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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Realizing the Promise of Health Care Big Data Analytics

June 23, 2015

Like most industries, health care is suffering from data overload, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity.

Health Reimbursement Accounts and the Military Health System

June 18, 2015

When beneficiaries other than active- duty officials have private health insurance, the MHS is required to collect from third- party payers (TPP) the cost of medical services provided to MHS beneficiaries to the fullest extent allowable under Title 10 of the United States Code, Section 1095.

Geriatrics Experts and Consumer Advocates Build a Bridge

June 16, 2015

The Voices for Better Health project at Community Catalyst, a Boston-based national consumer health advocacy organization, has released a new video highlighting an important strategy to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable older adults

KAI Research, Inc. Provides the “Right Science. Right Patients. Right Data”

June 11, 2015

As a full-service contract research organization (CRO) and health research company, KAI Research, Inc. has helped pharmaceutical, academic, and federal clients bring innovative drug treatments and other interventions to market by supporting early clinical phase I studies through phase III trials and postmarketing efforts.

An Investment in Our Nation’s Health Is an Investment in Our Nation’s Future

June 9, 2015

Often, you hear that an investment in our nation’s children and education system is really an investment in our economy. Not as often do you hear the same thing about our children’s health and the nation’s public health system.

We Need More Organization, Not More Organizations

May 21, 2015

When you need an answer, you use Google. Its type-ahead auto-completion finishes thoughts before they are formed.

The Color of Money

May 20, 2015

The Federal Reserve Board would like to see wages break out of their slump; that much can be said without contradiction. “We will be looking at wage growth,” said Chair Janet Yellen at her March press conference. “We have not seen wage growth pick up.”

Who is Responsible for Your Health?

May 14, 2015

When it comes to our health, how much responsibility is ours—making healthy choices and avoiding behaviors that promote poor health—versus society’s to make these opportunities available and affordable to us?

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act: A Platform to Become a Constituency of Consequence

May 12, 2015

We all know the stark reality: Opioid misuse, dependence, and deaths are at all-time highs.

You Get What You Pay For

May 5, 2015

It should not be surprising that how we pay for a service can drive how those services are delivered.

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.



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