Category Archives: Health Care

Podcast on Medicaid Fraud Controls

Through Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of doctors and other health care professionals provide care to tens of millions of beneficiaries—at a cost of $310 billion to the federal government in fiscal year 2014. To help ensure only legitimate providers and … Continue reading

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Shortages of Drugs Containing Controlled Substances

As we have previously discussed, in the last decade, shortages of prescription drugs have increased nationwide. In recent years, the number of new shortages reported has declined, but the number of active shortages of drugs containing controlled substances—a subset of … Continue reading

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Podcast on Medicaid Payments to Health Care Providers

Under Medicaid, states pay health care providers and receive federal matching funds for their payments. We have previously found that some states’ excessive Medicaid payments to certain provider institutions shifted costs inappropriately from states to the federal government. Hear our … Continue reading

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Coordinating Programs Serving Those with Serious Mental Illness

Each year, the first full week of April marks National Public Health Week—a time to highlight issues that are important to improving health across the country. Within the week, each day has a theme, and today’s theme is “Building Broader … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use

Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat the behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against giving these drugs for this condition, citing an increased risk of death. Listen to our … Continue reading

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National Consumer Protection Week: A Look at Health Care Cost and Quality Information

Whether you’re in the market for a new car or a smartphone service provider, you can find websites with reviews, price comparisons, and other information for the savvy shopper. But what if you need a new hip, and you want … Continue reading

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Closer Look at a New High Risk Area—Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care

Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care. In the spring and summer of 2014, delays … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness

The U.S. health care system has a range of federal programs for the millions of Americans with mental illness. Hear our podcast with Linda Kohn, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review on federal efforts … Continue reading

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Funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Since 1997, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided health care coverage for more than 8 million children in low-income families that don’t have health insurance, but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. This year, Congress … Continue reading

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Federal Programs Serving Native Americans

More than 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States receive approximately $19 billion in annual funding from the federal government for certain protections, services, and benefits. These federal programs cover areas ranging from education to health care to cultural preservation. … Continue reading

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