COVID-19 Tests Drove an Increase in Total Medicare Part B Spending on Lab Tests in 2020, While Use of Non-COVID-19 Tests Decreased Significantly
Medicare Part B spent $1.5 billion on COVID-19 tests in 2020, while at the same time, spending on non-COVID-19 tests declined by $1.2 billion. The result was a net spending increase of 4 percent, but the decrease in utilization of non-COVID-19 tests raises questions about the potential impacts on beneficiary health.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 PANDEMIC RELIEF PROGRAMS: Audit of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund's Implementation of the CDFI Rapid Response Program
Changes Made to States' Medicaid Programs To Ensure Beneficiary Access to Prescriptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared that the COVID-19 pandemic was a national emergency. That same day, in accordance with section 1135(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act), the Secretary of HHS invoked his authority to waive or modify certain requirements of Titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Act. To limit the spread of the virus, Federal, State and local governments urged individuals to stay at home and for individuals who test positive to quarantine, among other preventive measures. As a result, the usual and customary ways that many individuals obtained...
Six of Eight Home Health Agency Providers Had Infection Control Policies and Procedures That Complied With CMS Requirements and Followed CMS COVID-19 Guidance To Safeguard Medicare Beneficiaries, Caregivers, and Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services may be at a high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Home health agencies (HHAs) must comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS's) infection prevention and control requirements and follow CMS guidance by having policies and procedures to protect HHA staff, Medicare beneficiaries, and caregivers during the pandemic. Our objective was to determine whether eight selected HHAs had infection control policies and procedures that complied with CMS requirements and followed CMS guidance to safeguard HHA staff...
Alert Memorandum: Caribbean Sun Airlines, Inc. Has Not Responded to the Department of the Treasury’s Notice of Non-Compliance with the U.S. Treasury Aviation Loan and Guarantee Agreement
Indian Health Service Use of Critical Care Response Teams Has Helped To Meet Facility Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious, sometimes fatal, disease that has disproportionately affected American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). IHS and Tribal health care facilities are the main health care providers for the AI/AN population. Prior OIG work found that IHS facilities often lacked sufficient staff and had limited access to clinical specialists, as well as finding other quality-of-care concerns. One recent IHS effort to address staffing and quality concerns is its development of Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) to support IHS and Tribal facilities in...