RAND Health Care Key Topics

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    Confronting the Opioid Crisis

    Opioid overdoses claimed nearly 70,000 lives in 2017 and the death toll could exceed 500,000 over the next decade. RAND Health Care research presents a comprehensive view of this dynamic crisis, highlighting policy approaches and potential outcomes.

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    U.S. Health Care Policy

    The U.S. health care policy landscape is poised for great change. Extensive RAND research offers insights about the likely impact of repealing or revising the ACA along key dimensions, including Medicaid, the individual mandate, effects on employers, tax subsidies, changing rating regulations, and essential health benefits.

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    Paying for Care

    Over the last four decades, public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost. RAND Health Care leads the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.

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    Organizing Care

    How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. RAND Health Care addresses questions about organization of care, new approaches to providing care, and innovative delivery approaches.

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    Quality of Care

    Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. RAND Health Care has confronted this challenge by helping establishing the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

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    Mental Health

    Mental health can affect a person's health and well-being in profound ways. RAND Health Care studies prevention and treatment approaches for mental health disorders, as well as a broad range of topics related to mental health and illness.

Other Research Areas

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    Health Tools

    Developing tools for improving health is part of the ongoing commitment of RAND Health Care to translate research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

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    Women's Health

    RAND Health Care research focusing on the health and special needs of women, including women's health care, maternal mental health, maternal and infant mortality, and nutrition.

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    Military and Veterans Health

    RAND Health Care explores topics relating to military and veterans health care.

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    Health Information Technology

    RAND Health Care explores health information technology (HIT) and studies how technology systems can improve health care quality and efficiency, reduce medical errors, and lower costs.

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    Australia Is Not Prepared to Deliver an Alzheimer's Treatment

    As in other countries, the Australian health care system has limited capacity to rapidly move a future treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into wide clinical use. That could leave thousands of older people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.