Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon Can Add Value to Local Economies
Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon could better contribute to local economies if they were trained for middle-skill jobs and were able to relocate to areas with manufacturing firms that need trained workers. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Providing Supervised Medical-Grade Heroin to Heavy Users Can Reduce Harms; Approach Merits Pilot Study in U.S.
Providing supervised access to medical-grade heroin to people whose use continues after trying multiple traditional treatments has been successful in other countries, and should be piloted and studied in the United States. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 6, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Report Evaluates Possible Economic Benefits of Using 5.9 GHz Band for WiFi
Opening up the 5.9 GHz frequency band for WiFi use could result in significant economic benefits, both in terms of contribution to GDP and in economic surplus. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 29, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Gun Violence Research Collaborative to Release First Request for Research Proposals in January, Names Advisory Committee
The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, a philanthropic fund that will support scientific research on gun policy, announced that it will release its first request for proposals in early January 2019 and award up to $10 million in research funding during its first round of grantmaking. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Youth-Oriented Mental Health Campaign Shows Evidence of Success
A community engagement campaign launched by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to address mental health barriers had an impressive reach with the younger audience it targeted and showed signs of changing attitudes. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 14, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

A Study of Potential Paths to Korean Unification Recommends Avoiding Approaches Involving Armed Conflict
An examination of nine potential paths to Korean unification recommends actions that the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) and the United States can take to set the conditions for stable reunification, should the opportunity arise. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 31, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Best Practices in Providing Palliative Care Supported by Growing Body of Evidence
A rapidly aging U.S. population with complex care needs will likely accelerate emphasis on palliative care services. A review of palliative care research found substantial evidence to support clinical practice guidelines and was incorporated into the new edition of the guidelines. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 31, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Universities Begin Redesigning Their Programs to Make Training of Future School Principals More Effective
Seven universities are beginning to change their principal preparation programs to better reflect the real-world demands of the job. They are working with local high-need school districts that hire their graduates as well as accreditation agencies in their states. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 30, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Complex and Rapidly Changing Payment Models Challenge Physician Practices
Physician payment models are becoming more complex and the pace of change is increasing, creating challenges for physician practices that might hamper their ability to improve the quality and efficiency of care despite their willingness to change. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 24, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Support for EEA-Style Brexit Has Increased
Support for a Brexit deal based on membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) has increased. EEA membership is now supported by 43 per cent of Britons, up from 38 per cent in 2017, making it the most popular Brexit option. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 11, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Statement About Edward Gonzalez, RAND Consultant and Expert on Cuba
Edward Gonzalez, a longtime RAND resident consultant and political science professor at UCLA who spent decades studying Fidel Castro's Cuba and its relations with the United States and the former Soviet Union, has died. He was 85. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 9, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Youth Who Use Vaping Products Are More Likely to Smoke Cigarettes, Increase Use of Both Over Time
Adolescents who use vaping products are not only more likely to smoke cigarettes but are also likely to increase their use of both products over time. The increased use cannot be attributed to other risk factors, such as consuming alcohol or marijuana. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Attorney Robert Case Appointed as General Counsel of the Nonprofit RAND Corporation
Attorney Robert M. Case has been appointed vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the nonprofit RAND Corporation. Case, who previously served as RAND's associate general counsel from 2013 to 2015, began his duties October 1. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Expanding Specialist Care and Enhanced Coordination for Chronic Kidney Disease Can Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs
Providing specialized medical care and coordination to patients whose kidneys are failing before they need dialysis treatment could save the U.S. health care system more than $1 billion annually. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Some European Countries Unprepared to Move Future Alzheimer's Treatment into Rapid Clinical Use
The health care systems in some European countries lack the capacity to rapidly move a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into widespread clinical use, which could leave 1 million people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 30, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

New Curriculum Offered to Teach Opioid Risks to Middle School Students
A new and free science-based curriculum designed to teach adolescents about the risks of opioids has been released by Project ALERT, a national evidence-based drug education program created and managed by the nonprofit RAND Corporation. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 24, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

19th U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy Elected to RAND Board of Trustees
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, has been elected to the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 14, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

NIH Funds RAND Corporation Opioid Research Center Dedicated to Policies for Addressing the National Crisis
A research center dedicated to identifying effective policies for combating the nation's opioid epidemic has been established at the RAND Corporation, supported by a $7.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 8, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Hospital Rating Tools Should Allow Patients to Customize Rankings to Meet Their Individual Needs
Publicly available hospital ratings and rankings should be modified to allow quality measures to be prioritized according to the needs and preferences of individual patients. RAND researchers propose a new way of rating hospitals by creating tools that allow patients to decide which performance measures to prioritize. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 29, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Mobile Phones and Smartphone Apps Hold Promise for Allowing Patient Participation in Improving Medical Record Matching
Mobile phones and smartphone apps offer a promising approach to ensure that an individual's medical records when shared between different health care providers are matched correctly. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 22, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Senior Fundraising Strategist to Lead Philanthropic Efforts at RAND, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Brandon Baker, a proven senior fundraising strategist whose experience includes helming a $250 million fundraising effort, has joined RAND's leadership team as vice president of development. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 20, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Viewing Tobacco'Power Wall' Linked to Adolescents' Willingness to Try Vaping Products
Adolescents who view advertising for tobacco products on the tobacco“power wall” in convenience stores report being more willing to try vaping products in the future compared to peers who visited a store where the tobacco power wall was hidden. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 6, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Single-Payer Health Plan in New York State Could Cover All Without Increasing Total Health Spending If Cost Growth Slows
A single-payer health care plan could expand coverage for all New York State residents, but would require significant new tax revenue. A plan outlined by the New York Health Act is likely to increase use of health services as more people receive coverage. But overall health care costs would decrease slightly over time if administrative costs are reduced and state officials slow the growth of payments to health care providers. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 1, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Statement About Cyrus Tang, CEO and Chairman of Tang Industries
The RAND Corporation notes with regret the death of Cyrus Tang, the CEO and chairman of Tang Industries, an international manufacturing and distribution company based in Las Vegas. He was a devoted philanthropist who made significant contributions to RAND. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 27, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Student-Run Mental Health Education Efforts May Help Improve Mental Health Climate on College Campuses
Getting college students to engage with peer-run organizations that focus on mental health awareness can improve college students'knowledge about mental health, reduce stigma and may play an important role in improving the campus climate toward mental health. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 27, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Christine Wormuth Appointed Director of RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center
National security leader Christine Wormuth has been appointed director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 27, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Use of Medication Therapy to Treat Opioid Abuse Among Medicaid Recipients Increased After Approval of New Drug
The number of Medicaid recipients receiving medication to treat opioid abuse increased sharply in the years after approval of buprenorphine, but the increase was smaller in poorer counties and areas with larger populations of black and Hispanic residents. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 25, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Project Will Develop Quality Measures for Community-Based Care for the Seriously Ill
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. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 21, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Opening School-Based Health Clinics Can Lower Teacher Health Costs
Opening onsite health clinics to provide comprehensive primary care to teachers and their families can lower a school district ’ s health care costs and decrease teacher absenteeism. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 20, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Innovator John Seely Brown to Address Pardee RAND Graduates
John Seely Brown, independent co-chairman of Deloitte's Center for the Edge, member of the Amazon board of directors, and former chief scientist of XEROX and director of research and development hub PARC, will make the keynote address at the commencement exercises of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica on June 16. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 8, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Terrorism Cost the EU € 180 Billion Between 2004 and 2016
The European Union lost around€180 billion in GDP terms due to terrorism between 2004 and 2016. Changes in economic behavior could be the reason behind the observed negative effects on economic growth, as people and companies change their purchasing, saving and investing behaviors following terror attacks. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 6, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Frank C. Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense and RAND Trustee, Dies at 87
RAND notes with regret the passing of Frank Carlucci, who was President Ronald Reagan's final secretary of defense and had a long career as a senior-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He served on the board of trustees at RAND for nearly 25 years. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 4, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Selected to Help Oversee National Effort to Increase Funding for Research on Gun Violence
The RAND Corporation has been selected to help oversee a philanthropic fund that will support high-quality research on issues related to gun violence. Over the next five years, research sponsored by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research will seek data-driven answers on the causes and patterns of gun-related violence in the United States. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 31, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Europe (EU) Established in Belgium as Not-for-Profit International Association to be'Focal Point' for RAND's EU Research Activity
RAND Europe recently announced that its co-application with the US-based RAND Corporation to establish an international non-profit association (AISBL) in Belgium, RAND Europe (EU), has been successful after it received the required notarial deed and approval by Royal Decree. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 22, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Adolescents Who View More Medical Marijuana Advertising Are More Likely to Use Marijuana, Have Positive Views About the Drug
Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance. An increasing amount of advertising about marijuana may prompt young people to increase their use of the drug. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 17, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Statement About Dr. Donald W. Seldin
The RAND Corporation notes with profound regret the death of Dr. Donald W. Seldin, 97, a longtime RAND trustee and icon of American medicine who transformed a ramshackle medical school in Dallas into one of the nation's finest research and teaching institutions. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 9, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

3D Printing Could Disrupt Labor Markets and National Security
While advances in additive manufacturing offer potential breakthroughs in prosthetic arms, jet engine parts, and a host of other products, 3D printing, as it is known, may also disrupt traditional labor markets and exacerbate existing security threats from violent actors. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 9, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

VA Health System Generally Delivers Higher Quality Care Than Other Health Providers
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. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 26, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Can Deliver Routine Care to Affected People Following Natural Disasters
Direct-to-consumer telemedicine is a viable way to deliver medical care in the days following a natural disaster, although most people who use such services do so for routine matters rather than disaster-caused illnesses. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 25, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

By 2040, Artificial Intelligence Could Upend Nuclear Stability
Artificial intelligence has the potential to upend the foundations of nuclear deterrence by the year 2040. While AI-controlled doomsday machines are considered unlikely, the hazards of artificial intelligence for nuclear security lie instead in its potential to encourage humans to take potentially apocalyptic risks (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 24, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Charles J. Zwick, RAND Researcher and Donor Who Was LBJ's Budget Director, Dies at 91
Charles J. Zwick, an economist, banker and philanthropist who was a RAND Corporation researcher from 1956 to 1965 and President Lyndon B. Johnson's last budget director, died Friday at his home in Coral Gables, Florida, his family announced. He was 91. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 23, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Identifies New Strategies for Countering Russian Social Media Influence in Eastern Europe
Russia is waging a social media campaign in the Baltics, Ukraine and nearby states to sow dissent against neighboring governments, as well as NATO and the European Union. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Study Examines Ways U.S. Can Better Counter Political Warfare
The United States needs to improve the ways it combats adversaries adept at using political warfare tactics to achieve their goals and undermine U.S. interests and allies. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 5, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

To Protect Overseas Interests, China Likely to Rely More on Contractors and Host Nation Forces than Its Own Military
China is far less likely to involve its military in security activities abroad than has been the case for the United States or for imperial powers of previous centuries. To bolster security for the Belt and Road Initiative and other economic activities abroad, China will instead rely heavily on civilian contractors and host nation-provided forces, with Chinese military and paramilitary forces playing an important but limited role. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 27, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Evaluation of Mental Health Service Act in L.A. County Shows Services Reaching Those in Need
Funding from California's special tax for mental health services has allowed Los Angeles County to reach the seriously mentally ill and those at risk for mental illness with services and prevention efforts, lowering both homelessness and the need for psychiatric hospitalizations, while improving employment and wellbeing. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Large-Scale Study on Gun-Policy Effects Finds Important Gaps in Existing Research; Exceptions Include Child Access Prevention Laws, Some Other Common Policies
One of the largest-ever studies of U.S. gun policy finds there is a shortage of evidence about the effects of most gun laws, although researchers from the RAND Corporation found there is some persuasive evidence about the effects of several common gun policies. RAND's sweeping Gun Policy in America initiative also evaluated the views of gun policy experts with opposing perspectives on the likely effects of gun laws to identify where compromise might be possible. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Few Civilian Health Providers in New York Ready to Provide Timely, Quality Care to Veterans
Only about 2 percent of the physicians and other health care providers in New York State are equipped to provide timely and quality care to veterans in the community. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 28, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Link Between Medical Marijuana and Fewer Opioid Deaths Is More Complex Than Previously Reported
The association between medical marijuana and lower levels of opioid overdose deaths—identified previously in several studies—is more complex than previously described and appears to be changing as both medical marijuana laws and the opioid crisis evolve. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 6, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

$3 Million Gift from Leonard D. Schaeffer Supports RAND Corporation Employee Recognition Program
The RAND Corporation has received a $3 million gift from health care executive Leonard D. Schaeffer to help endow RAND's employee recognition awards. The top award, given annually to two individuals or employee groups, will be renamed the Leonard Schaeffer Medals in recognition of the gift. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 16, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Corporation Appoints Nicholas Burger Director of RAND Washington Office
Economist Nicholas Burger has been appointed director of the Washington office of the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. Burger is a senior economist, associate director of RAND Labor and Population program and director of the RAND Center for Research and Policy in International Development. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 16, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news