefit from Adopting Medical Record Reviews
GAO-15-269: Published: Feb 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2015.
The Defense Health Agency (DHA), the agency within the Department of Defense (DOD) responsible for administering the military health program known as TRICARE, uses a methodology for measuring TRICARE improper payments that is less comprehensive than the methodology used to measure improper payments in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly and certain disabled individuals. Both...
International Classification of Diseases: CMS's Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes
GAO-15-255: Published: Jan 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has undertaken a number of efforts to prepare for the October 1, 2015, transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes, which are used for documenting patient medical diagnoses and inpatient medical procedures. CMS has developed educational ma...
Private Health Insurance: Geographic Variation in Spending for Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven by Inpatient Prices
GAO-15-214: Published: Dec 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2015.
Spending for an episode of care in the private sector varied across metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) for coronary stent placement, laparoscopic appendectomy, and total hip replacement, even after GAO adjusted for geographic differences in the cost of doing business and differences in enrollee demographics and health status. MSAs in the highest-spending quintile had average adjusted episode spe...
Health Care: Information on Coverage Choices for Servicemembers, Former Servicemembers, and Dependents
GAO-15-4: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Servicemembers', former servicemembers', and their dependents' eligibility for health care coverage through the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is primarily based on military status, while eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and coverage purchased through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is based on age, incom...
Medicaid: Federal Funds Aid Eligibility IT System Changes, but Implementation Challenges Persist
GAO-15-169: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Reported spending across all 50 states and the District of Columbia totaled more than $1.8 billion for Medicaid 90/10 funds—funds for eligibility information technology (IT) system changes—through September 30, 2014. Spending has grown steadily, with the most significant increases over the most recent quarters. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 34 states used 90/...
Medicare: Bidding Results from CMS's Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program
GAO-15-63: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 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 (HHS). Under the CBP, only competitively selected contract suppliers can furnish certain DME items (such as oxygen supplies and hospital beds) at competitively determined prices to Medicare benefi...
Private Health Insurance: Concentration of Enrollees among Individual, Small Group, and Large Group Insurers from 2010 through 2013
GAO-15-101R: Published: Dec 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2014.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires GAO to study competition and market concentration in the health insurance market. For this study, we examined individual, small group, and large group health insurance markets prior to the implementation of key PPACA provisions that went into effect in 2014 and that could affect competition and market concentration among health insure...