Government Accountability Office

Bed taxes and other troubling compromises

Bed taxes and other troubling compromises

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As my colleague Tim Mullaney reported last week, the Government Accountability Office has been taking a closer look at Medicaid bed taxes lately. And the investigative arm of Congress doesn't seem to care much for the view.

Increased 'bed taxes' on nursing facilities warrant stricter federal oversight, report states

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States have been increasingly taxing skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers to fund Medicaid in recent years, and federal authorities should look more closely at this trend, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Medicaid paying 32% less than Medicare Part D for medications

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Medicaid is paying the lowest average price for 78 high-use and high-expenditure brand-name and generic drugs, a new federal report finds.

Federal government approved too much funding for billion-dollar Medicaid demonstration projects, GAO finds

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The federal government is allocating too much money for Medicaid demonstration projects to test new models of care delivery, according to the Government Accountability Office.

States see spike on supplemental Medicaid spending

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States spent $9 billion more on supplemental Medicaid payments in 2010 than it did four years previously, according to a government investigation requested by Congress.

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

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The federal government should bar healthcare providers with large amounts of unpaid taxes from receiving Medicaid funds, incensed lawmakers said Thursday following the release of a government report.

House members raise concerns over Medicare Advantage demonstration project

House members raise concerns over Medicare Advantage demonstration project

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Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have accused the Department of Health and Human Services of overstepping its authority in implementing a controversial Medicare Advantage demonstration project.

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

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Collaboration between senior living operators and the Veterans Administration is necessary to prevent the financial exploitation of elderly veterans, a leading provider group said Wednesday.

Regulators have tightened up screening efforts for Medicare providers

Regulators have tightened up screening efforts for Medicare providers

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Regulators have strengthened Medicare provider enrollment and toughened fraud prevention efforts, but it's too early to know how effective the initiatives will be, a new report reveals.

Reports forecast Medicare funding boost, dim overall outlook

Reports forecast Medicare funding boost, dim overall outlook

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The Affordable Care Act will help Medicare save over $200 billion through 2016, according to government actuaries. But questions as to Medicare's long-term solvency remain, another report from Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees states.

Report: Improper Medicare Advantage payments fell $1.2 billion in 2011

Report: Improper Medicare Advantage payments fell $1.2 billion in 2011

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Recovery audit contractors and other quality assurance efforts allowed Medicare Advantage to reduce improper payments by $1.2 billion in 2011, according to a new government report.

Report: Correcting Medicare Advantage overpayments could save billions

Correcting overpayments in the Medicare Advantage program could save the federal government billions of dollars, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Report: Correcting Medicare Advantage overpayments could save billions

Correcting overpayments in the Medicare Advantage program could save the federal government billions of dollars, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: Congress should increase federal Medicaid matching rates

Congress should consider temporarily increasing Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula to help beleaguered state budgets, a new report suggests.

GAO: Medicare spent $48 billion on improper fee-for-service payments

The federal government spent nearly $48 billion on improper Medicare payments in 2010 according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report was released just prior to a House Oversight Committee hearing on government efficiency.

Report details new CMS quality improvement indicator tool

Report details new CMS quality improvement indicator tool

Quality Indicator Survey inspectors are beginning to use new software that works with personal tablet computers during their nursing home visits, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

A new governmental report released Wednesday shows that federal nursing home surveyors continue to identify more deficiencies in care than state surveyors, but the discrepancy is shrinking.

CMS could improve oversight of Special Focus Facilities, GAO report finds

CMS could improve oversight of Special Focus Facilities, GAO report finds

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights ways in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could do a better job of overseeing underperforming nursing homes, also known as Special Focus Facilities (SFF).

RAC program fails to adequately reduce improper payments: GAO

RAC program fails to adequately reduce improper payments: GAO

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has fallen short in its efforts to prevent improper Medicare payments through the use of recovery audit contractors (RACs),a new Government Accountability Office report asserts.

GAO: Medicaid money, other stimulus funding not being used properly

So far, states have received roughly $29 billion in stimulus funds, more than 90% of which is supposed to go to Medicaid and a fund for education, public safety and other services. But according to a new report, much of that money isn't going to the intended recipients.

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