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GAO: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

GAO: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

By Associated Press  |  September 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.

GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts

GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts

By Bob Herman  |  August 14, 2014

The CMS' audit contractors may overlap duties and hammer hospitals with multiple reviews of the same payment claims, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that echoes concerns the provider community has voiced for years.

Fictitious applicants easily get ACA subsidies: GAO

By Paul Demko  |  July 26, 2014

While federal courts last week ruled on the legality of insurance subsidies issued from federally run exchanges, Congress was hearing about another, much more dollars-and-cents subsidy issue, namely how easy it apparently is for consumers to lie to obtain subsidies.

Per capita Medicaid spending varies widely: GAO

By Paul Demko  |  July 19, 2014

Per capita spending on Medicaid beneficiaries varied widely across the country in fiscal 2008, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office.

Most insurers hit medical-loss ratio requirements: GAO

Most insurers hit medical-loss ratio requirements: GAO

By Paul Demko  |  July 10, 2014

Roughly three-quarters of health insurers spent enough money on medical care to avoid paying refunds to their customers in 2011 and 2012, according to a report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Insurers operating in the individual, small group and large group markets spent a...

Physical therapy services up 30%, but self-referrals not to blame

Physical therapy services up 30%, but self-referrals not to blame

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 03, 2014

Physical therapy services provided to Medicare beneficiaries increased by almost 30% between 2004 and 2010, but unlike other healthcare service-utilization increases, self-referring physicians were not the cause for the jump, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

Hospitals brace for challenges serving more veterans

Hospitals brace for challenges serving more veterans

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 31, 2014

The Obama administration's new policy of referring more veterans for care outside the overwhelmed Veterans Affairs health system could end up straining non-VA hospitals because of potential lags in payment and patient needs that civilian providers aren't necessarily prepared to handle.

Sebelius’ Enroll America fundraising limited to two calls: GAO

Sebelius’ Enroll America fundraising limited to two calls: GAO

By Paul Demko  |  April 21, 2014

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts on behalf of a not-for-profit group leading Obamacare enrollment efforts were limited to two previously disclosed phone calls, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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