Health Policy Forum

Altarum Institute’s Health Policy Forum offers a neutral setting for discussion and consideration of health-related issues facing our nation.  Authors represent leading thinkers in health research, policy, and advocacy and include Altarum staff members and guest contributors who provide insightful, fact-based commentary and analysis regarding a range of health care topics. The site reaches a diverse audience of roughly 4,000 visitors from academia, government, industry, and health-related fields.

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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 SmileConnect.org, 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?

Voices of Double Up in America: New Storytelling Series

November 16, 2016

An enormous amount of social capital and good spirit goes into bringing healthy food incentive programs to life every day, in communities across America.

Patient Satisfaction: A Key Factor in Healthcare Performance Assessment

November 15, 2016

Patient experience is an important indicator in assessing hospital and clinic performance.

Honor Veterans by Making the Connections to Serve Them Better

November 10, 2016

Honor Veterans by Making the Connections to Serve Them Better

Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration: Symposium Summary

November 7, 2016

It would be a vast understatement to say that the excitement is building toward the U.S. presidential election and down ballot results. While health care policy was not a prime focus during the election season, it has garnered attention recently, especially with Affordable Care exchange premium increases.

New Center For Ethics In Health Care: Aiming To Make A Difference Through Systems Change

October 20, 2016

Historically, the field of bioethics has focused much attention on ethical issues raised by the latest advances in medical science.

Measuring What Really Matters

October 18, 2016

Not everything that is important for a person’s health can be measured and not everything that can be measured in health care is important to the average person.

Confluence in Waiting: CMS, Alternative Payment Models and Integrative Healthcare

October 13, 2016

Among its peculiarities, Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act – which prohibits health insurers from discriminating against licensed providers -- draws its language from the 1995 law that established the Medicare Advantage program.

A Quiet Revolution in Health Care in a Digital Era

October 6, 2016

The whole American political spectrum shares two goals: lower health care spending and better health care delivery.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Challenges and Communities of Color

October 4, 2016

Recently, a young person whom I love and highly respect posted on Facebook that she was done hiding in the shadows about her challenge with a mental health diagnosis.

Local Health Funders are Policy Change Agents

September 29, 2016

When people reflect on how philanthropy influences public policy, they often focus on highly visible, multi-million dollar, national advocacy efforts, such as the Gates Foundation’s investments in education reform or Atlantic Philanthropies’ role in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research

September 27, 2016

NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research

SmileConnect℠: Leveraging Untapped Resources to Address Children’s Oral Health Disparities Nationwide

September 15, 2016

Tooth decay affects more children than any other chronic disease, with children from the lowest socioeconomic groups impacted at a significantly higher rate.

One of the Biggest Challenges Workers Face While On the Job? Caregiving at Home

September 13, 2016

Two out of every five adults are the family caregiver of a loved one – that is tens of millions of family caregivers across the country.

Innovators vs Exploiters: Drug Pricing And The Future Of Pharma

September 8, 2016

As always happens during public crises around drug pricing, plenty of finger-pointing and pharma-bashing ensued. Politicians tweeted. Biopharma stocks fell. It’s an annual ritual, it seems, that brings out the same arguments and same outcomes.

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