RAND Health Key Topics

  • Paying for Care

    Over the last four decades, public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost. RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.

  • Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most sweeping reforms of the U.S. health care system ever enacted. RAND’s work on the ACA has focused on four key policy areas: costs and coverage, individual and small business marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, and payment reform and new models of care.

  • Organizing Care

    How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. RAND Health addresses questions about organization of care, new approaches to providing care, and innovative delivery approaches.

  • Quality of Care

    Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series spanning decades, RAND has confronted this challenge by helping establishing the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

  • Healthy Populations and Communities

    Good health depends on more than health care. Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND's work examines many of these influences, such as substance use, obesity, workplace wellness, and neighborhood effects on health.

  • Health Tools

    Developing tools for improving health is part of RAND Health's ongoing commitment to translating research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

Other Research Areas

  • Mental Health

    RAND Health examines prevention and treatment approaches for mental health disorders, including anxiety and PTSD.

  • Aging

    RAND Health research on the aging process and older populations, including conditions and treatments, quality of care, and more.

  • Women's Health

    RAND Health research focusing on the health and special needs of women, including women's health care, maternal mental health, maternal and infant mortality, and nutrition.

  • Military and Veterans Health

    RAND Health explores topics relating to military and veterans health care.

  • Health Information Technology

    RAND Health explores Health Information Technology and studies how technology systems can improve health care quality and efficiency, reduce medical errors, and lower costs.