Thursday, November 26, 2009

GAO finds 'pervasive deficiencies' in Medicare contracts


Oh YEA, we need more of this kind of government healthcare.


The Government Accountability Office has again found widespread flaws in how the office administering Medicare and Medicaid manages contracts.

The watchdog agency studied a random sample of contract actions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and estimated that more than 84 percent of fiscal 2008 contract actions had at least one instance where officials failed to implement a key internal control. GAOalso determined that at least 37 percent of fiscal 2008 contract actions had three or more deficiencies.

"Internal control -- the plans, methods and procedures used to meet missions, goals and objectives -- is the first line of defense in safeguarding assets and preventing and detecting fraud and errors, and helps government program managers achieve desired results through effective stewardship of public resources," GAO stated in its report.