Paying for Care

Over the last four decades, both the public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches designed to change provider behavior, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost.

Since the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.

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  • Journal Article

    What Defines a High-Performing Health System?

    Aug 15, 2017

    Lack of a consistent definition of a high-performing health system severely hampers our ability to compare delivery systems based on performance.

  • Journal Article

    Measuring the Quality Of Community-Based Programs for Seriously Ill Patients

    Jul 19, 2017

    There are many challenges in measuring quality of care for seriously ill patients. Potential solutions to improve community-based programs that treat these patients include engaging in communication, shared decisionmaking, and advance care planning.

  • Report

    Testing New Codes to Capture Post-Operative Care

    Jan 11, 2017

    RAND piloted proposed G-codes to determine whether doctors understood and correctly applied the codes. Using vignettes to test coding accuracy, researchers made recommendations for refining coding instructions.

  • Report

    Policy Options for Regulating Out-of-Network Hospital Charges

    Nov 22, 2016

    The New Jersey state legislature is debating proposals to limit payments for involuntary out-of-network care. Researchers analyzed the role of these payments in hospitals' financial performance and simulated the effect of policies limiting such payments.

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