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Hospitals and Prescription Drugs Leading Health Spending Acceleration

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April 10, 2015

National health spending grew by 5.2% in 2014, and preliminary estimates show 6.6% growth in February 2015 compared to February 2014.

Health Care Spending Up 5.7% in January

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March 13, 2015

Preliminary estimates indicate that national health spending grew by 5.7% in January 2015 compared with January 2014, suggesting that the strong growth in the latter half of 2014 is carrying forward into the new year. Spending on prescription drugs continued its double-digit growth at 11.6%.

Telemedicine Provides Better Care and More Patient Engagement; Challenges Remain

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March 10, 2015

Although recently the subject of vigorous debate and controversy, telemedicine is expanding rapidly in many states.

Hospital Price Growth Drops Below 1% Even as Health Sector Employment Jumps

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February 13, 2015

Health sector employment began 2015 much as it left off in 2014, adding 38,300 new jobs in January 2015, consistent with the 39,000 new jobs per month seen in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Goal of Helping 3,700 Michigan Doctors Achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record Technology Reached

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February 10, 2015

The Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA), Michigan’s Regional Extension Center (REC), has reached its original grant-funded goal of helping 3,724 eligible professionals to Meaningful Use of electronic health record (EHR) technology.

Last Year of Life Getting Tougher for Most, Not Easier, Study Shows

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February 2, 2015

The United States has invested substantially in hospice and palliative care in the last couple of decades, but a nationally representative survey published February 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that patients’ experiences in the last year of life are getting worse.

Pathways Newsletter - January 2015

Pathways Partner News


January 29, 2015

HEPA Y-USA - Early Elective Deliveries - Medicaring Infographic

Health Sector Employment Surge Intensifies

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January 16, 2015

Health sector employment ended 2014 with a bang as it added 34,100 new jobs in December 2014 and saw upward revisions of 17,800 in October and November.

Medicare’s Measure for Readmissions Fails to Identify Excellence and Improvement

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December 16, 2014

Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness today released data showing that San Diego County is doing much better than the national average at reducing readmissions to hospitals, yet nearly all their eligible hospitals are being penalized by Medicare’s hospital readmissions penalty program.

Predicted Acceleration in Health Care Services Spending Finally Emerges

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December 12, 2014

The Quarterly Services Survey (QSS), released on December 10, showed 5.4% growth in spending on health care services in the third quarter of 2014 (July – September) compared with the same quarter in 2013.

Consumers Stuck with Medical Bills For Treatments They Don’t Remember Getting

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December 9, 2014

According to a new study, 4 out of 10 people received unexpected medical bills, and half of them never received a good explanation for why it happened. In addition, for 13% of the people with unexpected medical bills, insurance didn’t cover anything leaving some consumers with the full cost of care.

Consumers Will Choose Safer Hospitals 97% of the Time, Regardless of Cost

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December 2, 2014

According to a new study, when patients are shown Hospital Safety Score grades and cost information together, consumers will choose safer hospitals 97% of the time, regardless of cost.

Health Care Jobs Continue Faster Growth - Will Spending on Health Care Services Follow?

Press Release


November 12, 2014

Health care gained a solid 24,500 jobs in October 2014, similar to the 26,000 average from the previous two quarters, and well above the 17,500 average for the 12 months ending in March 2014.

Pathways Newsletter - October 2014

Pathways Partner News


October 22, 2014

Diagnosing Radiation Exposure - Support for Veterans Starts in the Community - Making Childbirth Safer for Navy Moms and Babies

Health Care Job Growth Up 50 Percent

Press Release


October 10, 2014

Health care added 22,600 jobs in September. Combined with very strong August growth and upward revisions to July, the 6-month average job gain now sits at 26,000, about 50% higher than the 17,500 average over the previous 12 months ending in March 2014.

Advocates Applaud Congress and President for Funding Much Needed Improvements in Nursing Home Staffing Information

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October 6, 2014

Because research shows there is a strong relationship between staffing in nursing homes and quality of care, consumers and their families need real-time, reliable information about the number and type of staff in order to make informed decisions when choosing a nursing home

The “Caregiver Corps” and Volunteering for Your Country: A Great Intergenerational Opportunity

Press Release


September 18, 2014

Today the Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) and Caregiver Action Network (CAN) congratulated Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and colleagues for introducing the Caregiver Corps Act of 2014.

Growth in Health Spending Exceeds 4%, Driven by Prescription Drugs

Press Release


September 18, 2014

Health spending in July 2014 grew 4.3% over July 2013, bringing the year-to-date increase to 4.4%.

New Roadmap for End-of-Life Care

Press Release


September 17, 2014

Americans express strong views when asked about the care that they want to receive when they are dying

Institute Update - September 2014

Institute Update


September 17, 2014

Altarum Institute Update e-Newsletter September 2014

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