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RAND Health is one of the largest independent health research groups in the world. For more than 40 years, our researchers have been conducting objective, nonpartisan research and analysis that has contributed to health policymaking throughout the world.

Much of our work focuses on the impact of innovations and policy options to reduce health care costs while improving health. We also conduct research intended to strengthen public health, enhance service delivery, improve health system performance, assess promising technologies, and evaluate organizational effectiveness.

Most recently, we have examined the ongoing cost and coverage implications of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Bundled Payment for Health Services

    Blog

    The Winding Path to Effective Bundled Payment

    Aug 29, 2014

    It's not unusual for a demonstration to fall short of its original objectives. Learning from such cases is part of the innovation process. This is especially worthwhile for bundled payment, which has many potential benefits for patients, providers, and payers.

  • Parenting

    Blog

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Caregivers

    Blog

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Aug 25, 2014

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

  • Obesity

    Blog

    Always Hungry? Here's the Real Reason Why

    Aug 15, 2014

    The problem of obesity cannot be attributed to a single dietary or physiological factor, like too much sugar, too much fat, or even factors like viruses, bacteria, and endocrine disrupters. The real problem is that Americans now live in a food swamp and there is just too much food easily available.

  • Veteran Health Care

    Blog

    Improving the Experience of Veterans Seeking Mental Health and Substance Use Care

    Aug 13, 2014

    Last week, President Obama signed a bill to overhaul care provided by the Veterans Health Administration. This is an important step, but attention to veterans' experiences receiving care, particularly veterans in need of mental health and substance use care, should be an essential component to ongoing efforts to improve quality.

  • Prescription Drug Benefits

    Report

    Federal Drug Discount Program Faces Challenges as It Expands Under Health Reform

    Aug 12, 2014

    A federal program that provides billions in drug discounts to safety net hospitals and other health care providers is expanding under health care reform, but divergent views on the purpose and future scope of the program create uncertainty for safety net providers and drug manufacturers.

  • Epidemic

    Blog

    Six Takeaways from the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    Aug 8, 2014

    No amount of research can save those who've already perished from Ebola in West Africa, but our capacity to learn from such tragedies is a silver lining that has historically enhanced global resilience to disease. With that in mind, here are six key lessons from the outbreak.

  • Vaccination

    Research Brief

    Child Vaccines Are Extremely Safe and Serious Side Effects Rare

    Aug 8, 2014

    A systematic review revealed that vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe, and side effects are extremely rare. The small risk of side effects must be weighed against the great protective benefits these vaccines provide.