September 18, 2013

Research, Initiatives and Consulting

Hair Care or Health Care?

The spring 2013 Consumer Health Care Opinion survey was released by Altarum’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care, focusing on customer loyalty for health care services. A parallel comparison asked about hair care loyalty. Asked if they could only keep one (their barber or their doctor), one-third of those reporting poor service would chose to keep their hairdresser! Find more information on the study or contact Wendy Lynch.

A Better Life for Those with HIV/AIDS

On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act, modernizing laws and creating a safer environment for people living with HIV/AIDS. Included in the amendment were recommendations submitted by a panel on HIV Disclosure led by Antigone Dempsey, Director of Altarum’s HIV and Sexual Health Coordinating Center.  Please contact Ms. Dempsey for more information.

Health Economics Symposium

On July 30, Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending held its 3rd annual symposium on U.S. health care spending, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The emphasis was on the Federal budget, national health expenditures, and long-run growth predictions, and it included a “rock star” panel of budget experts and health economists. See the presentations from this meeting, read some great media coverage of this topic here and here, or contact Paul Hughes-Cromwick for more information.

Publications & Resources

Recovery Is…?

September is National Recovery Month, and Altarum’s Access to Recovery (ATR) team is celebrating with several exciting initiatives to get the word out that recovery is possible and that ATR is making a difference! Find tips, tools, and information at Altarum’s Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, or contact Stephanie Burres.


Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) engaged four communities nationwide to develop MediCaring4LIFE (Local Improvements for Frail Elders), a $30-million application to the CMS Innovation Center that would save Medicare dollars (at a 2:1 return on investment) while making the lives of frail elders better by improving health services and coordinating social supports. Awards are to be announced early next year. Also, Center Director Joanne Lynn addressed the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission about the needs of frail elders. For more information, please contact Joanne Lynn.

Visit Our Health Policy Blog

What does the Farm Bill mean for public health? Where is health care spending headed? What’s next for the growing number of elders in America? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Altarum’s Health Policy Forum.

News & Events

Dignity or Disaster?

Join Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness as we look at the national strategy to strengthen and streamline health care, especially the distinct priorities and preferences for the frail elder population. This Roundtable event will take place on September 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. For more information, please click here.


Congratulations to Anne Montgomery from Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness for receiving this year’s National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Public Policy Award and the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (NASOP) Hollis Turnham Advocacy Award.  Both honor Anne’s tremendous contributions to national long-term care policy.

And congratulations also to University of Michigan Professor Lutgard Raskin who received the Altarum Institute/ERIM Russell O’Neal Endowed Professorship given to scholars of national and often international stature who have earned a highly distinguished record of teaching, researching, and publishing.

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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.