As life expectancy continues to increase in many countries, the health care of older adults will become more challenging for providers, caregivers, and policymakers. Older adults use a large share of health care resources, and their health and functioning are seriously impacted by poor care, making them a particularly important population for quality-of-care evaluation.

RAND Health Care studies many facets of aging and health, including:

  • chronic condition management
  • clinical care quality
  • nursing home and community care
  • Medicare

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    Oct 31, 2018

    Growing Evidence Supports Best Practices in Palliative Care

    A rapidly aging U.S. population with complex care needs will likely accelerate emphasis on palliative care services. A review of palliative care research found substantial evidence to support clinical practice guidelines and was incorporated into the new edition of the guidelines.

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    Measuring Health Care Use Under Medicare Advantage

    Jul 25, 2019

    Medicare Advantage data from 2015 to 2016 reveals a slight decrease in hospital stays, while visits to a health care professional, emergency department visits, and other outpatient visits increased slightly.

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    Practitioner Survey of Post-Operative Visits

    Jul 12, 2019

    For many surgeries and procedures, Medicare covers a bundle of services, including post-operative visits, during the global period. A practitioner survey of post-operative visits during this period found that visits varied according to the type of procedure. Researchers recommend a combined approach, using surveys and claims data, for assessing the accuracy of payment and valuing procedures.

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    Examining Claims Data for Post-Operative Visits

    Jul 12, 2019

    Medicare bundles payment for post-operative care into payment for surgical procedures. Reviewing claims data for post-operative visits revealed fewer visits than Medicare assumes in its payment rates and suggests the need to revalue procedures with a global period.

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    Using Claims-Based Estimates to Revalue Health Care Procedures

    Jul 12, 2019

    Medicare payment for many health care procedures covers not just the procedure itself but also most post-operative care during a fixed "global period." New claims-based data could be used to adjust valuation for procedures with varying global periods.

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