Health care programs (1 - 10 of 104 items)
Health Care Quality: HHS Should Set Priorities and Comprehensively Plan Its Efforts to Better Align Health Quality Measures
GAO-17-5: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016.
While the full extent of misalignment among health care quality measures is unknown, it can have adverse effects on providers and efforts to improve quality of care. Misalignment occurs when health care payers require providers to report on measures that focus on different quality issues or define the measures using different specifications. GAO identified three studies that provided some informat...
Medicare Part B: Data on Coupon Discounts Needed to Evaluate Methodology for Setting Drug Payment Rates
GAO-16-643: Published: Jul 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2016.
In 2015, manufacturers of 29 of the 50 high-expenditure Medicare Part B drugs GAO analyzed offered coupon programs, which reduce the costs patients incur for specific drugs. Part B drugs are typically administered by a physician. Coupon programs are prohibited in the Medicare program but are generally available to privately insured patients. GAO obtained data on coupon discounts for 18 drugs. GAO...
Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls
GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
In June 2015 and April 2016, GAO reported on CMS's implementation of enrollment-screening procedures that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to prevent and detect ineligible or potentially fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling into its Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). GAO identified weaknesses in CMS's verification of provider practice locat...
Medicare: Opportunities Exist to Recover Potential Overpayments to Providers with Criminal Backgrounds
GAO-16-365R: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016.
Opportunities exist for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recover about $1.3 million in potential overpayments to 16 out of 66 potentially ineligible providers with criminal backgrounds who were enrolled in Medicare before CMS implemented more extensive background-check processes in April 2014. These 16 providers had Medicare claims paid to them while they were potentially inel...
Rare Diseases: Too Early to Gauge Effectiveness of FDA's Pediatric Voucher Program
GAO-16-319: Published: Mar 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2016.
It is too early to gauge whether the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pediatric voucher program has stimulated the development of drugs to treat or prevent rare pediatric diseases. Given that the typical drug development process often exceeds a decade, insufficient time has elapsed to determine whether the 3 year-old program has been effective. Any drug sponsors motivated by the program to att...
Health Care Fraud: Information on Most Common Schemes and the Likely Effect of Smart Cards
GAO-16-216: Published: Jan 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2016.
GAO's review of 739 health care fraud cases that were resolved in 2010 showed the following:About 68 percent of the cases included more than one scheme with 61 percent including two to four schemes and 7 percent including five or more schemes.The most common health care fraud schemes were related to fraudulent billing, such as billing for services that were not provided (about 43 percent of cases)...
Health Care Workforce: Comprehensive Planning by HHS Needed to Meet National Needs
GAO-16-17: Published: Dec 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2016.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) engages in some planning for the 72 health care workforce programs administered by its agencies, but lacks comprehensive planning and oversight to ensure that these efforts meet national health care workforce needs. HHS's current strategic plan includes broad strategies—such as improving access to comprehensive primary and preventive medical serv...
Medicare Advantage: Actions Needed to Enhance CMS Oversight of Provider Network Adequacy
GAO-15-710: Published: Aug 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsible for overseeing the Medicare Advantage (MA) program—Medicare's private plan alternative. Since 2011, CMS has defined an adequate MA provider network as meeting two criteria: a minimum number of providers and maximum travel time and distance to those providers. To r...
Medicaid: Additional Reporting May Help CMS Oversee Prescription-Drug Fraud Controls
GAO-15-390: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2015.
GAO found indicators of potential prescription-medication fraud and abuse among thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries and hundreds of prescribers during fiscal year 2011—the most-recent year for which reliable data were available in four selected states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and New Jersey. These states accounted for about 13 percent of all fiscal year 2011 Medicaid payments. Specifically,...
Medicare Program: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Eligibility Verification of Providers and Suppliers
GAO-15-448: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2015.
GAO examined the implementation of four enrollment screening procedures that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to prevent and detect ineligible or potentially fraudulent providers and suppliers from enrolling into its Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). Two of CMS's procedures appear to be working to screen for providers and suppliers listed as deceased o...