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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Health Costs, But Not Obamacare, Dominate The Future Of Federal Spending

June 29, 2016

From all the political discussion about health care, you’d think that government health policy generally lives or dies by what happens to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Assistant Secretary Greenlee Calls for Stronger Advocacy, Solutions, and “Community-Based Technology

June 28, 2016

On April 26, Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee addressed the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) at its spring policy conference.

The Conundrum of Aspirin

June 23, 2016

Last month, the United States Preventive Services Task Force published a new recommendation on aspirin use—one destined to be met with widespread criticism.

Men's Health Month: Come Chat With Us!

June 21, 2016

Together with many of our community colleagues and, NMAC and Altarum have joined forces to commemorate Men’s Health Month.

The Cost of Cancer Treatment: Is it Skyrocketing or Leveling Off?

June 16, 2016

Last year, the world spent more than $100b on cancer drugs—the equivalent of paying for more than 100 round trips to the moon.

Men's Health Week 2016: Putting Men and Boys on the Map

June 14, 2016

The second Men’s Health Week in the U.K. was launched in London in 2003 in a venue that will seem strange to many U.S. readers—a betting shop.

Mobile Health Apps: From the Personal to the Community

June 9, 2016

No matter what you want to do, there’s an app for that, and health is no exception. With more than 165,000 health-related apps available, mobile health apps, called mHealth apps by some, are already a huge part of the digital market and are poised to grow even more abundant.

Improving Access to Health Care Information for Lower-Income Patients

June 7, 2016

Today’s post is meant to answer the six “Ws” about the process lower-income individuals engage in when seeking health information. We believe this step is an essential element in creating health care solutions that speak to the most acute challenges people are facing.

Should Mind Body Interventions Have the Prevention Status of Vaccines and Drivers Education?

June 2, 2016

First, a story. Nearly 20 years ago, a close colleague in seeking to bring multifactorial integrative practices into conventional medical delivery was Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, ANP-BC, at Harvard Beth-Israel.

Double Up Food Bucks and Hunger

May 31, 2016

The challenges of hunger and food insecurity are complicated in the United States by the seeming paradox of millions of families that are overfed but undernourished.

This Memorial Day We Remember Those Who Gave All

May 26, 2016

To many, Memorial Day is just the first day of summer vacation. It’s the day the swimming pool opens in the local community and neighbors clean up the grill and have the season’s first BBQ.

Nature Bats Last: A Warming Earth Will Exact Adverse Health Effects But Our Responsibilities Are...?

May 25, 2016

This past April 4th, the White House released a report titled, "The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment."

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join Us in Spreading the Word!

May 24, 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are joining forces to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities.

Strengthening Public Trust in Nutrition Science

May 19, 2016

While most people can appreciate how science has improved their lives, the public is still often skeptical of science; nutrition science is no exception.

How Are You Involved in the Opioid Epidemic?

May 17, 2016

Saturday morning, my Facebook Messenger pinged me with a note from a friend who was asking for prayer. I received a text message from her immediately afterward with more details: her 26-year-old grandson had been rushed to the hospital after overdosing on heroin.

Lupus and the Customer-Centric Business Model

May 12, 2016

May is Lupus Awareness Month—31 days that are nationally recognized for raising awareness and understanding of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects at least 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. For me, these 31 days are a time to reflect on just one individual’s journey with this disease—my mother’s.

Pay Attention to Children’s Mental Health

May 10, 2016

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and, in its wake, I felt I should add in my own two cents.

The Complexities of Messaging on Zika

May 5, 2016

Developing and communicating public health messages for a new or emerging epidemic is fraught with challenges.

Should We Invest More in Our Young Children?

May 3, 2016

In the United States, there are wide gaps in the outcomes of children who grow up in impoverished circumstances compared to those who grow up with adequate resources.

Salvaging Crippled Federal Law in the States?

April 28, 2016

The 2016 legislative sessions in several of the nation’s state houses have considered or will consider bills that deal with the existential imperfections of an important section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 2706, called “Non-discrimination in health care.”



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