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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    Rural Physicians Perspectives on the Medicare Quality Payment Program

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently launched its Quality Payment Program (QPP), which changes how physicians are paid under Medicare. Researchers interviewed rural physicians to determine if their practices could successfully participate and how the program could be modified to support small rural practices.

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    Report

    Enhancing the Star Ratings Program

    Jan 18, 2019

    RAND convened a Technical Expert Panel to assist with analysis of, and enhancements to, the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Contract Star Ratings program.

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    News Release

    Growing Evidence Supports Best Practices in Palliative Care

    Oct 31, 2018

    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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    Report

    Physicians Need Time to Adapt to Changing Payment Models

    Oct 24, 2018

    It is difficult for physicians to keep up with changing payment models, navigate complexity, and invest in data and reporting. Slowing the rate of change and simplifying payment models can help physicians improve patient care and earn financial benefits.

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    Journal Article

    Keeping Young Adults Insured Means More Mental Health Care

    Sep 21, 2018

    Lack of insurance has been a barrier to mental health treatment for young adults. The ACA's Dependent Care Expansion, which allows them to stay on their parents' policies until age 26, has increased use of mental health care among this high need group—without affecting quality of care or disparities in access.

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