RAND advances understanding of health and health behaviors and examines how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access. RAND's body of research—conducted primarily through the RAND Health division—includes innovative studies of health insurance, health care reform, health information technology, and women's health, as well as topical concerns such as obesity, complementary and alternative medicine, and PTSD in veterans and survivors of catastrophe.
With the complex process of implementing the ACA underway, RAND research is tracking the progress of implementation and assessing the potential consequences of choices facing federal and state governments, employers, families, and individuals.
In its second term, the Obama Administration can restrain further health care spending growth—without compromising quality—by employing four broad strategies: fostering efficient and accountable providers, engaging and empowering consumers, promoting population health, and facilitating high-value innovation.
Description of fidelity rating tools for the Building Recovery by Improving Goals, Habits, and Thoughts (BRIGHT) and BRIGHT-2 interventions for depression and substance abuse, interrater reliability of measures, and a training plan for coders.
This book examines changes to California's workers' compensation affecting medical care provided to injured workers and identifies areas in which more changes could improve quality and efficiency of care.
Offers two rigorously developed tools for assessing the quality of care received by patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and for determining whether surgery is necessary for individual patients.
Testimony presented before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee provides an overview of RAND's extensive research on how deployment affects service members and their families. Issues addressed include combat-related stress, psychological injuries, willingness to reenlist, and the impact of parental deployment on children.
A new collection of essays by experts from the RAND Corporation examines America in the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, focusing a critical eye on the nation's actions since the attacks and outlining changes in strategy needed to improve efforts against jihadist groups.
The set of computer-interpretable identifiers currently used in electronic prescribing does not support the specific needs of prescribers and pharmacists. RxNorm, a rigorously derived system of drug identifiers that more accurately reflect the prescriber's intent, has potential to improve e-prescribing transactions.
BRIGHT is a group cognitive behavioral therapy program for individuals with depression and co-occurring alcohol or drug use problems. It can be delivered by non-mental health practitioners, thus providing treatment to those who often do not receive it.
This is the group member's workbook for BRIGHT, a manualized group cognitive behavioral therapy program for depression in individuals with co-occurring alcohol and drug use problems.
This is the group leader's manual for BRIGHT-2, a manualized group cognitive behavioral therapy program for co-occurring depression and alcohol and drug use problems.
This is the group member's workbook for BRIGHT-2, a manualized group cognitive behavioral therapy program for co-occurring depression and alcohol and drug use problems.
Many programs are available to encourage and support psychological resilience among service members and families but little is known about their effectiveness. A focused literature review identifies evidence-informed factors for promoting psychological resilience and a basis for evaluating military resilience programs.
This paper outlines the issues, and finds merit in developing non-standard incentives, such as prizes, to support excellence in health research in addition to 'standard' performance management and routine inspection.
Effective January 1, 2012, Medicare will require insurers and self-insured companies to report settlements, awards, and judgments over $5K that involve a Medicare beneficiary. Over three years the $5K threshold will be phased out and all claims will have to be reported—but the potential revenue recovered from low-value claims may not be worth the reporting costs.
Efforts by the United States to combat Latin American cocaine smugglers have disrupted drug supplies and captured key cartel leaders, but they have not significantly reduced the region's overall narcotics trade.
Using lessons learned from similar institutions, this monograph outlines the need for and scope of an office of institutional research to assist the joint medical education and training campus at Ft. Sam Houston in attaining its organizational goals.
Considers regulation of dietary supplement use in the military and comparable civilian organizations, policies regulating purchase of dietary supplements, and issues to be considered in crafting military policies about supplement use and education.
This report presents findings from a study of health innovations transferred from South to North. This briefing examines technologies developed for developing country settings, which may have an application in the UK National Health Service.
Implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (as Modified by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act) for small firms' decisions to offer self-insured health plans and consequences of self-insurance for enrollees.
Approximately two million individuals serving in America's all-volunteer force have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. An ongoing research program investigates the effects of deployment on those troops and their families.
Describes a methodology for identifying areas where problem events are more pronounced and directing resources toward those areas.