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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The Expected Impact of Expanded Coverage on Health Care Utilization and Spending

December 19, 2014

The expansion of coverage to some 10 million individuals in 2014 has implications for the growth rate in national health expenditures and on health workforce requirements.

Making Health Care Innovate like IT

December 18, 2014

Why has health care lagged so far behind information technology in terms of innovation?

Protecting Hospitals That Improve Population Health

December 16, 2014

The Medicare Readmission Reduction Program (MRRP) encourages hospitals to reduce readmissions within 30 days of discharge by imposing substantial financial penalties on hospitals with more readmissions than would be expected if the same patients were discharged from an average hospital.

Is Healthcare Transparency Stuck in the Dark Ages?

December 11, 2014

As the quality and cost transparency movements gain support within the healthcare industry, a more important question persists: what will actually work for consumers?

Medicaid Expansion Does Not Appear to Explain the Recent Acceleration in Health Sector Job Growth

December 11, 2014

As my colleagues and I at Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending have observed in our recent Health Sector Economic IndicatorsSM Labor Briefs, health sector job growth has accelerated during 2014.

The Latest Research on Early Term Elective Deliveries in Medicaid

December 9, 2014

A new study from Health Affairs examines the role that state Medicaid programs are playing in reducing the number of early-term elective deliveries.

Insights on Population Health Improvement

December 4, 2014

Conference season is upon us. This year, we welcomed a new kid on the block: the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Listening with the “Third Ear”: Cultural Confidence and Health Care

December 2, 2014

During the month of November, Native American Heritage Month, we celebrated the histories and cultures of the Nation’s First People.

Spreading the Word About Diabetes

November 25, 2014

Diabetes is a reality every day of the year for more than 25 million Americans.

Raising Awareness of Childhood Diabetes for National Diabetes Month

November 25, 2014

November is National Diabetes Month and stakeholders across the country are working to bring awareness to the causes of diabetes and ways to prevent and manage the disease. One common misconception is that diabetes is only a disease of older adults caused by obesity and poor diet.

Defining the Business Case for Targeted Care Coordination

November 20, 2014

Therefore, the critical question is this: How can health plans become more person centered by using different analytic tools to understand and meet the needs of their vulnerable populations while maintaining a return on investment?

What Is Population Health?

November 18, 2014

The term “population health” seems to mean many different things to different people. For providers, a population may mean their panel of patients.

Celebrating the Heritage of the Nation’s First People: Protecting Our Women

November 13, 2014

Statistics related to these abuses against women are shocking and paradoxical to the historical beliefs of indigenous people regarding the value of women to the growth of the nation, tribe, and community

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding: On the Cusp of Big Changes, Time to Step It Up

November 11, 2014

Given our understanding that optimal breastfeeding reduces infant mortality, access to hospitals that promote and support breastfeeding is especially important for Detroit, where the infant mortality rate—15 deaths in the first year for every 1,000 live births—remains more than two and a half times the national average and is even higher among Detroit’s African-American community.

Implicit Bias and Why it Matters

November 6, 2014

Whether it is an emergency room triage nurse, a social worker making recommendations on a child’s welfare, or a community health worker trying desperately to help someone get the support that they need, our unconscious perceptions matter.

Ageism and Today’s Healthcare Challenge

November 4, 2014

Several years ago, one of my delightful and independent 93-year-old patients had chest pain while in my office.

Fighting Epidemics with Food

October 30, 2014

The deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to spread, despite heroic efforts on the part of health-care workers.

The Impact of IMPACT

October 28, 2014

The world of Medicare post-acute care (PAC), which as a general rule covers the 90-day period following hospitalization, is set to change.

Why Must Consumers Wait 3 More Years to Compare Hospice Providers?

October 28, 2014

How, where, and under what circumstances we die could be the most personal decisions that we will make in our lives.

Persistence Pays: Why Psychologists Should Continue to Push for Prescription Rights

October 23, 2014

Since I last wrote about making the case for prescription rights for psychologists, another state has bitten the proverbial dust, so to speak.



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