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Preventing and Addressing Abuse in Nursing Homes

Confirmed incidents of abuse in nursing homes more than doubled from 430 in 2013, to 875 in 2017. While the abuse of nursing home residents remains relatively infrequent, this increase is troubling, especially because the largest increase was in the … Continue reading

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The High Cost of a Medical Flight

An air ambulance may save your life in an emergency, but it could cost you thousands of dollars—even if you have health insurance. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at a recent GAO report on air ambulance services and explore how … Continue reading

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VA’s Suicide Prevention Media Outreach Campaign (video)

After military service, many veterans struggle with mental health conditions and other hardships that put them at higher risk for suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Preventing veteran … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup – Podcasts You May Have Missed

We’ve been busy podcasting! And if you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you’re missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts. Rural Hospital Closures: From 2013-2017, 64 hospitals in rural areas in the United States closed their … Continue reading

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You Have a Right to Your Medical Records

If you request a copy of your medical records, your healthcare provider has to give it to you. That’s the law. But there can be a gap between the law and the reality for many patients. In this WatchBlog, we … Continue reading

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A Multi-Front Effort on Substance Abuse

As drug overdose deaths have grown to unprecedented levels in America, federal efforts have attempted to combat the substance abuse problem on multiple fronts. Programs and new laws have addressed everything from keeping tabs on Medicare opioid prescriptions to gathering … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day – A GAO Love Song Mixtape

Valentine’s Day brings out our romantic side here at GAO. We’ve come up with a few musical suggestions for you as you sit on the couch with your main squeeze, open a nice bottle of wine, and snuggle up with … Continue reading

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Asking the Right Questions: How Many Medicare Participants Are At Risk of Harm from Prescription Opioids?

Over 14 million Medicare participants received opioid prescriptions in 2016—which cost the government over $4 billion. Because of the recent increase in opioid overdoses, Medicare monitors participants that might be overutilizing opioids. However, we found that there are more Medicare … Continue reading

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Improving Federal Administration of Programs that Serve the American Indian Population

For nearly a decade, we’ve reported that federal agencies have ineffectively administered Indian health care, education, and energy resource development programs. This year we added the agencies responsible for these programs to our High Risk List—which discuss the federal agencies … Continue reading

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Doctor’s Orders: More Training in Primary Care

It’s almost that time of year when tens of thousands of medical students gear up to apply for residency programs. These residency programs, also known as graduate medical education (think early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy), are the pipelines for our … Continue reading

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