For most of the 20 million endoscopies and colonoscopies performed each year, the type of clinician who administers the sedation may have more of an impact on the procedure’s cost than on clinical care outcomes. Allowing GI procedure teams to administer anesthesia could save $1.1 billion in health spending each year.
Discusses obstacles to steering innovation in health care toward activities that are worth their social costs and away from other innovative activities and considers drugs, devices, and delivery, with particular attention to delivery.
Home health care technology may provide one important solution to global concerns about how to sustain health care systems threatened by rising costs and manpower shortages, but such a change faces multiple obstacles to adoption.
Explains the relationship between reliability measurement and misclassification for physician quality and cost measures in health care. Provides a method to calculate reliability and misclassification from data typically available to health plans.
The options available to Massachusetts as it considers establishing a comparative effectiveness center to guide health care purchasing decisions are feasible, but design decisions depend on the prioritization of comparative effectiveness research.
The report assesses drivers, obstacles, uncertainties in deploying RFID in healthcare in Europe. It identifies promising RFID applications for increasing patient safety and reducing cost; and identifies success/failure factors, costs/benefits.
Patricia Herman is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research centers on the economics of health care, innovative models of care, individuals' health decisions, and overall quality of life. A NIH/NCCAM-trained research methodologist, a licensed practicing naturopathic…
Teryl Nuckols is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Health Services Researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her clinical and teaching activities at UCLA focus on the care of hospitalized patients. Her research interests involve…