Category Archives: Health Care

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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AskGAOLive: Prescription Drug Shortages

Prescription drug shortages have led to harmful patient outcomes in recent years. Join us for a chat with GAO Health Care team director Marcia Crosse on prescription drug shortages on February 12, 2014 at 2:00pm ET. You can send us … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Burned—Burn Awareness Week

Hot drinks, fireplaces, space heaters—as people try to beat the cold, it makes sense to ensure that they’re ready to treat potential burn injuries. That’s why the first week in February is National Burn Awareness Week, an annual observation to … Continue reading

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