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Paths to Sustainable Health Care Spending Require Attention to Long-Term Services and Supports

July 11, 2017

In the U.S. and around the globe, longevity on a mass scale is posing new challenges for health care systems.

The Payment Reform Landscape: Is The Debate Over Retrospective Versus Prospective Bundled Payments A Distraction?

June 23, 2017

Let’s put aside the discussion of prospective versus retrospective and continue to experiment with various ways to implement bundled payment—a method that has real potential to improve quality and reduce spending.

Helping Clinicians Tackle the Opioid Crisis with More Effective Prescribing Practices

May 19, 2017

Altarum’s Health Innovations and Technical Assistance (HITA) team has developed a comprehensive program to tackle this issue at the source—by furnishing clinicians with the knowledge and tools necessary to foster responsible opioid prescribing, improving patient education around opioid use, and providing technical assistance to promote use of prescription drug monitoring programs.

Expanded Coverage Has Pushed Health Services Employment Up by Roughly 240,000 Jobs

April 12, 2017

This blog provides the best estimate of the total number of additional health jobs that are attributable to the expansion in health insurance coverage that began in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

What’s Behind 2.5 Million New Health Jobs?

March 22, 2017

The remarkable performance of the health sector in continuing to create jobs through the recession and recovery has garnered much attention over the past few years.

Beyond Volunteer Work, Bridging Health Fairs to Community Dentists

February 23, 2017

Led by a dedicated Altarum team, the transformation of oral health is currently underway in Michigan, thanks to the Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP). Dental disease is the most common chronic disease among children—and it is also entirely preventable.

Can an Integrative Health and Wellness Strategy Lead Colorado to Become the Nation’s Healthiest State?

February 14, 2017

In May of 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared his commitment to make Colorado the nation’s healthiest state.

Integrative Medicine and Health After the ACA: No Repeal and Replace for Chronic Pain and Illness

February 7, 2017

Integrative Medicine and Health After the ACA: No Repeal and Replace for Chronic Pain and Illness

City Living = Active, Healthy Lifestyles? Maybe Not for All

January 31, 2017

There is a standard set of urban planning tips for communities looking to reduce childhood obesity and increase physical activity: build your neighborhoods on a connected grid pattern, install and maintain sidewalks, and provide access to public transit and parks within walking distance.

A Toolbox for Clinical Trials

January 26, 2017

Managing clinical trials is a complex endeavor and an uncharted territory for many new clinical investigators.

Ready or Not? Let’s Stop Being Caught Off-Guard When Public Health Emergencies Strike

January 12, 2017

Health emergencies disrupt the lives of millions of Americans and cost the country billions of dollars each year.

Closing the Referral Loop: Communication via Michigan’s Dental Registry

January 10, 2017

Altarum has recently launched a public health Web application, Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDR℠), aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.

Rising Deductibles Are Not Yet a Financial Burden, but Early Evidence Shows an Impact on Access to Care

December 15, 2016

Rising Deductibles Are Not Yet a Financial Burden, but Early Evidence Shows an Impact on Access to Care

Fear of Successful Coding

December 13, 2016

Many primary care physicians do not believe that they can make a reasonable living caring for Medicare beneficiaries.

Helping Patients and Health Care Providers Have “The Talk”

December 6, 2016

Sexuality is a natural part of being human and nearly everyone has at least one sexual relationship during their lifetime.

World AIDS Day: What's Next?

December 1, 2016

December 1 marks the 28th commemoration of World AIDS Day, and while we have progressed through several United States presidential administrations over these 28 years, this one marks a change of great significance.

Men's Health: Men Want to Take More Control

November 30, 2016

The idea that, when it comes to health, men are reckless or clueless fools is a simplistic caricature that has been blown away, hopefully once and for all, by a new very large multinational survey commissioned by Sanofi Consumer Health Care

SmileConnect℠: Focusing on Preventative Dentistry

November 29, 2016

The team of Altarum’s, is focused on providing free oral healthcare resources and services to children across Michigan.

FDA Hopes to Clarify Use of the Term Healthy on Food Products

November 22, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started a public process to redefine use of the term “healthy” on food product labels.

The Great American Smokeout

November 17, 2016

This week is the 40th anniversary of the launch of what is possibly the most successful, long-running public health campaign in history. Any guesses?