Quality of Care

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Health care systems worldwide struggle to deliver superior care at an affordable cost. Gaps between the health care people receive and the care they should receive can contribute to poor outcomes and higher spending.

RAND Health identifies ways to improve health care and share quality assessments with patients, providers, and payers.

From the RAND Blog

  • Putting Patients First Can Result in Better Care Overall

    Jul 28, 2014

    Better patient care experiences are associated with higher levels of adherence to recommended prevention and treatment processes, better clinical outcomes, better patient safety within hospitals, and less health care utilization.

  • The ACA's Opportunity to Improve Care for Substance Use Disorders

    Jul 28, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will significantly increase coverage for the publicly funded treatment of substance use disorders. But in order to maximize the benefit to patients, families, and society, it's critical to invest in the development, validation, and use of performance measures.

Latest Research and Publications

  • Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

  • ACA Could Change Costs of Auto, Malpractice, and Other Liability Insurance

    As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

  • Measuring Success in Health Care Value-Based Purchasing Programs

    Policymakers are grappling with decisions about how best to design and implement successful value-based purchasing (VBP) programs, which link health care providers' financial incentives to their performance in an effort to achieve better value. Summarizing current knowledge about these programs, experts make recommendations for VBP design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013