While the U.S. blood system continues to function well, more government oversight may be needed to safeguard the future of the blood supply and prevent blood shortages from posing a risk to the public's health.
This case study discusses the principal elements of Health and Social Care commissioning in Northern Ireland. It explores how the commissioning system functions and how its supports the delivery of health and social care.
Changing scope of practice regulations in Michigan to allow nurse practitioners to autonomously diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications could increase access to care, improve favorable utilization of care, and improve patient-centeredness.
This study explores the needs of Massachusetts service members, veterans, and their families around health and healthcare, education, employment, housing, and other areas, to provide a better understanding of how these needs vary by region, demographics, and socio-economic factors.
The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.
This report celebrates 100 examples of positive change arising from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)'s support of research over the last 10 years, highlighting how it has transformed R&D in and for the NHS and the people it serves.
Despite efforts to integrate behavioral health care into primary care in the military health system, members of the military continue to perceive barriers to mental health care access. Issues remain with capacity, culture, and care quality.
In this February 2016 congressional briefing, senior policy researcher Carrie Farmer discusses RAND's findings from three assessments conducted under the Veterans Choice Act. Areas of focus include veteran demographics and health care needs, VA health care capabilities, and VA authorities and mechanisms for purchasing care.
The Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act was a response to reports that veterans faced long delays for care at some VA health facilities. New congressionally mandated studies examine the future demands facing the VA Health Care System, its current resources, and how care is provided to veterans outside the federal system.
What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?
The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, with broad resources and capabilities, provides timely and high-quality care to most, but not all, patients. Meeting veterans' needs over the next five years will require additional capacity.
This report presents a case study of how one health system addressed resource challenges by using Lean thinking (focusing on process improvement, affecting both structural components and operational processes) enabled by information technology.