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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Half of Older Adults in U.S. Now Take Aspirin — Should You?

May 28, 2015

Aspirin is a remarkable drug, but its current use is not without some controversy.

Three Ways Health Care Can Transform the Food System

May 27, 2015

The next time that you order food in a hospital, you may not recognize where you are.

Creating a “One-Stop Shop” for Translational Sciences

May 26, 2015

“You can’t eat a paper.” That’s an obvious—if not odd—statement. But those 5 little words demonstrate the enormous challenge that NIH committed to addressing with the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in December 2011.

Just How Dysfunctional Is Frail Elder Care in the U.S.?

May 19, 2015

Very, very dysfunctional. You need evidence? Try these two tales.

Have You SEEN Your Options? Focusing Consumerism on Safe, Effective, Economical, Necessary Choices.

May 7, 2015

Consumerism is still not the norm. Despite a significant transition toward high-deductible plans, broader availability of price and quality information, and efforts by many large employers to provide decision tools, fully-informed, in-control consumers are the exception.

You Get What You Pay For

May 5, 2015

It should not be surprising that how we pay for a service can drive how those services are delivered.

Steampunk Regulation, Medical Technology, and the IT Revolution

April 30, 2015

Regulation as we think of it is an artifice of the 20th century (plus a few years on either end)

Eight Top Issues for Health Funders in 2015

April 28, 2015

As the professional association for health philanthropy, Grantmakers In Health is in contact with hundreds of health foundations and corporate giving programs across the country.

Final Adventure of the Geriatric Doctor-In-Law

April 23, 2015

Basically my wife Robin’s mum Liz and dad Nigel became quite frail over the last several years, at roughly the same time, with all sorts of health, psychological, and general care problems.

High-Deductible Plans Bring Lower Costs Now, But Will They Bring Pricey Problems?

April 14, 2015

Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn’t pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You’re a foot soldier who’s been drafted in the war against high health costs.

USDA Funding Grows Healthy Food Incentive Programming Nationwide

April 7, 2015

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $31 million in funding to support healthy food incentive projects in communities nationwide.

What’s New in Health Care Cost Transparency?

April 2, 2015

Health care costs continue to increase each year and often vary widely from hospital to hospital.

Affordable Care Act Déjà Vu: Where the ACA is Today and How SCOTUS Can Change it Tomorrow

March 31, 2015

This month, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that turns on the interpretation of one of the most influential health care laws passed in the United States, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Clinical Trial Data Sharing: A Framework for Success

March 26, 2015

The numerous stakeholders involved in clinical research (e.g., patients, volunteers, investigators, sponsors, patient advocacy groups) can all agree that data sharing is essential, but it’s hardly routine as a current part of the clinical trial lifecycle.

Perspectives: Leading California’s Long-Term Care System Beyond Ideas to Action

March 24, 2015

In December, California entered another two-year legislative cycle, with almost 40 new lawmakers arriving in Sacramento ready to tackle pressing issues facing our state.

Food For Thought: Think Teeth

March 17, 2015

Being a parent or caregiver can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to ensuring your children are healthy, equipped for learning, and achieving their potential.

A New Strategy to Narrow Health Disparities: Humanizing eHealth

March 12, 2015

Today, 59 percent of people over the age of 65 are online, but they often reject using the Web for their health care, opting for more traditional face-to-face or over-the-phone “low-technology” interactions with their providers.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015, marks the annual national observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This year’s theme is “Our Voices: Personal experiences of caregivers, health care providers, and women of all ages living with and fighting HIV/AIDS.”

Financial Frauds against the Elderly

March 5, 2015

A member of my family was a target for criminal fraud a while back. She’s my oldest sibling at 67. She received a telemarketing call announcing her winnings of a free cruise!

Wherefore Art Thou Quality?

March 3, 2015

Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, recently wrote an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about how Medicare is moving toward a “value-based” payment system.



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