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. In a series of studies spanning decades, RAND Health has confronted this challenge by helping to establish the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

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  • Getting Doctors to Make Better Decisions Will Take More than Money and Nudges

    While monetary incentives and behavioral nudges both have their strengths, neither is enough to reliably change clinician behavior and improve quality of care. Organizational culture provides another important lens to understand why clinicians are practicing in a certain way and to put forth more comprehensive, long-term solutions.

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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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    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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    RAND Project Will Develop Quality Measures for Community-Based Care for the Seriously Ill

    Jun 21, 2018

    Researchers from the RAND Corporation have been awarded a grant to develop a survey to measure the quality of care provided to people with serious illnesses, an issue of increasing importance as the nation's population of frail older individuals grows.

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    VA Health System Generally Delivers Higher-Quality Care Than Other Health Providers

    Apr 26, 2018

    The VA health care system performs similar to or better than non-VA systems on most measures of inpatient and outpatient care quality, although there is high variation in quality across individual VA facilities.

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