Small-Group Session

Preview of RAND Health's COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts) Initiative
November 21, 2008


Sally Coberly, PhD


As they consider health reform proposals in 2009, policymakers will need information about the impacts of various options on coverage, spending, quality, and other outcomes. In anticipation of the coming debates, RAND Health has developed a Web-based tool to help assess health reform options. This small-group meeting offered a preview of the COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts) initiative. Beth McGlynn, associate director of RAND Health and co-director of the COMPARE initiative, introduced participants to the evaluation framework underpinning the Web site, discussed the capabilities of the new microsimulation model, and reviewed results for several policy options related to coverage expansions. The RAND COMPARE Web site will be publicly launched in mid-January 2009.


Beth McGlynn, PhD, Associate Director, RAND Health and Co-Director of the COMPARE initiative

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