July 2009

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40 years of informing the Health care debate
RAND Health: Analyzing the core issues in health care reform

For forty years, RAND analysts have been providing objective research on many of the topics now at the heart of the health reform debate.

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Recent Research

Health care spending falls at the end of life

The intensity of treatment, and therefore health care costs, declines with age in most countries.

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The power of personal networks

Binge drinking and drug use are more likely among homeless women whose personal networks include heavy alcohol users and drug users, respectively.

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Homelessness among children

In a classroom of twenty-eight 5th-grade students, two will have been homeless at some point in their lives and experience emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems as a result.

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Patients report poorer experiences in Medicare Advantage

Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (managed care plans) have less favorable care experiences but are more likely to receive preventive services.

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Would a "fat tax" work?

A "fat tax" on foods such as soft drinks, sweet, or snack foods has little effect on weight in the short term, but might result in weight reduction over several decades.

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Health insurance makes you fat

Having health insurance, either public or private, increases body mass index and obesity.

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What should comparative effectiveness research focus on?

The billion dollars that the stimulus bill allocates for comparative effectiveness research should focus on identifying procedures, devices, and drugs that would reduce cost but not diminish health and that could be implemented rapidly.

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How quickly can public health departments warn us about a public health emergency?

Most state health departments provided online information to their communities within 24 hours of the DHHS warning about the HiNI influenza , but only one quarter of smaller local health departments could do so.

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Community demographics affect access to health care

The characteristics of the local population, including language and nativity, play an important role in access to health care among U.S. Hispanics.

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Read moreGeographic information system tools could help medical care and public health move in the same direction

GIS tools could integrate and display diverse data from many sources, improving communication and coordination between medical and public health professionals.

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News Releases

Higher health care costs, slower economic growth?

Rising health care costs are slowing the economic growth of U.S. industries, especially those with a high percentage of workers with employer-sponsored health insurance.

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From time to time RAND Health likes to highlight special honors that our staff have received in acknowledgment of their outstanding contributions to their fields.

2009 Medal of Freedom Recipients

Pedro José Greer, Jr, was awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award was given, in part, due to Greer's work with the Camillus health Concern, an agency providing medical care to over 10,000 homeless and low-income patients annually. Greer sits on the RAND Health Advisory Board.

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Featured Center

RAND Drug Policy Research Center

The RAND Drug Policy Research Center is celebrating 20 years of research. Their goals include maintaining a vigorous commitment toward creating a firm, empirical foundation upon which sound drug policies can be built.

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ABC News Special on Health Reform

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

Expanding Access to Mental Health Counselors Under TRICARE

Research Brief Research Brief 9454

When Drug Cost-Sharing Increases, Patients Newly Diagnosed with a Chronic Illness Delay Starting Medication

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Congressional Newsletter

The July Health Congressional newsletter covers RAND research on five core areas of health care reform: expanding access to health care, increasing coverage, increasing quality, reducing spending, and promoting wellness and prevention.

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Recent Documents

The Reliability of Provider Profiling: A Tutorial

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Analysis to support the Impact Assessment of the Commission's smoke-free initiatives

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Estimates of Potential Eligibility for Low-Income Subsidies Under Medicare Part D

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Study on the requirements and options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) application in healthcare: Final report

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