Beneficiaries (11 - 20 of 77 items)
Compounded Drugs: Payment Practices Vary across Public Programs and Private Insurers, and Medicare Part B Policy Should Be Clarified
GAO-15-85: Published: Oct 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2014.
Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers have varying payment practices for compounded drugs, depending upon whether compounded drugs and their ingredients can be identified on health insurance claims, and Medicare's Part B payment policy for these drugs is unclear.For drugs dispensed in pharmacy settings, claims contain sufficient information for public programs and private insurers to ide...
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: Continuous Insurance before Enrollment Associated with Better Health and Lower Program Spending
GAO-14-53: Published: Dec 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
Beneficiaries with continuous health insurance coverage for approximately 6 years before enrolling in Medicare were more likely than those without prior continuous insurance to report being in good health or better during the first 6 years in Medicare. In particular, having prior continuous insurance raised the predicted probability that a beneficiary reported being in good health or better by nea...
Medicare: Higher Use of Costly Prostate Cancer Treatment by Providers Who Self-Refer Warrants Scrutiny
GAO-13-525: Published: Jul 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.
The number of Medicare prostate cancer-related intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) services performed by self-referring groups increased rapidly, while declining for non-self-referring groups from 2006 to 2010. Over this period, the number of prostate cancer-related IMRT services performed by self-referring groups increased from about 80,000 to 366,000. Consistent with that growth, expend...
Medicare: Information on Highest-Expenditure Part B Drugs
GAO-13-739T: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2013.
Medicare expenditures for Part B drugs in 2010 were concentrated among relatively few drugs. The 55 highest-expenditure Part B drugs represented $16.9 billion in spending, or about 85 percent of all Medicare spending on Part B drugs, and the 10 highest-expenditure drugs accounted for about 45 percent of all Part B drug spending in 2010. Most of these drugs were under patent and could be purchased...
Defense Health Care: TRICARE Multiyear Surveys Indicate Problems with Access to Care for Nonenrolled Beneficiaries
GAO-13-364: Published: Apr 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2013.
In its analysis of the 2008-2011 beneficiary survey data, GAO found that nearly one in three nonenrolled beneficiaries experienced problems finding a civilian provider who would accept TRICARE and that nonenrolled beneficiaries' access to civilian primary care and specialty care providers differed by type of location. Specifically, a higher percentage of nonenrolled beneficiaries in Prime Service...
Medicaid: States Reported Billions More in Supplemental Payments in Recent Years
GAO-12-694: Published: Jul 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 2012.
States reported $32 billion in Medicaid supplemental payments during fiscal year 2010, but the exact amount of supplemental payments is unknown because state reporting was incomplete. On expenditure reports used to obtain federal funds filed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states reported the following:A total of $17.6 bi...
Department of Health and Human Services: Opportunities for Financial Savings and Program Improvements in Medicare and Medicaid Remain
GAO-12-719T: Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
Over the past several years, GAO has made a number of recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)to increase savings in Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage (MA), which is a private plan alternative to the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. Open recommendations that could y...
Medicare Program Integrity: CMS Continues Efforts to Strengthen the Screening of Providers and Suppliers
GAO-12-351: Published: Apr 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.
Medicare claims are screened against enrollment information, using automated enrollment-related prepayment edits, in an effort to prevent improper payments to ineligible providers and supplierssuch as those that are no longer active in the Medicare program or are not properly licensed to provide the services for which they have submitted claims. Officials with the contractors we interviewed...
Federal Antitrust Policy: Stakeholders' Perspectives Differed on the Adequacy of Guidance for Collaboration among Health Care Providers
GAO-12-291R: Published: Mar 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2012.
Stakeholdershealth care industry groups and experts in antitrust lawhad different perspectives on the adequacy of three key aspects of antitrust guidance for health care provider collaboration. First, stakeholders perspectives differed on the sufficiency of guidance on clinical integration, which involves integrating clinical activities across providers in a collaborative arrange...