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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  • How Private Health Care Providers Could Better Serve Veterans

    Almost a third of U.S. veterans live 40 miles or more from the nearest VA medical center, so the VA is trying to make it easier for them to use private providers closer to home. But it will take significant efforts to better prepare civilian doctors to deliver high-quality care to veterans.

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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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    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.

  • 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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    Personalized Hospital Performance Report Card Tool

    Aug 31, 2018

    The Personalized Hospital Performance Report Card allows users to review, customize, and compare hospitals across the United States. Using the overall star rating system developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it allows users to create their own custom ratings based on the hospital performance areas most important to them.

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