Public Option Could Lower Health Insurance Premiums, But Would Not Substantially Raise Number of Insured
Offering a government-sponsored health plan with publicly determined payment rates to people who buy their own insurance could lower the cost of premiums, but on its own it is unlikely to substantially increase the overall number of people with coverage. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 28, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Preparing Now Can Help Small Businesses Revive More Quickly as the Economy Reopens, Business Owners Tell RAND
As small businesses reopen after a lengthy pandemic shutdown, one key challenge will be finding working capital to replenish inventories and pay employees until revenue returns to normal. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 27, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Frequent Alcohol Testing Lowers the Likelihood Offenders Will Be Rearrested or Have Probation Revoked
An innovative statewide alcohol-monitoring program that requires drunk drivers to be tested frequently for alcohol use significantly lowers the likelihood that participants will be rearrested or have probation revoked. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 5, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Creates Online Tool to Help State and Local Policymakers Manage Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic
A new tool designed to help state and local officials estimate the effects of social distancing and other public health interventions used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - May 4, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Growing Evidence About the Effects of Gun Policies Provides Needed Information for Policy Decisions
Research evaluating the effectiveness of gun policies has surged over the past two years, providing information policymakers and the public need to make sound decisions on policies designed to reduce homicides and injuries while protecting individuals'rights. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 21, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Statement About Paul H. O'Neill
Paul H. O'Neill, a longtime RAND trustee and corporate chief executive who served as President George W. Bush's first secretary of the Treasury, died at the age of 84. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 18, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Russell Shaver, RAND Policy Analyst Who Studied Space Shuttle and Post-9/11 Airport Security, Dies at 83
Russell D. Shaver, a former senior researcher at the RAND Corporation whose work influenced national policy debates on American military defense strategy, the economic feasibility of the early Space Shuttle program, and airport security after the 9/11 attacks, died March 31 in Fort Myers, Florida, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 13, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

$10 Million Gift from Family of Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci to Support Pardee RAND Graduate School
The RAND Corporation has received a $10 million gift from the family of former Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci. The gift will support the Pardee RAND Graduate School, including naming the graduate school deanship. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 9, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Future Quantum Computers May Pose Threat to Today's Most-Secure Communications
Quantum computers that are exponentially faster than any of our current classical computers and are capable of code-breaking applications could be available in 12 to 15 years, posing major risks to the security of current communications systems. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 9, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Creative Measures Needed to Meet Critical Care Demands of COVID-19; RAND Calculator Can Help Health Officials Plan for Patient Surge
Hospitals can prepare for a surge of patients critically ill with COVID-19, but it will require hospital leaders, practitioners and regional officials to adopt drastic measures that challenge the standard way of providing care. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 3, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Report Examines Ways to Compare the U.S. Army's Suicide Rate with the General U.S. Population
The U.S. Army should use an expanded set of demographic factors when comparing suicide rates to those in the general population to get a more accurate comparison. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 13, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

New Space Force Will Need Resources, Clear Definition of Warfighting Mission
To meet the goals of the U.S. Space Force most space activities in the Department of Defense should be moved into the new service. Moreover, it will be critical that the Space Force clearly define and clarify its space warfighting mission. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 13, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Limiting Out-of-Network Payments to Hospitals Could Produce Cost Savings Similar to Single-Payer Options
Placing limits on what hospitals can collect for out-of-network care could yield savings similar to more-sweeping proposals such as Medicare for All or setting global health spending caps. Because such an approach has the possibility to sharply cut hospital revenues, any cap would need to be set carefully as to not overly disrupt hospital operations. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 12, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Corporation Launches $400 Million Campaign
The RAND Corporation has launched a $400 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the organization's history. The effort aims to expand the capacity of RAND and the Pardee RAND Graduate School to develop objective, fact-based policy recommendations and initiatives that communities and societies worldwide can put to use in solving their most urgent problems. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - March 9, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Some Young Americans Aware of New Heated Tobacco Products; Use Is Highest Among Those Who Use Other Tobacco Products or Marijuana
Many younger Americans are aware of new products that heat—but do not burn—tobacco to produce a nicotine-containing aerosol that is inhaled. They are different from vaping products. Individuals who use other tobacco products or marijuana are those most likely to use them. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 17, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

New RAND Center to Analyze Options for U.S. Grand Strategy
RAND is launching the Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy to advance the debate on American foreign policy by tackling key unresolved theoretical, empirical, and policy questions. The center will address analytical gaps so that policymakers may consider fully developed options for U.S. grand strategy. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 12, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Autonomous Vehicle Technology May Improve Safety for U.S. Army Convoys
The technology to make a U.S. Army convoy fully autonomous doesn't exist yet. But Army convoys could be made safer for soldiers by implementing autonomous vehicle technology to reduce the number of service members needed to operate the vehicles. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 12, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Establishes Center to Advance Complementary and Integrative Health Research
RAND has launched the Center for Collaborative Research in Complementary and Integrative Health, a first-of-its-kind effort intended to bolster research expertise and participation at colleges that train practitioners in complementary and integrative health. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 12, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Tackling Staffing and Funding Issues in the NHS Is Necessary for Improvement but Not Enough. To Support a More Sustainable Healthcare Service Innovation Needs to Be Embedded into Its Mindset, Practices and Policy
The NHS could move towards a more sustainable model of healthcare delivery that is fit for purpose if it empowered staff to be able to embrace innovation as a mindset, attitude, culture and practice. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 29, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Further Trade Uncertainty Related to Brexit Could Cost UK Economy Billions
The UK's departure from the EU on January 31, 2020, would only end the first phase of trade uncertainty owing to Brexit. Costs to the UK economy are likely to continue during the UK–EU renegotiation period and will increase over time. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 28, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Burden of Health Care Payments Is Greatest Among Americans with the Lowest Incomes
Higher-income American households pay the most to finance the nation ’ s health care system, but the burden of payments as a share of income is greatest among households with the lowest incomes. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 27, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Medicare Surgical Payments Should Be Updated to Reflect Postoperative Care That Is Actually Provided
Medicare appears to be overpaying surgeons for many medical procedures. Federal officials should incorporate ways to more objectively measure the amount of postoperative care surgeons provide to patients. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 22, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

The NHS Spends Significantly Less on Pregnancy-Related Research Compared with Other Health Conditions
The National Health Service spends significantly less on pregnancy-related research compared with other health conditions. Funding for pregnancy research totaled£255 million from 2013 to 2017, or about£51 million a year. As pregnancy care costs the NHS£5.8 billion annually, this means that for every£1 spent on pregnancy care, less than 1 penny is spent on research. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 14, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Changes in Funding, Finance Policies Could Help U.S. Airports Prepare for Future Demand
Changes in federal policies could help ensure U.S. commercial airports are able to draw on sufficient and stable sources of revenue to maintain existing capacity, accommodate growth and support a safe, sustainable national airspace system in the coming decades. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 14, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND to Launch National School District Survey Panel for Better Understanding of District Policy and Practice
The RAND Corporation is launching a first-of-its-kind national survey panel of school districts and charter management organizations. RAND will collaborate with three groups—the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Chiefs for Change and Kitamba—to develop and deploy the American School District Panel (ASDP). It will be the first nationally representative, longitudinal panel of school districts across the United States. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 9, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

More Than Half of Those in Mental Health Unit at L.A. Jail Could Be Diverted to Community Programs
More than 3,300 people in the mental health population of the Los Angeles County Jail are appropriate candidates for diversion into programs where they would receive community-based clinical services rather than incarceration. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - January 7, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Pentagon's Ambitious Vision and Strategy for AI Not Yet Backed by Sufficient Visibility or Resources
The U.S. Department of Defense has articulated an ambitious vision and strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center as the focal point, but the DoD has yet to provide the JAIC with the visibility, authorities and resource commitments needed to scale AI and its impact across the department. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 17, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Federal Disability Payments Encourage More Caregiving Assistance from Family Members
Federal disability benefits can lead to increases in other support for beneficiaries, such as in-kind assistance from adult children. They also increase the likelihood that children are paid for their in-kind assistance and enable children who provide that assistance to reduce the amount that they work. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 10, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

One-Third of Americans Use News Sources They Consider Less Reliable
One-third of Americans rely on news platforms they acknowledge are less reliable, mainly social media and peers. The other two-thirds of the public consider their primary news sources trustworthy, mainly print news and broadcast television. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 10, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Statement About Paul Volcker
RAND notes with profound regret the death Paul Volcker, the legendary former chairman of the Federal Reserve who became a strong advocate for public service. Volcker was a generous supporter of RAND and served on RAND's board of trustees. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 9, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

District-Level, Real-Time Crime Centers Can Help Police Reduce Crime Levels
District-level police crime centers that use technology such as remote cameras and analytic tools to support commanders'strategic decisionmaking may be able to help reduce crime. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - December 4, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Opening Medicare to Americans Aged 50 to 64 Would Cut Their Insurance Costs, But Drive Up Insurance Prices for Younger People
Opening Medicare to Americans aged 50 to 64 would lower health care premiums for the group, but also drive up costs for younger people who buy health insurance on exchanges created under the federal Affordable Care Act. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 18, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Policies That Punish Pregnant Women for Substance Use Are Linked to Higher Rates of Newborns Experiencing Opioid Withdrawal
State policies that impose punitive action against pregnant women who use illicit substances are associated with higher rates of infants being born with opioid withdrawal. This suggests that policymakers should instead focus on public health approaches that bolster prevention and expand access to treatment. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 13, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Capacity Limits in Australian Health Care System Could Delay Widespread Access to a Future Alzheimer's Treatment
As in other countries, the Australian health care system has limited capacity to rapidly move a future treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into wide clinical use, which could leave thousands of older people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - November 11, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Americans Have More Free Time Than Generally Recognized; Study Suggests Lack of Leisure Time Is Not a Barrier to Physical Activity
Americans average more than five hours of free time each day, with men generally having a bit more than women. But instead of being physically active during that time, they spend most of it looking at screens. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 28, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Corporation Will Lead Effort to Measure Success of California Census Participation Effort
The RAND Corporation will lead a project to measure the success of California's unprecedented efforts to get the state's residents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 21, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Hostile Social Manipulation by Russia and China a Growing but Poorly Understood Threat
With the role of information warfare in global strategic competition becoming much more apparent, a new RAND Corporation report delves into better defining and understanding the challenge facing the United States by focusing on the hostile social manipulation activities of the two leading users of such techniques: Russia and China. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 4, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

U.S. Deaths Involving Synthetic Opioids Are Unprecedented; Policymakers Must Pursue Innovative Strategies to Reverse Tide
The U.S. overdose crisis worsened dramatically with the arrival of synthetic opioids like fentanyl—now responsible for tens of thousands of deaths annually—and the problem requires innovative new strategies because the epidemic is unlike others that have struck the nation. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 29, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Americans' Spending on Illicit Drugs Nears $150 Billion Annually; Appears to Rival What Is Spent on Alcohol
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine by Americans reached nearly $150 billion in 2016, with a large proportion of spending coming from the small share of people who use drugs on a daily or near-daily basis. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 20, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

California Rules to Limit Surprise Medical Bills Are Working, but Influence Insurer-Provider Bargaining
A California law that limits the size of bills from out-of-network physicians for care delivered in hospitals appears to be protecting patients'financial liability. But it has shifted bargaining leverage in favor of insurance plans and had potential unintended consequences. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 12, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Award-Winning Haaretz Journalist Amos Harel Named RAND Visiting Israel Fellow
Amos Harel, senior defense correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has been named the 2019-2020 visiting Israel Fellow at the RAND Corporation. The fellowship is part of the Israel Program, within the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, addressing domestic socioeconomic and foreign policy issues that are critical to Israel's future survival and prosperity for all its citizens. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 12, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Follow the Money: How the United States Can Counteract the Islamic State's Plans for a Comeback
With the end of its territorial caliphate, the Islamic State will almost certainly attempt a comeback. Such efforts will require money. A new RAND report examines the group as an insurgency and a self-styled caliphate, with a focus on how the group managed its finances, drawing from the literature, the group's documents, and interviews with individuals who lived under the caliphate. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 8, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Sports Participation Gap Exists Between Youth from Lower-Income and Middle-Income Families
Lower-income parents are less likely than their higher-income counterparts to involve their children in youth sports because of obstacles such as rising costs of these extracurricular activities. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - July 18, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Child Psychiatry Telephone Consultation Programs Help Increase Mental Health Services for Children
Telephone hotlines that allow primary care doctors to immediately consult with a child psychiatrist about urgent patient problems appear to increase the number of children who receive aid, offering one strategy to help more children receive mental health services. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - July 15, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Parents Who Provide Financial Assistance to Unemployed Adult Children Curb Food Consumption, Work More, and Decrease Retirement Savings
Parents who financially help their unemployed adult children offset such costs by adjusting their behavior, particularly by spending less money on food, working more, and reducing retirement savings. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - July 8, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

RAND Corporation Announces Korea Policy Chair
Political scientist Ji-Young Lee will be the inaugural holder of the Korea Policy Chair at RAND in September. She will manage a research agenda on Korea's international security relations, mentor Korea studies scholars, and build partnerships with Korean research institutes. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 27, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Social Marketing Campaign Focused on Reducing Mental Illness Stigma May Have Increased Use of Services by Those in Need
People who recalled seeing or hearing aspects of a social marketing campaign in California intended to reduce stigma about mental health issues were more likely to seek treatment for their symptoms of mental distress than those who did not recall the campaign. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 26, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Young Adults Who Live Near Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Use Marijuana More Often, Have More-Positive Views
Young adults who live in neighborhoods with more medical marijuana dispensaries use marijuana more frequently than their peers and have more-positive views about the drug. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 17, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Smaller City Effort to Aid Chronically Homeless Has Success, Cuts Use of Municipal Services
Creating a municipally funded team to provide intensive services to chronically homeless people who use a large amount of public services can help the individuals get off the streets, while also reducing spending on services such as police services and emergency medical care. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 5, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Lack of Sleep May Increase Likelihood of Teens Engaging in Risky Behaviors
Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - June 3, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news