Bing Center for Health Economics
RAND economists have a long and distinguished history of applying innovative research methods to improve health and the efficiency of health care service delivery.
With the help of a generous donation from former trustee Peter Bing, RAND created the Bing Center for Health Economics to continue to strengthen this tradition of innovative, high-profile research in health economics and health services.
What We Do
Affordable Care Act
In this March 2017 congressional briefing, RAND senior economist, Christine Eibner, discusses how individuals and employers will respond to major health care policy changes as the new administration reassesses the Affordable Care Act.
Recent strategies to combat the opioid epidemic have had some success. But much more research is needed to understand their effectiveness. For pressing funding decisions, policymakers should focus on tactics that address both prescription opioid and heroin use.
Health Care Pay for Performance
RAND researchers used the RAND Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM) to estimate how sensitive physician behavior is to the design of alternative payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Health Insurance Benefit Design
The American Health Care Act would have reduced insurance enrollment by an estimated 14.2 million people in 2020 and by 19.7 million people by 2026. The uninsured would have been older, sicker, and poorer than those currently uninsured. Also, the AHCA would have increased the deficit by $38 billion in 2020 while reducing it by $5 billion in 2026.
Affordable Care Act
In this Call with the Experts, RAND senior economist Christine Eibner discusses the Affordable Care Act, what policymakers should consider, and changes that the current administration could make.
Drug Markets and Supply
Supply interventions to limit access to opioids may increase the use of substitute drugs. The introduction of an abuse-deterrent form of OxyContin contributed to the dramatic increase in heroin deaths in the U.S. since 2010.
Christine Eibner has been appointed to the RAND Corporation's Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis, RAND President and CEO Michael D. Rich announced in May.
Eibner, who is based at RAND's office in Arlington, Virginia, will continue to work on modeling the nation's health care system and aiding policymakers as they consider proposals to improve affordability and extend coverage.
"Christine Eibner's research and analysis has provided objective, credible evidence to all stakeholders in the highly politicized debate over health care," Rich said. "Support from the Alcoa Chair will help her extend the impact of her research and analysis, stay ahead of the curve on emerging policy issues and mentor the next generation of policy researchers."
Over the past decade, Eibner has led numerous complex analyses that have had a major impact on the direction and contours of U.S. health care reform. She has led efforts to model the impacts of the federal Affordable Care Act, and had advised federal and state officials about the potential impacts of a wide array of health care policies.
Her research has been published in major health policy journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research and The New England Journal of Medicine. She is frequently cited in influential news media. Eibner, who received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, received the 2016 AcademyHealth HSR Impact Award.
Marc Elliott Selected to Join AcademyHealth Methods Council
Marc Elliott has been chosen by AcademyHealth to join its Methods Council. The Council consists of 21 members who advise AcademyHealth leadership on priorities and trends in new methods and trainings for AcademyHealth members and the field of health services research.
NIDA Marijuana Policy Research
Rosalie Pacula has been appointed to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Marijuana Policy Research Workgroup.
Awards and Recognition
Beau Kilmer Recognized for Innovation in Alcohol and Drug Policy Research
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented Beau Kilmer with a public service award in recognition of his leadership and innovation in the areas of alcohol and drug-impaired driving program and policy research. Kilmer's 24/7 Sobriety Program has been implemented in several states around the U.S.