Latest Government Accountability Office Stories

Medicare Fighting Painkiller Abuse
2011-12-14 13:23:38

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is directing Medicare prescription drug plans to withhold payments for popular painkillers when they suspect patient abuse. The agency encouraged doctors to issue prescriptions for painkillers that provide a supply of 30 days or less. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that in 2008, about 170,000 people in Medicare received prescriptions from five or more doctors for drugs that are frequently abused. According to the...

2011-10-19 03:56:29

A Congressional watchdog report issued Monday Oct. 17 raises troubling questions for taxpayers about a proposed five-year block buy of 40 rocket booster cores being advocated by the rockets´ manufacturer, United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the nonpartisan, investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, found serious flaws with a proposal that would guarantee...

Senators Claim $150 Million Of Tax Dollars Used In 'Drug Dealing'
2011-10-05 04:38:58

A new government report says prescription drug abuse by elderly and disabled beneficiaries of Medicare cost about $150 million in 2008. The report released on Tuesday said some of these patients went to at least five doctors to get multiple prescriptions of drugs. The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said 170,000 people enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug program went "doctor shopping" for drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. "Medicare Part D...

2011-08-02 07:00:00

CHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Kanghui Holdings (NYSE: KH) ("Kanghui" or the "Company"), a leading domestic developer, manufacturer and marketer of orthopedic implants in China, today announced the appointment of Ms. Gao Shuchun as an independent director to the Company's board of directors (the "Board") and as a member of the audit committee of the Board, effective August 2, 2011. "Ms. Gao is a distinguished expert in material science and proven business leader....

2011-08-01 16:47:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt released the following statement today on a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, "Medicare Part D Formularies: CMS Conducts Oversight of Mid-Year Changes; Most Mid-Year Changes Were Enhancements": "While experts agree that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) help Part D come in under budget each year, GAO's new report provides fresh evidence that...

2011-07-13 13:00:00

Following Congressional Hearing, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Recommends Strengthening Data on Child Fatalities to Improve Prevention and Reduce Deaths WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A congressional hearing held on July 12 about child deaths due to maltreatment called on national experts to explain why the number of child deaths has been undercounted. The hearing coincided with the release of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on child abuse...

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  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.