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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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.

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.



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