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 examines how private employer health exchanges function, how they may affect employers and employees, and the possible implications for the Affordable Care Act's Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces.
Health care experiences of Latino children living in areas of the United States with newly expanding Latino populations do not differ significantly from their peers in more established Latino communities.
The impact of RAND's Health Insurance Experiment has been wide-reaching. The study's conclusions encouraged the restructuring of private insurance and helped increase the stature of managed care in the United States.
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.
A stronger TRICARE program that provides greater value-based care in a more efficient manner could result from adopting innovations made in the private sector, while also recognizing the unique role of military treatment facilities.
Changing incentives in the health care sector and the move to value-based payment models will force device manufacturers to redirect investments from the spectacular toward the prudent—lower cost, less sexy.
Of three alternatives examined for expanding health insurance and lowering premiums with no additional federal spending, extending the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to all consumers and placing a floor on subsidies had the greatest benefit.
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 ACA encourages workers to retain employer coverage by restricting their eligibility for marketplace subsidies. Modifying the policy could help 700,000 people gain coverage and lower spending for 1.6 million who are insured but face high health care costs.
This report describes the views of purchasers, payers, and industry stakeholders on comparative effectiveness research and implications for the work of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes purchased care services through an array of programs, each with different requirements and processes. A strategy for purchased care is needed to design an effective purchased care program.
Increasing the number of physicians who can prescribe buprenorphine for opioid abuse and supporting their ability to treat more patients may be the fastest approach to enhancing capacity for treatment, particularly in less populated counties.