Congressional Briefing - March 27, 2009

The RAND Corporation's COMPARE Initiative: An Innovative Approach to Health Care Policy

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Elizabeth McGlynn


Friday, March 27, 2009


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


S-115 The Capitol Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

Health care reform is one of the top legislative priorities for the 111th Congress. Efforts to improve the system are complex and policymakers are being inundated with information. RAND Health created COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts) in recognition of these complexities and of the need to provide policymakers with objective, reliable information and analyses of health care proposals.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth McGlynn

Elizabeth McGlynn, associate director of RAND Health and codirector of COMPARE, will present a briefing about and demonstration of COMPARE, a first-of-its kind online resource that provides one-stop shopping for objective and transparent analyses of health policy issues. Features of COMPARE's innovative Web site include

  • facts and figures about the current state of the U.S. health care system, focusing on key dimensions of health system performance
  • descriptions of policy options for changing the health care system
  • inventory and status of prominent federal, state, and private health care reform proposals
  • a policy options “dashboard” that provides an in-depth look at how various policy choices would affect a range of outcomes, as well as gaps in our knowledge about the consequences of potential changes in the health care system; and
  • a state-of-the-art microsimulation model with interactive access to the modeling results, allowing policymakers to explore how specific details of a policy affect results.

RAND Office of Congressional Relations

For more than 60 years, RAND has provided policymakers with independent, objective research and analysis on key national security, domestic and international issues. RAND work helps members of Congress and their staffs make better-informed decisions on the nation's pressing challenges. The Office of Congressional Relations offers a number of products and services to educate, inform, and facilitate congressional policymakers' access to RAND work, including coordinating congressional testimony by RAND experts, organizing briefings and meetings, synthesizing RAND work into topical e-newsletters and providing reports and publications to congressional offices. For more information, visit the Office of Congressional Relations webpage, contact or call (703) 413-1100 x5395.

Further Inquiries

For further information about this event, contact the Office of Congressional Relations at or call (703) 413-1100 x5395.