This issue of RAND Health Quarterly includes several articles describing research on health care payment policy and approaches. Three articles examine aspects of episode-based specialty payment models for oncology, gastroenterology, and cardiology. A study by Wynn and Boustead proposes options and recommendations for a fee schedule for home health services provided to injured workers in California. Wynn et al. also describe a model for the validation of work relative value units for the Medicare physician fee schedule.
Other studies tackle broader domestic and global health policy and health reform research questions. Three articles on health delivery systems analyze the economic incidence of health spending in the state of Vermont, the effect of eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits in federally facilitated marketplaces, and the effects that alternative health care payment models have on physicians and their practices. Mattke and colleagues examine how population health management could be used in Gulf Cooperation Council countries—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—to prevent and manage chronic disease.
This issue also includes a series of research briefs focusing on mental health issues in California. In addition, a study by Burnette, Ramchand, and Ayer reviews the literature on the effectiveness of gatekeeper models of suicide prevention.
Andrew W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., M.P.P., Editor