Tag Archives: health care

As COVID-19 aid arrives, be on the lookout for scams

[Correction—This blog has been corrected to indicate that FDA has approved a home test collection kit, as of May 8, 2020.] As individuals, employers, and agencies await aid from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, … Continue reading

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Superbugs: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections on the Rise

Some bacterial infections have become difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. That’s because the “superbugs” causing these infections have developed the ability to defeat antibiotics—the drugs designed to kill them. While antibiotics do not work on viral diseases like COVID-19, … Continue reading

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CRISPR: A Technology That Could Help In the Fight Against COVID-19

As work continues around the globe to diagnose and treat patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus), today’s WatchBlog looks at a technology that may help scientists develop new diagnostic tests for rapidly identifying the virus—a critical component in the fight against the … Continue reading

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Maternal Mortality in the United States

April 11 was the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. One crucial issue related to maternal health is maternal mortality—that is, when a woman’s death is related to her pregnancy.  While the maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Response: Lessons Learned from The Past

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly challenging Americans to rethink every aspect of our daily lives. And while this particular virus is new, GAO has issued reports and congressional testimonies covering several similar public health challenges and emergency federal aid … Continue reading

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How Prepared Are We for a Pandemic?

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 from China to the U.S. shores has brought the term coronavirus into daily usage and raised the question “How prepared are we for a pandemic?” Today’s WatchBlog explores GAO work looking at pandemic preparedness, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Oversight for Medicaid

Medicaid plays an important role in providing health care coverage for low-income, medically needy Americans. In 2018, Medicaid covered approximately 75 million people at a cost of about $629 billion. But overseeing this program can be challenging, given its size … Continue reading

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Treating Behavioral Health Conditions in the United States

Nearly 57 million American adults had a mental health condition (such as depression), a substance use disorder, or both in 2017—and 70% of them didn’t receive treatment for these conditions. Left untreated, these behavioral health conditions can cause other health … Continue reading

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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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Medicare’s Financial Check-Up (video)

Nearly 60 million elderly and disabled people count on Medicare for health care coverage. Without the program, they and their families could be responsible for billions of dollars of health care costs. Medicare spent about $700 billion in 2017 and … Continue reading

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