Medicare Management: CMS Faces Challenges to Sustain Progress and Address Weaknesses

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Considering the complexity, the size, and the statutory constraints affecting the Medicare Program, some contend that the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA)--recently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services--management of Medicare has, on balance, been satisfactory. Others argue that HCFA's management has been unacceptable. HCFA's record has been mixed and the agency's challenges are growing. Effective management of Medicare depends on finding a balance between flexibility and accountability--that is, granting the agency adequate flexibility to act prudently while ensuring that it can be held accountable ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. July 31, 2001.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Considering the complexity, the size, and the statutory constraints affecting the Medicare Program, some contend that the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA)--recently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services--management of Medicare has, on balance, been satisfactory. Others argue that HCFA's management has been unacceptable. HCFA's record has been mixed and the agency's challenges are growing. Effective management of Medicare depends on finding a balance between flexibility and accountability--that is, granting the agency adequate flexibility to act prudently while ensuring that it can be held accountable for its decisions and actions. Moreover, because Medicare will play such a significant role in the nation's fiscal future, it is prudent to make an adequate investment to ensure that Medicare is professionally and efficiently managed. Achieving this goal will require the modernization and maintenance of Medicare's traditional day-to-day operations."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Medicare Management: CMS Faces Challenges to Sustain Progress and Address Weaknesses, report, July 31, 2001; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292204/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.