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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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.

Understand Consumer Mindsets that Motivate Health Change

October 21, 2014

If you are a health care provider and quibble over consumer and patient buy-in, then the results of this health care study were designed for you.

What’s In a Health Care-Related Name Change? Plenty, When it’s Integrative

October 16, 2014

If there has been a more perplexing assignment in medicine than the one that Congress assigned to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1998—to research public use of alternative medical practices, therapies, and substances—it is hard to imagine.

A 10-Year Projection of the Prescription Drug Share of National Health Expenditures, Including Nonretail

October 14, 2014

In a new report, CSHS has added estimates of the nonretail prescription drug component to the 10-year CMS NHE projection.

The Next Generation of New Health Foundations is on the Horizon

October 9, 2014

Beginning in the 1970s and picking up speed in the late 1980s, the conversion of nonprofit health care organizations to for-profit status created many new foundations.

Knowing Kevin Bacon: When Six Degrees of Separation is Too Many

October 7, 2014

I don’t know Kevin Bacon, but my pastor’s daughter’s fiancé works in Hollywood. I suspect I can get from him to Kevin in another three steps.

Sitting on the Sidelines and Punishment Laps: Physical Activity and School Discipline

October 2, 2014

If your memories of school include sitting on the sidelines at recess watching the other kids play as a consequence for not finishing your homework, or if the thought of taking up jogging brings back unhappy memories of forced punishment laps around the track, take heart that school districts are working to take the use of physical activity as punishment out of the school day.

Social Healing Words: Healing Ourselves

September 30, 2014

When we speak differently about something, we begin to think and feel differently about it. This concept stands true for behavioral health services.

The Future of Home Health Care

September 26, 2014

Dr. Joanne Lynn of the Altarum Institute will take part in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council titled “The Future of Home Health Care” to discuss the current state of home health in the nation’s health care delivery system in order to improve the understanding of the role that home health care will play in the future.



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