March 16, 2016

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Can Self-Driving Cars Improve Your Health?

Autonomous Vehicle Altarum’s Center for Prevention looks at the possible health benefits of autonomous vehicles at both the community and personal levels. See their story in Health Affairs, or contact Jim Lee for more information.


Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network

Altarum is leading the Michigan arm of the GLPTN, an exciting program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and offered at no cost to providers. Dedicated quality improvement advisors will provide technical assistance, helping clinicians navigate quality reporting requirements and participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System and other value-based payment initiatives. There are only 4,000 spots available for Michigan providers, and enrollment closes in April! Learn more and reserve your spot at or Contact Danielle Vibbert for more information.

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-003 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

Publications and Resources

The Aging Network

Senior at computer Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness has released a report through the National Academy of Social Insurance on the potential for the Aging Network, a community-embedded aggregate of service organizations that provide key social supports to older adults and play a significant role in ongoing discussions of how to improve service delivery in a rapidly aging America. Discuss this and more with CECAI staff at the American Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC, March 20–24, or contact Anne Montgomery.

Is the Health Information Playing Field Level?

A new study from Oliver Wyman and Altarum, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines the health care information needs of vulnerable populations (people with low incomes, the uninsured, non-English speakers, and caregivers) and how the marketplace can make health care information more accessible, enabling more informed health care decisions. For more information, please contact Chris Duke.


Don't SmokeAltarum’s Center for Prevention developed several new resources including a case study on Minnesota’s Ask About Aspirin initiative, a “future of tobacco control” nationwide survey abstract, and aspirin/cancer fact sheets for Consumers and Providers. For more information, please contact David Zauche.


The Latest Health Data

Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending has been busy lately, with three blog posts appearing in Health Affairs alone on hepatitis C drug prices, spending by medical condition, and a widely circulated piece on the costs of Smoking versus obesity, plus a paper on the Center’s novel prevention framework concerning chronic disease. Meet the team at its annual sustainable health spending symposium in Washington, DC, on July 12 (details soon), or contact one of the new Center co-directors, Paul Hughes-Cromwick and Ani Turner.

News and Events

Recognized for Our Veterans Work

VA AwardAltarum’s Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams (MiVCAT) Project was recognized at the National Association of State Directors of the Veterans Administration Mid-Winter Conference in Arlington, Virginia, in February 2016. VA Secretary Robert McDonald presented the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award to Tina Richardson, the deputy director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Project’s sponsor. The award designated the MiVCAT Project as a national best practice improving the systems that support Veterans in Michigan. For more information, contact Max Burke.

Gala Supports the Children’s Inn at NIH

In February, Palladian cosponsored the fifth annual A WINNter Affair gala, benefiting the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Inn provides a place to stay for families with seriously ill children who are participating in studies at the NIH Clinical Center. Palladian President Beth Maloney—a member of the Inn’s Board of Directors—and Senior Meeting Planner Ida Donner helped organize the sold-out gala, and attendees danced the night away for a great cause.

Ethics in Health Care

Altarum announced the foundation of its new Center for Ethics in Health Care. The Center, funded in part by a grant from the Greenwall Foundation, seeks to improve health care by improving ethics programs and practices. For more information, please contact Dr. Ellen Fox.

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Altarum Institute's ( mission is to create a better, more sustainable future for all Americans by applying research-based and field-tested solutions that transform our systems of health and health care. Altarum employs over 400 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine; Silver Spring, MD; Rockville, MD; and Washington, D.C.