How individuals access and experience care depends on far more than health insurance. At the most basic level are questions about who will provide care and how new approaches to providing care can increase access, make care more convenient, more efficient, and less costly.
RAND Health is evaluating multiple experiments with these new approaches to learn how well they perform and what might improve them.
The greatest opportunities to improve health happen pretty much everywhere but the doctor's office. Collaborative programming that merges strategies from housing, education, or labor could make a big difference.
Practice Expense (PE) measures do not accurately reflect the changing physician landscape. Using a different valuation process and establishing a mechanism to periodically update cost estimates can improve payment accuracy.
Drugs to halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease may be available by 2020, but millions of U.S. patients might have to wait more than 14 months for initial appointments in the multistep process unless health care system capacity is increased.