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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Building on the Momentum of the Recovery Movement

April 21, 2015

For the first time in history, our country is witnessing a social movement that specifically addresses addiction recovery.

IOM Releases Summary from Future of Home Health Care Workshop

April 16, 2015

The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) recently released a summary for the fall 2014 workshop on the future of home health care, featuring speakers from Altarum Institute

Improving Human Health

April 9, 2015

At any point, Altarum’s 400+ staff are working across the country on more than 120 projects. From San Diego, California, to Portland, Maine, we’re partnering with government, nonprofits, business, and foundations to make real systems change through our research and consulting.

What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve?

March 24, 2015

It has been a while since I last had the opportunity to analyze the slowdown in health spending and the extent to which it represents a lasting bend in the cost curve, as opposed to lingering effects of the “Great Recession or other temporary changes.”

Why Rural Health Matters

March 19, 2015

According to the last Census, almost 19% of the American population lives in a nonmetropolitan area, representing approximately 59 million people.

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.

Rethinking Nutrition Education and Evaluation—Facing New Realities

February 24, 2015

Helping Americans eat smart and maintain a healthy weight is one of the strategic priorities of the U.S.

“Nondiscrimination in Health Care”—States Stepping Up

February 23, 2015

One of the most beguiling components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is Section 2706, “Non-discrimination in health care,” whose provisions direct insurers to end discrimination against all health care providers—and classes of providers, such as acupuncturists—who are licensed in their states but who are still outside the reimbursement system.

The Texas Way

February 19, 2015

If you’ve never been to Texas, it can be hard to understand the depth of pride we Texans have in our state. Some of it is hyperbole (“On the eighth day, God created Texas”), but our history as an economic powerhouse is real. You can’t lead the nation in job growth and new business creation and not feel a swell of pride.

Initial CMS Evaluations of Readmissions Have Serious Flaws

February 17, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has quietly put out two evaluations of the readmissions work– and both documents are remarkable for their failure to evaluate the programs fairly or to provide insights as to what works in what circumstances.

Heart-Healthy Social Media

February 12, 2015

February is American Heart Month, a great time to get people to think about how they can prevent heart disease and stroke.

The Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act Lays the Groundwork for Quality Improvement in Medicaid and CHIP

February 10, 2015

Taken together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover more than one in four Americans, mostly children, pregnant women, seniors, families, and persons with disabilities.

February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month: Chew on This

February 3, 2015

Every February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month.

To Gauge the Health of Your Whole Community, Look to Your Teens

January 29, 2015

The health of teenagers is a powerful signal of the health of an entire community, and also a leading indicator of the future health of that community.

Pass the Peas, Please: The Benefits of Family-Style Meals

January 27, 2015

Parents and teachers share a common desire to make sure that the children in their care get balanced meals with adequate helpings of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and other meal components.

Consumers Have Put More Skin in the Health Game—Now What?

January 22, 2015

A mantra of health economists, policymakers, insurance administrators, and commentators has been that consumers need “more skin in the game” to promote lower health costs and cost growth rates.

Airline-Industry Healthcare

January 20, 2015

Such outrage about awful healthcare! Too many mistakes, too many adverse drug reactions, hospitals making people sick, accidents in the operating room, arrogant doctors, costs going through the roof. What’s the matter? Everyone wants answe



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