The number of new coronavirus cases is growing in most states. As the pandemic continues to strain U.S. health care systems, a tool developed by RAND researchers can help hospitals prepare for the worst.
Price regulations face political obstacles and have been strongly opposed by medical providers. But setting prices for all commercial health care payers could reduce hospital spending by $61.9 billion to $236.6 billion a year if the rates were set at 100 to 150 percent of the amounts paid by Medicare.
States participating in Project JOINTS, a six-month quality improvement campaign to reduce infection risk after joint replacement surgery, adhered to three new evidence-based practices significantly more than non-participants.
Children with medical complexity (CMC) account for disproportionately high hospital use. Researchers developed a structured, reproducible process for the creation of intervention strategies to reduce hospitalizations among CMC.
Biomedical research can have impacts on patient care at research-active hospitals. We qualitatively evaluated the impact of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (Oxford BRC), a university-hospital partnership, on the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare in local hospitals.
This report describes RAND Corporation work evaluating the psychometric characteristics of the Modified Bridges for Newborns, a screening tool to identify high-risk mothers in Los Angeles Count who are eligible for supportive services.
To inform the debate in the New Jersey state legislature, this report analyzes the role of payments for involuntary out-of-network care for New Jersey hospitals' financial performance and simulates the effect of policies to limit such payments.
Hospitals face penalties for excess readmissions among Medicare patients. This study found that adding race/ethnicity and SES factors to the readmission calculation would have modest financial effects on hospitals and Medicare.
Patient experience points related to improvement and consistency have a small but important effect on payments to hospitals serving large proportions of disadvantaged patients under the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program.