Multiple government agencies are inspecting the same lab sites that work with hazardous materials like anthrax, an unnecessary overlap that wastes the government money as it faces budget cuts brought about by sequestration, a federal watchdog warns.
The Department of Health and Human Services has given qualified approval for a Medicare provider to give away $20 grocery gift cards to induce seniors to get more taxpayer-funded health screenings, despite concerns the promotion could run afoul of federal anti-kickback laws.
The government office that oversees Medicare and Medicaid has reimbursed prescription drugs at market costs, instead of at optional lower rates that could potentially save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, a government investigation has found.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses prescription drug purchases by beneficiaries through Medicare Part B. The cost is supposed to be no more than five percent above what it takes to manufacture the drugs.
A $1.7 billion initiative by state and local governments to allow Medicare seniors to live more independently is actually sending large numbers of patients to assisted living facilities with licensing or other problems, a federal watchdog warns.
Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries were put at risk of having their private medical information stolen because of security breaches, and the government was slow to notify or help most of the victims, an internal investigation found.
The stimulus law passed in 2009 required the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to quickly alert victims of possible identity theft, but the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found the agency often was slow to do so for many of the 13,775 beneficiaries put at risk by 14 recent security breaches.
The government is failing to aggressively regulate misleading or prohibited claims in the booming dietary supplements marketplace, potentially putting consumers' health at risk, a federal watchdog warns.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration is so lax in its surveillance that one out every of five weight loss and immune support supplements makes promises about disease prevention and treatment that are prohibited by federal law, but their manufacturers suffer no consequence, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general reported Wednesday.
Safeguards on Medicare funding for community mental health centers are so weak that half the centers have unusually high billing with characteristics that suggest fraud, according to an investigation by the Health and Human Services Department's internal watchdog.
The report focuses on Medicare's Partial Hospitalization Program, which provides outpatient services to help mental health patients after a hospital stay.
The Department of Health and Human Services isn't meeting President Barack Obama's high-profile directive to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in government, failing to report all excessive or inappropriate payments from Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs, the agency's internal watchdog warns.