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Altarum’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care and the American Hospice Foundation Awarded Grant to Study Consumer Preferences Around Decisions for Hospice Care

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October 23, 2012

Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care (CCCHC) has been awarded a one-year $328,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study consumer preferences related to quality measures for hospice care during challenging end-of-life transitions.

Institute Update - October 2012

Institute Update


October 15, 2012

Altarum Institute Update - October 2012

Handbook for Mortals Highlights Tough Decisions for Families Facing End of Life Care; Wins National Award

Press Release


October 12, 2012

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illnesses, partially funded by Altarum Institute, received a book award in the health care consumer category at last week’s American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) annual conference in Sacramento, Calif. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

August Health Spending Grows by Only 3.8 Percent But Hospital Prices Jump

Press Release


October 12, 2012

National health expenditures in August 2012 grew by 3.8 percent relative to August 2011, equaling the July rate, and representing the fourth consecutive month of below 4 percent growth.

October Health Spending Growth Heads Lower

Press Release


October 10, 2012

October 2011, down two-tenths from the September rate, and representing the sixth consecutive month of below 4 percent growth.

Pathways Newsletter - October 2012

Pathways Partner News


October 5, 2012

The Pathways Newsletter is a service of Altarum Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. Altarum integrates independent research and client-centered consulting to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care.

July Health Spending Growth Up To 4.2 Percent But Moderate Trend Persists

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September 13, 2012

National health expenditures in July 2012 grew by 4.2 percent relative to July 2011, up from the 3.9 percent growth rate observed in June, but still representing a historically moderate trend rate.

Altarum Institute Receives Grant to Assess Impact of Prevention Efforts on Health Care Costs

Press Release


September 11, 2012

Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending has been awarded a planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to begin developing an analytical framework for assessing the value of prevention and its impact on health care costs and the social determinants of health. The long-term goal of this work is to identify a methodology by which policy and decision makers across the nation can make more informed decisions about investments that promote health and prevent disease and their downstream impact on health care costs.

National Leader On Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Joins Altarum

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September 10, 2012

Michael Botticelli, M.Ed., one of the nation’s leading experts on behavioral health, has accepted an appointment as Senior Advisor to Altarum Institute’s Behavioral Health Center.

Growth in June Health Spending Falls Below 4 Percent, 2011 Spending Revised Upward

Press Release


August 9, 2012

National health expenditures in June 2012 grew by 3.9 percent relative to June 2011, down from the 4.2 percent growth rate observed in May, after incorporating the effects of major government updates.

Downward Bend in Health Care Cost Curve Pre-Dates 2007 Recession

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August 9, 2012

An article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that a downward bend in the health care cost curve is not simply the result of the recession which began in December 2007, and the subsequent weak recovery.

Health Spending Grows by Only 3.8 Percent in May

Press Release


July 12, 2012

Health spending in May 2012 grew by a modest 3.8 percent compared to May 2011, continuing a trend of roughly 4 percent annual growth since 2009. Health care prices in May 2012 were 2.0 percent higher than in May 2011, ticking up a tenth from April. On a 12-month moving average basis, price growth is lower now than at any time since January 1999.

Pathways Newsletter - July 2012

Pathways Partner News


July 11, 2012

The Pathways Newsletter is a service of Altarum Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. Altarum integrates independent research and client-centered consulting to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care.

Institute Update - July 2012

Institute Update


July 1, 2012

Altarum Institute Update - July 2012

Likely to Be Fourth Consecutive Year of Historically Low Growth in Health Spending

Press Release


June 7, 2012

New data on health spending suggests the nation is in a fourth consecutive year of historically low growth, continuing a trend of roughly 4 percent growth since 2009

Health Employment a Bright Spot in Disappointing Jobs Report

Press Release


June 4, 2012

Health care job growth was the major bright spot in an otherwise disappointing jobs report for May. Health care employment rose by 33,000 jobs in May 2012, well above the 24-month average of 25,000.

Health Job Growth Slows in April, But Spending and Prices Remain Stable

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May 10, 2012

Health care job growth slowed in April, with just 19,000 new jobs created compared to the 24-month average of 24,000 jobs. Prior to April, job growth for the first quarter of 2012 was 97,000,

February Health Price Inflation Lowest in 14 Years

Press Release


April 12, 2012

Health care prices rose just 1.8 percent in February 2012, the lowest rate of inflation since April 1998. Price growth for nearly all health categories moderated, especially hospital care and physician services.

Pathways Newsletter - March 2012

Pathways Partner News


March 26, 2012

The Pathways Newsletter is a service of Altarum Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. Altarum integrates independent research and client-centered consulting to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care.

Health Employment Growth at Historic High

Press Release


March 15, 2012

January and February 2012 saw the largest ever two-month increase in health care jobs, with 49,000 new jobs created in February and 43,000 in January.

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