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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At Last: The Data To Routinely Discuss Health Spending By Medical Condition

February 5, 2016

In a paper from the January 2015 issue of Health Affairs, Abe Dunn and colleagues from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) introduce readers to their innovative new Health Care Satellite Account (HCSA) and use the data to provide insights about the recent slowdown in health spending growth rates.

ICD-9 to ICD-10: Benefits and Challenges of the Transition

February 4, 2016

The recent switch to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) from ICD-9 on October 1, 2015, in the United States has been beneficial yet challenging.

Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month: Protecting Smiles in Michigan

February 2, 2016

Too many of Michigan’s children experience a highly preventable dental disease known as early childhood caries (ECC) – tooth decay among children younger than 6 years of age.

Making Great Even Better

January 28, 2016

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is one of the premier public health programs in the United States.

Veterans Reintegration: A Critical Concern for Military Health and Well-Being

January 26, 2016

While most men and women who serve in the military adjust well to civilian life following service, a significant minority experience at least some difficulty making the transition.

Minority Women with HIV or AIDS May Suffer From Violence at the Hands of Intimate Partners, Delaying Necessary Treatment

January 21, 2016

Although the U.S. has made progress in identifying and treating HIV and the late symptoms of the infection, AIDS, women are a growing risk group that suffer from the illness and face barriers in seeking and receiving care.

Digital Childhood: Realistic Screen Time Limits for Children

January 19, 2016

This past fall, an announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) indicated that the venerable organization was considering modifying its screen time standards for children.

Millions of Americans Need Hearing Aids. Why Don’t They Have Them?

January 14, 2016

Most of us have a relative or friend who could benefit from hearing aids.

From Hospital to Home: The Missing Element in Discharge Planning

January 7, 2016

One of the hallmarks of the 21st century—increased longevity of the population—will increasingly drive federal, state, and local health care programs to focus on optimizing coordination of services across a range of medical care and community services providers. Discharge planning will play a central role in these efforts, particularly discharge to home.

What’s a Central IRB?

January 5, 2016

In clinical research, an institutional review board (IRB) is the group or committee responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of human subjects participating in a study.

Gun Control and Mental Health: How School-Based Mental Health Programs Can Help Address Early Signs of Violent Behavior

December 17, 2015

As a health care consultant, I am fortunate to have close friends who work directly in the health field. Because my best friend is a mental health professional, our conversations often revolve around issues ranging from personal health to public health.

Setting the Bar

December 16, 2015

Is it idealistic to want older adults to get the best possible medical treatment? If our health care system is not doing a good job in this regard, is it appropriate to set a low bar for improvement?

Auld Lang Syne: Let’s Raise a Toast to Prevention

December 16, 2015

‘Tis the season of giving, but it appears that prevention is not on the holiday gift list.

Dietary Reference Intake Values Should Reflect Current Science

December 15, 2015

The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are nutrient-specific reference values set by Expert Committees of the National Academy of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB).

Generation Indigenous—A Reason to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

December 10, 2015

I grew up hearing that what we do today will affect us for seven generations into the future. As a child, I neither understood nor appreciated the power of that statement, which I heard endlessly from my grandmothers and aunties.

The Impact Of New Hepatitis C Drugs On National Health Spending

December 8, 2015

Those who follow Altarum Institute’s monthly health sector briefs and trend reports are well aware that the five-year run of record low growth rates in national health spending (from 2009 through 2013) has come to an end, or at least been interrupted.

Telemedicine: Using Remote Monitoring to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 8, 2015

One of the biggest aims of telemedicine in hospitals today is to reduce the rate of readmissions. Hospitals have a major incentive: If they don't reduce preventable 30-day readmissions, they stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue.

Transparency in Health Care: How Did We Get Here, and What’s Next?

December 3, 2015

Transparency in health care may seem like an oxymoron, but it is a trend that has become inevitable.

World AIDS Day: The Time to Act Is Now

December 1, 2015

December 1 marks the 27th annual observance of World AIDS Day.

Animating Information, Animating Our Audience

November 24, 2015

The challenge for health communicators is to convey complex health information quickly, clearly, and accurately. Palladian Partners has developed a variety of ways to do that, including written text, video interviews, and infographics.

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