GAO report links length of nursing home COVID outbreaks to 4 factors
Dec 20, 2022
Facilities in counties with low community spread had outbreaks that were seven days shorter than those in counties with high transmission rates, among other key factors.
New nursing home staffing headache? CMS and GAO agree new requirements needed for infection preventionists
Sep 15, 2022
First came the federal requirement that every nursing home must have an infection control preventionist on staff. Now, a government watchdog says that minimum training requirements should be established...
When 2% isn’t enough: GAO says Medicare should further cut Medicare payments to SNFs with high hospital...
Aug 11, 2021
Skilled nursing facilities that continually have high hospital readmission rates and emergency room visits among residents could see a reduction in their Medicare payments if Congress moves forward with...
94% of nursing homes experienced multiple COVID-19 outbreaks, GAO reports
May 20, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted U.S. nursing homes and the 1.4 million elderly and disabled residents living in these homes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government...
Only 64 U.S. nursing homes — 0.5 percent — had no COVID-19 outbreak the last half of 2020: GAO
May 20, 2021
U.S. nursing homes on average have each experienced about three COVID-19 outbreaks during the ongoing public health crisis, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
COVID data still insufficient from state veterans nursing homes, GAO warns
May 18, 2021
State veterans nursing homes are again being pressured to collect COVID-19 case and death data to help its future response to the coronavirus.
GAO: Nursing homes unlikely to use point-of-care COVID tests in states that question accuracy
Jan 29, 2021
A disconnect between federal and state or local policies has a direct effect on POC antigen test use in these settings, according to a comprehensive report released Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability...
Warnings about Medicare’s future continue to be ignored
Mar 17, 2017
The Government Accountability Office has released its 2017 “High Risk List,” which identifies federal agencies and programs vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
Medicaid provider payments are seriously hindered by limited data and “unclear policy,” according to a new report to Congress that calls for greater oversight at numerous government-owned facilities...
GAO report calls for more consistency investigating Medicare post-payment claims
Aug 26, 2013
Government investigators claim — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concurs — that more consistency is needed with Medicare post-payment claims reviews.