Quality of Care

The U.S. health care system has well-known problems: high costs and high numbers of uninsured. Perhaps less publicized is the system's struggle to deliver high-quality care—that is, care that's likely to improve health and is consistent with current medical science.

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

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    Displaying Mental Health Data: Clinician and Patient Preferences

    Sep 4, 2019

    Interviews with clinicians and patients indicate that visual displays of MBC data, such as graphs of scores of time, may be a useful tool to improve behavioral health outcomes.

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    Examining the Impact of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program

    Apr 22, 2019

    Evidence suggests that the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program reduced the cost of care and use of emergency room and inpatient services, as well as improved follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness.

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    Ensuring Veterans' Access to Timely, High-Quality Health Care

    Apr 10, 2019

    Though the size of the U.S. veteran population has been decreasing over time, an influx of a new era of veterans with significant service-related health problems has increased VA health care enrollment to over 9 million. Insights from RAND research can help inform policymakers about the timeliness and quality of VA care.

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    Reducing High-Dose Opioid Prescribing by Establishing Dosing Policies

    Mar 22, 2019

    Policies establishing thresholds for morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) prescribing are a promising policy tool, but there is no consensus about how the thresholds should be used and what the threshold level should be. This work provides a foundation for future evaluation of MEDD policies and may inform states considering adopting such policies.

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