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    Many Patients Don't Get to Choose the Type of Behavioral Health Visit They Receive

    With the rapid growth of telehealth for behavioral health services, many patients do not have a choice of whether they receive in-person or remote care.

    Sep 5, 2023

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    The Solution to Telemedicine Prescribing of Buprenorphine Seems Clear to Everyone but DEA

    For more than a decade, Congress, clinicians, and policymakers have been requesting implementation of a special registration pathway that would allow registered clinicians to prescribe buprenorphine without an in-person visit requirement. It's clear to us that the time to implement the pathway is now.

    Sep 5, 2023

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    Proposals to Address Political Interference: Outcomes of a Trilateral Dialogue

    These proceedings reflect discussions among U.S., Russian, and European Union nongovernmental experts who were convened in 2020–2021 to discuss mutual concerns regarding political interference and to find common ground on measures to address them.

    Sep 5, 2023

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    Improving Integration and Synchronization of Space Acquisition and Fielding

    The authors of this research explored ways the United States Space Force can facilitate the integration and synchronization of space acquisition and fielding to support the delivery of end-to-end space capabilities to outpace adversary threats.

    Aug 31, 2023

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    A Potential Alternative for Regulating Internet-Based Platform Services

    The use of internet-based platform services like Amazon, DoorDash, and Uber Eats is increasing and can be helpful. But the companies that offer these services may be engaging in predatory practices that can harm users and local businesses. Some form of centralized policy action may help; local governments could play a more active role.

    Aug 29, 2023

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    Telehealth and In-Person Mental Health Service Utilization and Spending, 2019 to 2022

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth for mental health boomed. Post-pandemic, little is known about mental health service trends. We studied 2019-2022 data on telehealth vs. in-person mental health utilization and spending in US adults pre-2023 PHE expiry.

    Aug 28, 2023

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    Spending on Mental Health Services Has Risen by More Than Half Since Beginning of Pandemic

    Spending on mental health services among Americans with private health insurance has surged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to rise even as the use of telehealth has plateaued.

    Aug 25, 2023

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    Embracing the Messiness of Public-Private Collaboration in the Fight Against Botnets

    Botnets are networks of computers infected with malware that an attacker controls and uses to fulfill malicious cyber activities. Decisionmakers could incorporate a complex adaptive systems perspective to assess if their organization and immediate network, as well as the overall ecosystem, are adaptable and resilient enough to respond to botnet activities.

    Aug 16, 2023

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    Expansion of Telehealth Availability for Mental Health Care After State-Level Policy Changes From 2019 to 2022

    This study investigated whether state-level policy changes from 2019 to 2022 were associated with the expansion of telehealth services at mental health treatment facilities throughout the US.

    Aug 11, 2023

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    Truth Decay and National Security

    Even if the U.S. national security apparatus can operate entirely outside of politics, it remains exposed to the effects of Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life. Little work is being done to understand how severe the impact of Truth Decay is on national security and, more importantly, how to mitigate it.

    Aug 1, 2023

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    Misperceptions Online About the Security Clearance Process

    The security clearance process may seem confusing and opaque to the public. When people search the internet for answers they might encounter misinformation that could lead to misperceptions about the process. But there are opportunities for the government to clarify areas of confusion.

    Jul 20, 2023

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    The Promise—and Pitfalls—of Researching Extremism Online

    How big of a problem is extremism in the United States and around the world? Is it getting worse? Are social media platforms responsible, or did the internet simply reveal existing trends? We have few answers because this research is easy to do poorly and hard to do well.

    Jul 17, 2023

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    When Mass Shooters Are Seeking Fame

    What motivates mass shooters? And what might break the cycle of violence? Developing an effective policy response first requires better understanding of the factors that drive would-be attackers to kill.

    Jul 13, 2023

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    How Taiwan Can Build 'Digital Resilience'

    If China were to attack Taiwan, it is very likely to attempt to control all communications on the island and block contact with the rest of the world. What actions can Taiwan take to maintain contact with allies, supporters, and its own people in the event of such an invasion?

    Jul 6, 2023

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    Cyberstalking: A Growing Challenge for the U.S. Legal System

    As online platforms have multiplied, cyberstalking has become more prevalent. What are the most common or contrasting characteristics of federal cyberstalking cases? And what are the main challenges to prosecuting such cases?

    Jun 29, 2023

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    How Violent Extremists Behave Online

    Exploitation of the internet by violent extremists is as old as the technology itself. But ideologically motivated violent extremism (IMVE) actors generally, and especially in online spaces, have been adapting to and adopting the evolving technological landscape in more sophisticated ways.

    Jun 28, 2023

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    The AI Conspiracy Theories Are Coming

    Artificial intelligence is a technology ready-made for conspiratorial thinking. The time to counter conspiracy theories about AI is now—before they take hold in the minds of the public.

    Jun 22, 2023

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    Reconstructing Ukraine, Wildfires, Telehealth: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on reconstructing Ukraine, what to do about wildfires, virtual mental health care services, and more.

    Jun 16, 2023

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    News Release

    State Policies During COVID Associated with Increase in Tele-Mental Health; Disparities in Access to Care Persist Despite Expansion

    Four state policies introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to spur expansion of telehealth were associated with expansion of such services by mental health facilities, but growth of telehealth was lower among facilities in counties with the greatest proportion of Black residents.

    Jun 13, 2023

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    How Can Platforms Deal with Toxic Content? Look to Wall Street

    Social media has a content problem. It's not the content itself, although the list of toxic material is long. The problem is the sheer volume of content. Instead of trusting in self-regulation, the United States could use its regulation of Wall Street after 2008 as a roadmap for regulating tech.

    May 26, 2023