GAO releases report on high risk government programs

Health Reform GPS: February 15, 2013

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday released an update regarding high risk government programs. In the report, GAO detailed 30 high risk areas, including Medicare and Medicaid.

GAO assigned Medicare as a high risk area because while the program covered beneficiaries at an estimated cost of $555 billion, the program reported improper payments estimated to be more than $44 billion. GAO identified several opportunities to modify Medicare to streamline program operations. Such opportunities include: Read more