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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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.”

The Older Americans Act in 2016: The Future is Now

April 26, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 the Older Americans Act (OAA) was reauthorized for three years – an important bipartisan accomplishment.

'Innovation Center' Tries to Reinvent Medicare

April 19, 2016

They work for the government and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It's not because they're spies or nuclear scientists, but because their jobs are so arcane: trying to reinvent Medicare to improve it, and maybe save taxpayers money.

Changing Hearts and Minds to Change the Status Quo

April 14, 2016

In a poignant video released in 2014, Person-Centered Matters, Lon Pinkowitz shared his personal perspective as a caregiver to his father living with dementia.

The Same Old Sad Story: The U.S. Continues to be Unprepared for Potential Public Health Emergencies

April 12, 2016

Nearly two months ago, TFAH joined a chorus of public health advocates in calling for additional policies, research, funding, and capacity to prepare for Zika and other emerging outbreaks.

The Vitality of Collegiate Recovery

April 7, 2016

There has never been a more critical time to support the widespread establishment of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs).

Palliative Care Promotes Quality of Life for those with Advanced Illness

April 5, 2016

Advancements in medicine allow people with chronic and complex conditions to live longer than ever before. But longer life for people who are sick may bring challenges, such as pain, stress, and other symptoms that accompany serious illness.

Translational Medicine: At the Forefront with Novel Stem Cell and MicroRNA Strategies

March 31, 2016

Throughout the globe, the number of elderly individuals continues to increase, with a concomitant rise in life span.

The Uneven Entrance of Nonpharmacologic Approaches as Tools in the Opioid Crisis

March 29, 2016

In November of 2014, The Joint Commission issued a Clarification of the Pain Management Standard. The document, which followed an extensive re-review of the literature, marked the most significant opening for integrative and nonpharmacologic approaches in U.S. pain treatment.

Men's Health: A Global Problem Hiding in Plain Sight

March 24, 2016

Men’s health is surely one of the most significant public health problems to have been largely overlooked by policymakers and practitioners. This is despite the clear evidence of poor outcomes for men.

Focus on the Person

March 22, 2016

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed teaching first- and second-year medical students about the art of interviewing patients. While it’s certainly good to give back, it has also been an eye-opening experience.

It’s Time to Get Real on Long-Term Care Financing

March 17, 2016

In the last month, three separate bipartisan groups—the Bipartisan Policy Center, LeadingAge, and the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative—released recommendations about how to help working Americans better prepare for their future long-term care needs and associated costs.

Recovery Road: Media's Opportunity to Portray Recovery the Right Way

March 15, 2016

Recovery Road is noteworthy in that it is one of the first television shows to highlight the process of recovery without shining a permanent spotlight on the horrors of addiction.

The Future of Tobacco Control

March 10, 2016

Tobacco was America’s great public health scourge of the past century, but the tobacco control movement was one of its great public health success stories.

U.S. Health Care Versus the World: The Impact of Health Policy

March 9, 2016

There have been many changes in U.S. health care over the past 2 years—a trend shared with the broader world.

The Promise of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain

March 8, 2016

The nation is caught in a flood of chronic pain, opioid use, disability, and death that can be traced to our current approaches to pain.

Steering Autonomous Vehicle Policy: The Role Of Public Health

March 4, 2016

Picture your morning commute. You’re sitting in traffic, shoulders tense. You come to a sudden stop and your coffee spills all over your console. Someone cuts you off. You’re fairly sure you’re going to be late to work…and grumpy when you get there.

Chipotle: A Case Study in FSMA

March 3, 2016

You may have read about Chipotle’s food safety violations involving localized outbreaks of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and norovirus.

FDA Hopes to Improve Consumer Understanding of the Term “Natural”

March 1, 2016

What does the term "natural” mean to you?

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