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Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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An independent, nonpartisan agency that examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently.
Phone
202.512.3000
Tagged as
Rural Health Policy

Resources (170)

  • 2020 Census: Actions Needed to Address Challenges to Enumerating Hard-to-Count Groups, 07/2018, view details
  • 340B Drug Discount Program: Increased Oversight Needed to Ensure Nongovernmental Hospitals Meet Eligibility Requirements, 12/2019, view details
  • 340B Drug Discount Program: Oversight of the Intersection with the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Needs Improvement, 01/2020, view details
  • 5G Deployment: FCC Needs Comprehensive Strategic Planning to Guide Its Efforts, 06/2020, view details
  • Air Ambulance: Available Data Show Privately-Insured Patients Are at Financial Risk, 03/2019, view details
  • Air Ambulance: Data Collection and Transparency Needed to Enhance DOT Oversight, 07/2017, view details
  • Alternative Drinking Water Systems: Use by Very Small Communities, Related Cost Savings, and Technical Assistance Provided by EPA and USDA, 01/2020, view details
  • Ambulance Providers: Costs and Expected Medicare Margins Vary Greatly, 05/2007, view details
  • Ambulance Services: Medicare Payments Can be Better Targeted to Trips in Less Densely Populated Rural Areas, 09/2003, view details
  • Anesthesia Services: Differences between Private and Medicare Payments Likely Due to Providers' Strong Negotiating Position, 10/2020, view details
  • Antibiotic Resistance: Additional Federal Actions Needed to Better Determine Magnitude and Reduce Impact, 03/2020, view details
  • Behavioral Health: Research on Health Care Costs of Untreated Conditions is Limited, 02/2019, view details
  • Broadband Internet: FCC's Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands, 09/2018, view details
  • Broadband: Observations on Past and Ongoing Efforts to Expand Access and Improve Mapping Data, 06/2020, view details
  • Child Welfare: HHS Actions Would Help States Prepare Youth in the Foster Care System for Independent Living, 07/2007, view details
  • CMS and State Efforts to Interact with the Indian Health Service and Indian Tribes, 07/2008, view details
  • CMS Innovation Center: Model Implementation and Center Performance, 03/2018, view details
  • Compact of Free Association: Implementation Activities Have Progressed, but the Marshall Islands Faces Challenges to Achieving Long-Term Compact Goals, 09/2007, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability of U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, 01/2014, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Prepare for the Transition of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands to Trust Fund Income, 05/2018, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing Migration, 11/2011, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Issues Associated with Implementation in Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands, 04/2016, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia and the Marshall Islands Continue to Face Challenges Measuring Progress and Ensuring Accountability, 09/2013, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia's and the Marshall Islands' Use of Sector Grants, 05/2007, view details
  • Compacts of Free Association: Populations in U.S. Areas Have Grown, with Varying Reported Effects, 06/2020, view details
  • COVID-19: Federal Efforts Could Be Strengthened by Timely and Concerted Actions, 09/2020, view details
  • COVID-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts, 06/2020, view details
  • COVID-19: Urgent Actions Needed to Better Ensure an Effective Federal Response, 11/2020, view details
  • Defense Health Care: Plans Needed to Ensure Implementation of Required Elements for TRICARE's Managed Care Support Contracts, 02/2020, view details
  • Dental Services: Information on Coverage, Payments, and Fee Variation, 09/2013, view details
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas, 05/2018, view details
  • Disaster Response: HHS Should Address Deficiencies Highlighted by Recent Hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, 09/2019, view details
  • Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Information on Identified Needs, Planning for Future Conditions, and Coordination of Project Funding, 09/2017, view details
  • Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects, 05/2018, view details
  • Drug Discount Program: Characteristics of Hospitals Participating and Not Participating in the 340B Program, 07/2018, view details
  • Drug Discount Program: Federal Oversight of Compliance at 340B Contract Pharmacies Needs Improvement, 06/2018, view details
  • Drug Discount Program: Improvements Needed in Federal Oversight of Compliance at 340B Contract Pharmacies, 07/2018, view details
  • Drug Discount Program: Status of Agency Efforts to Improve 340B Program Oversight, 05/2018, view details
  • Drug Discount Program: Update on Agency Efforts to Improve 340B Program Oversight, 07/2017, view details
  • Elderly Housing: Federal Housing Programs and Supportive Services, 06/2005, view details
  • Elderly Housing: Federal Housing Programs That Offer Assistance for the Elderly, 02/2005, view details
  • Electronic Health Records: Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicare Incentive Payments for 2011, 07/2012, view details
  • Emergency Management: FEMA's Disaster Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 07/2019, view details
  • End-of-Life Care: Key Components Provided by Programs in Four States, 12/2007, view details
  • FCC's Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program, 11/2010, view details
  • Federal Tort Claims Act: Information Related to Implications of Extending Coverage to Volunteers at HRSA-Funded Health Centers, 06/2009, view details
  • FirstNet: Efforts to Establish the Public-Safety Broadband Network, 10/2017, view details
  • Foreign Physicians: Data on Use of J-1 Visa Waivers Needed to Better Address Physician Shortages, 11/2006, view details
  • Foreign Physicians: Preliminary Findings on the Use of J-1 Visa Waivers to Practice in Underserved Areas, 05/2006, view details
  • General Hospitals: Operational and Clinical Changes Largely Unaffected by Presence of Competing Specialty Hospitals, 05/2006, view details
  • Health Care Shortage Areas: Designations Not a Useful Tool for Directing Resources to the Underserved, 09/1995, view details
  • Health Care Workforce: Views on Expanding Medicare Graduate Medical Education Funding to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, 12/2019, view details
  • Health Center Program: 2011 Grant Award Process Highlighted Need and Special Populations and Merits Evaluation, 05/2012, view details
  • Health Centers and Rural Clinics: State and Federal Implementation Issues for Medicaid's New Payment System, 06/2005, view details
  • Health Centers: Competition for Grants Has Grown and Efforts to Measure Performance Have Increased, 08/2005, view details
  • Health Centers: Trends in Revenue and Grants Supported by the Community Health Center Fund, 05/2019, view details
  • Health Information Technology: HHS is Taking Steps to Develop a National Strategy, 05/2005, view details
  • Health Insurance Exchanges: HHS Should Enhance Its Management of Open Enrollment Performance, 07/2018, view details
  • Health Professional Shortage Areas: Problems Remain With Primary Care Shortage Area Designation System, 10/2006, view details
  • High Risk: Agencies Need to Continue Efforts to Address Management Weaknesses of Federal Programs Serving Indian Tribes, 06/2018, view details
  • High Risk: Progress Made but Continued Attention Needed to Address Management Weaknesses at Federal Agencies Serving Indian Tribes, 03/2019, view details
  • Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts to Address Rural Road Safety Challenges, 05/2004, view details
  • Hospital Emergency Departments: Crowding Continues to Occur, and Some Patients Wait Longer than Recommended Time Frames, 05/2009, view details
  • Hospital Quality Data: CMS Needs More Rigorous Methods to Ensure Reliability of Publicly Released Data, 02/2006, view details
  • Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: CMS Should Take Steps to Ensure Lower Quality Hospitals Do Not Qualify for Bonuses, 06/2017, view details
  • Hospital Value-based Purchasing: Initial Results Show Modest Effects on Medicare Payments and No Apparent Change in Quality-of-Care Trends, 10/2015, view details
  • Indian Affairs: Key Actions Needed to Ensure Safety and Health at Indian School Facilities, 03/2016, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Federal Facilities' Decision-Making About the Use of Funds, 11/2020, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, 04/2016, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Quality of Care, 01/2017, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Agency Faces Ongoing Challenges Filling Provider Vacancies, 08/2018, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Considerations Related to Providing Advance Appropriation Authority, 09/2018, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Facilities Reported Expanding Services Following Increases in Health Insurance Coverage and Collections, 09/2019, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Health Care Services Are Not Always Available to Native Americans, 08/2005, view details
  • Indian Health Service: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 12/2007, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Opportunities May Exist to Improve the Contract Health Services Program, 12/2013, view details
  • Indian Health Service: Spending Levels and Characteristics of IHS and Three Other Federal Health Care Programs, 12/2018, view details
  • Infection Control Deficiencies Were Widespread and Persistent in Nursing Homes Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic, 05/2020, view details
  • Information Technology: Benefits Realized for Selected Health Care Functions, 10/2003, view details
  • International Classification of Disease: CMS's Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes, 01/2015, view details
  • K-12 Education: Certain Groups of Students Attend Alternative Schools in Greater Proportions Than They Do Other Schools, 06/2019, view details
  • Maternal Mortality: Trends in Pregnancy-Related Deaths and Federal Efforts to Reduce Them, 03/2020, view details
  • Means-Tested Programs: Information on Program Access Can Be an Important Management Tool, 03/2005, view details
  • Medicaid and CHIP: Most Physicians Serve Covered Children but Have Difficulty Referring Them for Specialty Care, 06/2011, view details
  • Medicaid Expansion: Behavioral Health Treatment Use in Selected States in 2014, 06/2017, view details
  • Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services: Selected States' Program Structures and Challenges Providing Services, 10/2018, view details
  • Medicaid: Efforts to Identify, Predict, or Manage High-Expenditure Beneficiaries, 08/2019, view details
  • Medicaid: Source of Screening Affects Women's Eligibility for Coverage of Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment in Some States, 05/2009, view details
  • Medicaid: State Views on Program Administration Challenges, 04/2020, view details
  • Medicaid: States' Use and Distribution of Supplemental Payments to Hospitals, 07/2019, view details
  • Medicare and Medicaid Participating Facilities: CMS Needs to Reexamine Its Approach for Funding State Oversight of Health Care Facilities, 02/2009, view details
  • Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiary Access to Physician Services: Trends in Utilization of Services, 2000-2002, 02/2005, view details
  • Medicare Fee-for-Service: Information on the First Year of Nationwide Reduced Payment Rates for Durable Medical Equipment, 08/2018, view details
  • Medicare Fee-for-Service: Information on the Second Year of Nationwide Reduced Payment Rates for Durable Medical Equipment, 12/2018, view details
  • Medicare Home Health: Payments to Freestanding Home Health Agencies More Than Covered Their Costs, 02/2004, view details
  • Medicare Hospice Care: Modifications to Payment Methodology May Be Warranted, 10/2004, view details
  • Medicare Hospital Pharmaceuticals: Survey Shows Price Variations and Highlights Data Collection Lessons and Outpatient Rate-Setting Challenges for CMS, 04/2006, view details
  • Medicare Physician Fees: Geographic Adjustment Indices Are Valid in Design, but Data and Methods Need Refinement, 03/2005, view details
  • Medicare Physician Payments: Trends in Service Utilization, Spending, and Fees Prompt Consideration of Alternative Payment Approaches, 07/2006, view details
  • Medicare Value-Based Payment Models: Participation Challenges and Available Assistance for Small and Rural Practices, 12/2016, view details
  • Medicare: Information Needed to Assess Adequacy of Rate-Setting Methodology for Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services, 09/2004, view details
  • Medicare: Information on Medicare-Dependent Hospitals, 02/2020, view details
  • Medicare: Modest Eligibility Expansion for Critical Access Hospital Program Should Be Considered, 09/2003, view details
  • Medicare: Voluntary and Mandatory Episode-Based Payment Models and Their Participants, 12/2018, view details
  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas: New Standards and Their Impact on Selected Federal Programs, 06/2004, view details
  • Native American Housing: Additional Actions Needed to Better Support Tribal Efforts, 03/2014, view details
  • Native American Youth: Agencies Incorporated Almost All Leading Practices When Assessing Grant Programs That Could Prevent or Address Delinquency, 08/2020, view details
  • Native American Youth: Involvement in Justice Systems and Information on Grants to Help Address Juvenile Delinquency, 09/2018, view details
  • Newborn Screening Timeliness: Most States Had Not Met Screening Goals, but Some Are Developing Strategies to Address Barriers, 12/2016, view details
  • Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse, 06/2019, view details
  • Nursing Workforce: HHS Needs Methodology to Identify Facilities with a Critical Shortage of Nurses, 04/2007, view details
  • Nutrition Assistance Programs: Agencies Could Do More to Help Address the Nutritional Needs of Older Adults, 11/2019, view details
  • Older Adult Housing: Future Collaborations on Housing and Health Services Should Include Relevant Agencies and Define Outcomes, 04/2018, view details
  • Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices, 05/2019, view details
  • Older Americans Act: Updated Information on Unmet Need for Services, 06/2015, view details
  • Opioid Addiction: Laws, Regulations, and Other Factors Can Affect Medication-Assisted Treatment Access, 09/2016, view details
  • Opioid Crisis: Status of Public Health Emergency Authorities, 09/2018, view details
  • Opioid Use Disorder: Barriers to Medicaid Beneficiaries' Access to Treatment Medications, 01/2020, view details
  • Opioid Use Disorders: HHS Needs Measures to Assess the Effectiveness of Efforts to Expand Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment, 10/2017, view details
  • Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Farm Labor Housing Program Management and Oversight, 03/2011, view details
  • Physician Workforce: HHS Needs Better Information to Comprehensively Evaluate Graduate Medical Education Funding, 03/2018, view details
  • Physician Workforce: Locations and Types of Graduate Training Were Largely Unchanged, and Federal Efforts May Not Be Sufficient to Meet Needs, 05/2017, view details
  • Physician Workforce: Supply Increased in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas but Geographic Disparities Persisted, 10/2003, view details
  • Preventing Drug Abuse: Low Participation by Pharmacies and Other Entities as Voluntary Collectors of Unused Prescription Drugs, 10/2017, view details
  • Private Health Insurance: The Range of Base Premiums for Individuals Age 19 and 64 in the Individual Market by State in January 2013, 01/2014, view details
  • Public Transportation: Enhanced Federal Information Sharing on Coordination Could Improve Rural Transit Services, 01/2020, view details
  • Public Transportation: Federal Role Key to Rural and Tribal Transit, 06/2014, view details
  • Public-Safety Broadband Network: Network Deployment Is Progressing, but FirstNet Could Strengthen Its Oversight, 01/2020, view details
  • Puerto Rico Electricity: FEMA and HUD Have Not Approved Long-Term Projects and Need to Implement Recommendations to Address Uncertainties and Enhance Resilience, 11/2020, view details
  • Rural Health Clinics: Rising Program Expenditures Not Focused on Improving Care in Isolated Areas, 02/1997, view details
  • Rural Homelessness: Better Collaboration by HHS and HUD Could Improve Delivery of Services in Rural Areas, 07/2010, view details
  • Rural Hospital Closures: Number and Characteristics of Affected Hospitals and Contributing Factors, 09/2018, view details
  • Rural Housing Service: Opportunities to Improve Management, 06/2003, view details
  • Rural Water Infrastructure: Federal Agencies Provide Funding but Could Increase Coordination to Help Communities, 02/2015, view details
  • Sexual Assault: Information on Training, Funding, and the Availability of Forensic Examiners, 03/2016, view details
  • Small and Rural Practices' Experiences in Previous Programs and Expected Performance in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, 07/2018, view details
  • Sole Community Hospitals: Early Indications Show That TRICARE's Revised Reimbursement Rules Have Not Affected Access to Care, 04/2015, view details
  • Summer Meals: Actions Needed to Improve Participation Estimates and Address Program Challenges, 05/2018, view details
  • Summer Meals: Improvements Needed to Address Participation Estimates and Program Challenges, 07/2018, view details
  • Superfund: EPA Should Improve the Reliability of Data on National Priorities List Sites Affecting Indian Tribes, 01/2019, view details
  • Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Is Extensive throughout the United States, but It Is Difficult to Assess the Extent of Deployment Gaps in Rural Areas, 05/2006, view details
  • Telecommunications: FCC Should Enhance Performance Goals and Measures for Its Program to Support Broadband Service in High-Cost Areas, 10/2020, view details
  • Telecommunications: FCC Should Take Additional Action to Manage Fraud Risks in Its Program to Support Broadband Service in High-Cost Areas, 10/2019, view details
  • Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas, 04/2014, view details
  • Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Use in Medicare and Selected Federal Programs, 04/2017, view details
  • Telehealth: Use in Medicare and Medicaid, 07/2017, view details
  • Transportation Disadvantaged Populations: Nonemergency Medical Transportation Not Well Coordinated, and Additional Federal Leadership Needed, 12/2014, view details
  • Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles to Coordination Persist, 06/2003, view details
  • Transportation-Disadvantaged Seniors: Efforts to Enhance Senior Mobility Could Benefit from Additional Guidance and Information, 08/2004, view details
  • Tribal Broadband: FCC Should Undertake Efforts to Better Promote Tribal Access to Spectrum, 11/2018, view details
  • Tribal Broadband: Few Partnerships Exist and the Rural Utilities Service Needs to Identify and Address Any Funding Barriers Tribes Face, 09/2018, view details
  • Tribal Internet Access: Increased Federal Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed, 04/2016, view details
  • U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery: Additional Actions Could Strengthen FEMA's Key Disaster Recovery Efforts, 11/2019, view details
  • VA and Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight and Coordination of Health Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans, 03/2019, view details
  • VA Health Care: Efforts to Prioritize and Translate Research into Clinical Practice, 01/2020, view details
  • VA Health Care: Oversight Improvements Needed for Nurse Recruitment and Retention Initiatives, 09/2015, view details
  • VA Health Care: Veterans' Use of Long-Term Care Is Increasing, and VA Faces Challenges in Meeting the Demand, 02/2020, view details
  • Veterans Choice Program: Further Improvements Needed to Help Ensure Timely Payments to Community Providers, 09/2018, view details
  • Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of Its Community Care Programs, 06/2018, view details
  • Veterans Health Administration: Actions Needed to Better Recruit and Retain Clinical and Administrative Staff, 03/2017, view details
  • Veterans Health Administration: Better Data and Evaluation Could Help Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies, 10/2017, view details
  • Veterans Health Administration: Opportunities Exist for Improving Veterans' Access to Health Care Services in the Pacific Islands, 04/2018, view details
  • Veterans Health Administration: Steps Taken to Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention, but Challenges Remain, 06/2018, view details
  • Veterans Health Care: Services for Substance Use Disorders, and Efforts to Address Access Issues in Rural Areas, 12/2019, view details
  • Veterans Health Care: VA Needs to Address Challenges as It Implements the Veterans Community Care Program, 04/2019, view details
  • Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on Veterans' Access to Choice Program Care, 03/2017, view details
  • Veterans' Health Care: Proper Plan Needed to Modernize System for Paying Community Providers, 05/2016, view details
  • Water Infrastructure: Technical Assistance and Climate Resilience Planning Could Help Utilities Prepare for Potential Climate Change Impacts, 01/2020, view details
  • Welfare Reform: Rural TANF Programs Have Developed Many Strategies to Address Rural Challenges, 09/2004, view details
  • Working Children: Federal Injury Data and Compliance Strategies Could Be Strengthened, 11/2018, view details