Health care programs (51 - 60 of 534 items)
GAO's 2013 High-Risk Update: Medicare and Medicaid
GAO-13-433T: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2013.
Medicare Program: CMS has not met GAO's criteria to have the Medicare program removed from the High-Risk List. For example, although CMS has made progress in measuring and reducing improper payment rates in different parts of the program, it has yet to demonstrate sustained progress in lowering the rates. Because the size of Medicare relative to other programs leads to aggregate improper payments...
Medicare Program Integrity: Greater Prepayment Control Efforts Could Increase Savings and Better Ensure Proper Payment
GAO-13-102: Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2012.
Use of prepayment edits saved Medicare at least $1.76 billion in fiscal year 2010, but GAO found that savings could have been greater had prepayment edits been more widely used. GAO illustrated this point using analysis of a limited number of national policies and local coverage determinations (LCD), which are established by each Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) to specify coverage rules i...
Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare Cases, and CMS Efforts to Reduce Fraud
GAO-13-213T: Published: Nov 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2012.
In recently completed work, we found that medical facilities (such as medical centers, clinics, and practices) and durable medical equipment suppliers were the most frequent subjects of criminal fraud cases in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP in 2010. Hospitals and medical facilities were the most frequent subjects of civil fraud cases, including cases that resulted in judgments or settlements. Accord...
Medicare Part D Coverage Gap: Discount Program Effects and Brand-Name Drug Price Trends
GAO-12-914: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2012.
As part of Medicare's Part D Coverage Gap Discount Program (Discount Program), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), oversees the provision of discounts by plan sponsors to eligible beneficiaries when they purchase brand-name drugs and monitors that discounts are paid for by drug manufacturers. CMS checks prescription...
Medicare Private Health Plans: Selected Current Issues
GAO-12-1045T: Published: Sep 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2012.
In March 2012, GAO issued a report on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Advantage (MA) quality bonus payment demonstrationa demonstration CMS initiated rather than implementing the quality bonus program established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Compared to the PPACA quality bonus program, CMSs demonstration increases the n...
Medicare Special Needs Plans: CMS Should Improve Information Available about Dual-Eligible Plans' Performance
GAO-12-864: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
Why GAO Did This StudyAbout 9 million of Medicare's over 48 million beneficiaries are also eligible for Medicaid because they meet income and other criteria. These dual-eligible beneficiaries have greater health care challenges than other Medicare beneficiaries, increasing their need for care coordination across the two programs. In addition to meeting all the requirements of other MA plans, D-SNP...
Medicare Savings Programs: Implementation of Requirements Aimed at Increasing Enrollment
GAO-12-871: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) took a number of steps to implement the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requirements aimed at eliminating barriers to Medicare Savings Program (MSP) enrollment and spent about $12 million in fiscal years 2009 through 2011 to do so. SSA reported transferring over 1.9 million Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program applications t...
Medicare: Implementation of Financial Incentive Programs under Federal Fraud and Abuse Laws
GAO-12-355: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
Certain financial incentive programs are permitted within the framework of federal fraud and abuse laws, but stakeholders GAO spoke with reported that the laws, regulations, and agency guidance have created challenges for program design and implementation. The Stark law and anti-kickback statute, which restrict financial relationships among providers, have statutory and regulatory exceptions and s...
Medicare Advantage: Changes Improved Accuracy of Risk Adjustment for Certain Beneficiaries
GAO-12-52: Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
The effect of CMS's revised community model on payment accuracy varied for the high-risk groups studied. Specifically, compared with the current community model, the revised community model slightly reduced the accuracy of MA payment adjustments for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions by $164, or about 1 percent of average actual expenditures. For beneficiaries with low income, the accu...
Medicare Advantage: Enrollment Increased from 2010 to 2011 while Premiums Decreased and Benefit Packages Were Stable
GAO-12-93: Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
Enrollment and spending in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans--the private plan alternative to the Medicare fee-for- service (FFS) program--have more than doubled since 2004. MA plans generally receive larger payments from Medicare than what these plans would require to provide the original Medicare FFS benefit package. Plans must use this additional money to reduce cost sharing, reduce premiums, and o...