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.

Blog Posts

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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.

When Payment Reform Alone is Not Enough: Increasing Use of Preventive Oral Health Services Among Children Enrolled in Medicaid

September 6, 2016

When Payment Reform Alone is Not Enough: Increasing Use of Preventive Oral Health Services Among Children Enrolled in Medicaid

High Costs and Big Promises: Child Care and the 2016 Election

September 1, 2016

During the run-up to a presidential election we expect to hear campaign promises about national security, trade agreements, debt, budget cuts, and other perennial hot topics. This year, however, a seemingly small potatoes topic has emerged: the high cost of child care.

Unintended Consequences

August 30, 2016

How does it feel knowing the clinical decisions our physicians make effect their pocketbook? MIPS, or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, is now the law of the land.

To Improve Medicaid, Measure Everywhere

August 25, 2016

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”

Breastfeeding Policies in the Military: Supporting Moms in Service

August 23, 2016

In August 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin issued The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, a call to employers, health care providers, policymakers, and the public to support mothers in reaching their breastfeeding goals.

'Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford

August 18, 2016

'Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford

Overcoming Lower-Income Patients’ Concerns About Trust And Respect From Providers

August 16, 2016

This blog post is the third in a series discussing how vulnerable segments of the US population interact with and experience the health care system.

Increasing the Agricultural Workforce and Research Funding Critical for 21st Century Challenges

August 11, 2016

It is well-documented that the global population is projected to exceed nine billion people by 2050.

America’s Number One Health Disparity?

August 9, 2016

Behavioral health patients die from tobacco-related diseases at a much higher rate than the general population.

Health Equity Funders: Innovating for Social Change

August 4, 2016

Rising inequality, widening differences in racial perceptions of the country’s direction, and increasing social tension add new urgency to funders’ efforts.

Increased Access to Care Choices

August 2, 2016

As the Baby Boom generation reaches retirement at a rate of 10,000 people per day, and advances in health care and medicine extend our lifespans, American families need more care than ever before. At least 20% of our population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030.

How Uber will Redefine Healthcare

July 28, 2016

My Twitter pal and founding partner of Forthright Health Management, Tom Valenti, wrote in TechCrunch that “there will never be an Uber for healthcare” because “[h]ealthcare is not a transaction business; it is a relationship business.”

Cut Your Employer Costs by Supporting Your Caregiving Employees: You Can’t Afford Not To

July 26, 2016

Family caregiving is today’s issue just as childcare was in the 1980’s. More than 25 million Americans are working at a job and caregiving at home—that’s nearly one out of five workers.

Is an Integrative Medicine Protocol Reversing Alzheimer’s?

July 19, 2016

A quarter century ago a controversial clinical idea burst onto the scene in the form of published research.

Tools to Make the Business Case for Person-Centered Care

July 12, 2016

We all want a high quality, technically correct health care experience. From a population perspective, unnecessary variations in care must be diminished.

#SpacesOfHealth: Aging-in-Place Discussion

July 7, 2016

As our nation’s baby boomer population grows, the concept of “aging in place” is moving front and center.

How Can Pharmacists Help Prevent Falls among Their Older Patients?

July 6, 2016

Every year, one in three older adults will fall and more than two million will be treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries.



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