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Altarum Poised To Help Michigan Meet 21st Century Challenges

Press Release


February 15, 2012

During the grand opening ceremony of its new headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday, February 6, 2002, Altarum, a world-recognized nonprofit research and innovation institution, established itself as a key partner in helping the state of Michigan accelerate innovation in the 21st Century.

Positive response to new WIC foods in Wisconsin, but some challenges remain, Altarum study reveals

Press Release


February 14, 2012

A new study of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Wisconsin shows that participants overwhelmingly accepted the new foods offered to them through changes to the WIC program. The study was conducted by Michigan-based Altarum Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers WIC.

Health Spending Growth Remains Near Historic Lows

Press Release


February 9, 2012

New analysis shows that health care spending in the U.S. in 2011 grew at one of the slowest rates in 50 years according to the February Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released today by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Health Spending Growth Up In Early 2011 But Trending Toward Record Lows At Year's End

Press Release


January 13, 2012

The January Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released today by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending indicate that over the first 11 months of 2011, health spending has grown at an annual rate of 4.5 percent, compared to the 3.9 percent increase for 2010, which has just been officially released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Pathways Newsletter - December 2011

Pathways Partner News


December 21, 2011

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 Sector Has ‘Quiet’ Month: Price, Spending, Employment Growth All Tick Down

Press Release


December 8, 2011

The December Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released today by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending indicate that October health price inflation, at 1.9 percent, represents a 13-year low; health spending growth in October ticked down to 5.0 percent, and health employment in November exhibited below-average growth of 17,000 jobs.

Health Price Inflation Remains Moderate While Spending Growth Ticks Up Led by Hospitals

Press Release


November 10, 2011

The November Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs from Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending indicate that health price inflation remains flat – up only 2.1 percent in September compared to September 2010 – continuing an 8-month trend of near 2 percent inflation.

Health Spending Growth is Well Below Premium Growth, While Sector Continues to Create Jobs

Press Release


October 13, 2011

The October Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs from Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending indicate that health spending in August grew by 5.0 percent relative to August 2010, matching the annualized growth rate for the first eight months of 2011.

Health Spending Growth is Well Below Premium Growth, While Sector Continues to Create Jobs

Press Release


October 13, 2011

The October Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs from Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending indicate that health spending in August grew by 5.0 percent relative to August 2010, matching the annualized growth rate for the first eight months of 2011.

Altarum Institute Leverages Technology Advances to Aid Service Members with Behavioral Health Challenges

Press Release


October 11, 2011

Altarum Institute has been awarded a contract by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery to study the utility of smart phone technology in the treatment of Wounded Warriors living with behavioral health challenges at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).

AARP Radio Features Dr. Joanne Lynn on Hospice Care

Press Release


September 20, 2011

Physician Joanne Lynn and journalist Eleanor Clift talk about hospice care – what it is, who can benefit, and how to find it, in this segment on AARP Radio.

Pathways Newsletter - September 2011

Pathways Partner News


September 19, 2011

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 Sector Chugs Along in Otherwise Stalled Economy

Press Release


September 12, 2011

According to the September Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs from Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending, the health care spending share of GDP reached an all-time high of 18.2 percent in June 2011.

The Health Spending Share of GDP Reaches 18 Percent

Press Release


August 12, 2011

The health care spending share of GDP reached 18 percent in June 2009 and is now at 18.1 percent according to the August Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Altarum Institute to Evaluate Effectiveness of VA Efforts to Improve Health Care Access For Veterans

Press Release


July 22, 2011

Altarum Institute has been awarded a contract to evaluate the effectiveness of Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home), a Department of Veterans Affairs pilot program that connects eligible veterans to private health care services closer to their homes.

Health Spending Trends Up In 2011 Despite Slow Growth In Health Care Prices

Press Release


July 15, 2011

Health care spending in the first four months of 2011 grew at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, up from 3.9 percent growth in 2010 according to the July Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending

Study Indicates Small Stores Adding Healthy Foods to Their Inventories in Response to Changes in WIC Food Package

Press Release


June 22, 2011

A study funded by Altarum Institute indicates that small stores participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program are adding healthier foods to their inventories, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Health Care Prices Continue Slow Growth in April at 2 Percent Annual Rate

Press Release


June 15, 2011

Health care prices in April 2011 were 2.0 percent higher than in April 2010 – the fourth consecutive month of 2 percent or less growth, according to this month’s Health Sector Economic Indicator report released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Handbook For Mortals Provides Practical, Straight-Forward Advice For Those Dealing With Serious Illness

Press Release


June 13, 2011

Dr. Joanne Lynn is the lead author of the second edition of Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. This new edition of the handbook, first published in 1999, was supported in part by a grant from the nonprofit Altarum Institute.

Altarum Institute Offers Free Care Transitions Search Widget to Improve Transitions in Health Care

Press Release


June 8, 2011

Altarum Institute, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, is offering a custom search widget that will make it easier for community organizations, hospitals, and other health care organizations to improve the continuity of care for their sickest patients.

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