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.
This perspective piece summarizes recent research on expanding options for consumers who seek treatment for low-acuity medical conditions, such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections.
Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes use 2 to 3 times more brand-name drugs than a comparable group within the VA, at substantial excess cost.
Using the example of the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project, this paper discusses the experience and perspective of a large urban county to better understand how to implement a community resilience framework in public health practice.
Wellness programs do in fact reduce health risks, like smoking and obesity, write Soeren Mattke and Kristin Van Busum. But resulting cost savings could not be detected, especially when compared to the costs of the programs.
Listen in on this panel discussion featuring sociologist Chloe E. Bird on women's health, heart health, gender-based disparities in health care, and the need for gender-specific approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
A RAND Policy Forum will address women's health, heart health, and the potential effects of gender on health with speakers Chloe Bird, Amanda Daniels, and Karol Watson.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains many Medicaid-related provisions. RAND is working closely with decisionmakers at the federal and state levels to help resolve challenges associated with implementing the ACA's sweeping reforms.
RAND congratulates physician researcher Ateev Mehrotra on receiving AcademyHealth's 2013 Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award. The award recognizes early-career health services researchers who “show exceptional promise for future contributions.”
Better integration of health and social services in Washington, D.C., may help facilitate the use of preventive health services such as for asthma, obesity, and sexual and mental health, according to a community health needs assessment.
Research Bill Shadel presented the example of tobacco advertising at a RAND Drug Policy Research Center program about how to develop public health regulations for legal marijuana.
At a RAND Drug Policy Research Center program, health policy professors as well as economists and behavioral scientists talked about how to develop public health regulations for legal marijuana.
RAND is engaged in developing and supporting the use of quality measures by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
RAND's work for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reflects the diverse, widespread nature of CMS's programs. Major topics examined by our health policy experts include improving Medicare payment policies, implementation of the ACA's Medicaid provisions, Medicare demonstration projects, measuring quality of care, and assessing patients experience.
RAND's work on Medicare payment policies has played a major role in improving payment systems, helping to better align incentives for providers and promote delivery of high-value care for patients.
RAND works closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to design, test, implement, and evaluate demonstration projects that span a wide range of care settings and issues.
Understanding how patients experience care can encourage delivery of high-quality services. It also helps payers, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ensure that they pay for effective and efficient care.
Improving care for depression in low-income communities — places where such help is frequently unavailable or hard to find — provides greater benefits to those in need when community groups such as churches and even barber shops help lead the planning process.
Alignment with best P4P practices varies across Medicare programs; the program for Medicare Advantage aligns most strongly. It is unclear which P4P design elements are critical for quality improvement. Unintended consequences of design features are poorly understood.
The RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation seeks to identify and promote laws, programs, and institutions that reduce the adverse social and economic effects of catastrophes.
While the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will require additional spending by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, these costs will be more than offset by additional revenue or reductions in other spending in the 2014-2020 timeframe.