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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To Improve Medicaid, Measure Everywhere

August 25, 2016

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”

Breastfeeding Policies in the Military: Supporting Moms in Service

August 23, 2016

In August 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin issued The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, a call to employers, health care providers, policymakers, and the public to support mothers in reaching their breastfeeding goals.

'Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford

August 18, 2016

'Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford

Overcoming Lower-Income Patients’ Concerns About Trust And Respect From Providers

August 16, 2016

This blog post is the third in a series discussing how vulnerable segments of the US population interact with and experience the health care system.

Increasing the Agricultural Workforce and Research Funding Critical for 21st Century Challenges

August 11, 2016

It is well-documented that the global population is projected to exceed nine billion people by 2050.

America’s Number One Health Disparity?

August 9, 2016

Behavioral health patients die from tobacco-related diseases at a much higher rate than the general population.

Health Equity Funders: Innovating for Social Change

August 4, 2016

Rising inequality, widening differences in racial perceptions of the country’s direction, and increasing social tension add new urgency to funders’ efforts.

Increased Access to Care Choices

August 2, 2016

As the Baby Boom generation reaches retirement at a rate of 10,000 people per day, and advances in health care and medicine extend our lifespans, American families need more care than ever before. At least 20% of our population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030.

How Uber will Redefine Healthcare

July 28, 2016

My Twitter pal and founding partner of Forthright Health Management, Tom Valenti, wrote in TechCrunch that “there will never be an Uber for healthcare” because “[h]ealthcare is not a transaction business; it is a relationship business.”

Cut Your Employer Costs by Supporting Your Caregiving Employees: You Can’t Afford Not To

July 26, 2016

Family caregiving is today’s issue just as childcare was in the 1980’s. More than 25 million Americans are working at a job and caregiving at home—that’s nearly one out of five workers.

Is an Integrative Medicine Protocol Reversing Alzheimer’s?

July 19, 2016

A quarter century ago a controversial clinical idea burst onto the scene in the form of published research.

Tools to Make the Business Case for Person-Centered Care

July 12, 2016

We all want a high quality, technically correct health care experience. From a population perspective, unnecessary variations in care must be diminished.

#SpacesOfHealth: Aging-in-Place Discussion

July 7, 2016

As our nation’s baby boomer population grows, the concept of “aging in place” is moving front and center.

How Can Pharmacists Help Prevent Falls among Their Older Patients?

July 6, 2016

Every year, one in three older adults will fall and more than two million will be treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries.

The World Isn’t Flat

July 5, 2016

Care coordination is one of the most popular solutions to saving Medicare. But, while it may be a useful tool, it has limitations.

Seven Things Business Leaders Should Know (and Do) About Health Care

June 30, 2016

In the six years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, it has survived three elections, two Supreme Court decisions, and countless legislative challenges.

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.



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