Category Archives: Health Care

Podcast on Timely Access to Outpatient Specialty Health Care for Veterans

Delays in VA medical center care have reportedly harmed some veterans. In 2012, VA found that its consult data were not adequate to determine the extent to which veterans received timely outpatient specialty care. Hear our podcast with Debra Draper, … Continue reading

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

As autumn brings the chocolates, lollipops, and other sweets that come with Halloween, this is an excellent time to remember your teeth! October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which highlights the importance of keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums clean … Continue reading

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Medicare Recommendations for Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Awareness Month

September may be Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Awareness Month, but GAO tracks this issue year round. Because the Medicare program is particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse, it has been on our High Risk list since we started compiling … Continue reading

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Sharing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans

The Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) operate two of the nation’s largest health care systems, providing care to more than 9.6 million active-duty servicemembers and 6.3 million veterans. For many years, DOD and VA have known that … Continue reading

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Podcast on Medical Credit Cards

Financial institutions offer medical credit cards through participating providers to pay for services not covered by health insurance. These services may include dental and cosmetic procedures, or veterinary care. Hear our latest podcast with Cindy Brown Barnes, a director in … Continue reading

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GAO’s Marcia Crosse Nominated for Service to America Award

Congratulations are in order for GAO’s Marcia Crosse, who was announced this week as a finalist for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Crosse, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, is one of 5 finalists for … Continue reading

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A Look at Health Care in Underserved Populations for National Public Health Week

Each year, the first full week of April marks National Public Health Week. During this time, people gather to recognize contributions to public health and highlight issues that are important to improving health across the country. This year’s theme is … Continue reading

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Podcast on Electronic Health Records

The use and exchange of electronic health records among health care providers could potentially improve outcomes and quality of care for patients. GAO recently released reports on participation in electronic health records programs and HHS efforts to address information exchange … Continue reading

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Emergency Care Benefits for Veterans

Imagine having chest pains and driving more than 100 miles to an emergency room—past another, closer emergency facility—because you don’t know that your insurance will actually cover the costs at that closer facility. Veterans who only have health care coverage … Continue reading

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Preventive Services and American Heart Health

Even as the heart-shaped Valentine chocolates and witty conversation candy hearts grow stale, there are still a couple of weeks of American Heart Month ahead. We have reported on the ways that preventive health activities—including some for heart health—improve health … Continue reading

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