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Hurricane Katrina : federal grants have helped health care organizations provide primary care, but sustaining services will be a challenge : testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

Author(s):
United States Congress House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
United States Government Accountability Office
Title(s):
Hurricane Katrina : federal grants have helped health care organizations provide primary care, but sustaining services will be a challenge : testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives / U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Government Accountability Office, [2009]
Description:
14 p. : ill.
Language:
English
Electronic Links:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10273t.pdf
Summary:
Why GAO did this study. The greater New Orleans area--Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes--continues to face challenges in restoring health care services disrupted by Hurricane Katrina which made landfall in August 2005. In 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the $100 million Primary Care Access and Stabilization Grant (PCASG) to Louisiana to help restore primary care services to the low-income population. Louisiana gave PCASG funds to 25 outpatient provider organizations in the greater New Orleans area. GAO was asked to testify on: (1) how PCASG fund recipients used the PCASG funds; (2) how recipients used and benefited from other federal hurricane relief funds; and (3) challenges recipients faced and recipients' plans for sustaining services after PCASG funds are no longer available. This statement is based on a recent GAO report, Hurricane Katrina: Federal Grants Have Helped Health Care Organizations Provide Primary Care, but Challenges Remain (GAO-09-588), other GAO work, and updated information on services, funding, and sustainability plans, which we shared with HHS officials. For the report, GAO analyzed responses to an October 2008 survey sent to all 25 PCASG fund recipients, to which 23 responded, and analyzed information related to other federal funds received by PCASG fund recipients. GAO also interviewed HHS and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals officials and other experts.
MeSH:
Disaster Planning/economics*
Federal Government
Financing, Government
Health Care Surveys
Health Planning/economics
Health Resources/economics
Health Services Accessibility/economics*
Humans
Louisiana
Medical Assistance/economics*
Mental Health Services
New Orleans
Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
Poverty
Primary Health Care/economics*
Referral and Consultation
Relief Work/economics*
United States
Other Subject(s):
United States. Department of Health and Human Services.
Publication Type(s):
Technical Report
Notes:
"December 3, 2009."
"GAO-10-273T."
"Statement of Cynthia A. Bascetta, Director, Health Care."
Also issued online.
NLM ID:
101529379 [Book]

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