May 24, 2016
The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been marked by controversy and unexpected twists, including court challenges, the initial rollout fiasco, and delays in key provisions. RAND experts have examined the impact of these developments and the law’s provisions on coverage, costs, and health. Underpinning much of this work is the COMPARE microsimulation model, which allows RAND experts to produce timely assessments of the law’s components and proposed alternatives.Learn More About Implementing the Affordable Care Act » All Topics »
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How individuals access and experience care depends on more than health insurance. At the most basic level are questions about who provides care and how new care arrangements can make care more accessible, more efficient, and less costly. RAND Health is evaluating multiple experiments with these new arrangements to learn how well they perform and what might improve them.Learn More About Organizing Care » All Topics »
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The U.S. health care system struggles to deliver care that is likely to improve health and is consistent with current medical science. Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge, and we have confronted this challenge by helping to establish the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.Learn More About Quality of Care » All Topics »
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Good health depends on more than health care. Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on population health. RAND Health has examined many of these influences, addressing difficult questions such as how cigarette and alcohol ads influence behavior, if workplace wellness programs work, and why obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and around the world.Learn More About Healthy Populations and Communities » All Topics »
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