Improvements Needed in Programs To Prevent Abuse Gao ID: HRD-87-75 September 1, 1987

GAO reviewed Medicaid abuse in six states and provider abuse in four states to: (1) determine whether the states were effective in identifying Medicaid abuse; and (2) assess the extent of states' actions to apply sanctions against Medicaid abusers.

GAO found that: (1) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not taken effective action to strengthen management controls over states' postpayment utilization review programs; (2) some states do not effectively use their computerized management information systems to identify potential Medicaid abuse; (3) some states review only a small portion of the potentially abusive recipients they identify; (4) most states have applied few sanctions against abusive Medicaid recipients; and (5) the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has adequate resources to provide technical assistance to states with problems in using their information systems.


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