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.
In this special issue, we have described results from the IMPAQ-RAND team's formal longitudinal evaluation of HHS's National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections and have discussed efforts to address healthcare–associated infections (HAIs) at the state, regional, and local levels.
This report provides a national cross-sectional snapshot of infection prevention and control programs and clinician compliance with the implementation of processes to prevent health care–associated infections (HAIs) in intensive care units (ICUs).
In response to mounting evidence about skyrocketing morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with healthcare–associated infections (HAIs), in 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the HHS HAI Action Plan to enhance collaboration and coordination and to strengthen the impact of national efforts to address HAIs.
Infections that strike patients are one of the most preventable leading causes of death in the United States. A federally sponsored plan to lower health care-acquired infections was successful in addressing the challenges of prioritizing and coordinating strategies.
The authors examine how hospital adherence to quality improvement (QI) methods and hospital engagement with a large-scale QI campaign could facilitate the adoption of an enhanced prevention bundle designed to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) rates after orthopaedic surgery.
If it doesn't seem that state laws as currently written can help increase the number of health care workers vaccinated against influenza, then what can? There is evidence that imposing consequences for vaccination refusal, including the requirement to wear a surgical mask, can help.
The RAND Corporation is launching a new research initiative to provide objective and nonpartisan analysis about the impact and future of the 340B program, a major federal program that gives safety net hospitals and other health care providers access to discounted outpatient medications.
Regions of the United States where doctors and hospitals are consolidated into large networks are more likely to have accountable care organizations, medical practice structures intended to improve medical care and cut costs.
We cannot assume, based on Boston's response to the marathon bombings, that other U.S. cities are as prepared. Emergency managers and public safety agencies remain focused on disaster preparedness, but some hospitals have lapsed into thinking that it is a costly distraction from daily business.
New interventional cardiac catheterization services offered by U.S. hospitals generally duplicate existing programs and do not help patients gain access to timely emergency cardiac care. Instead, the focus has been on competing with other hospitals.