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We Can’t Bend the Cost Curve Without Talking About Costs

January 24, 2011

| Charles Roehrig

Data released by the National Health Statistics Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that health spending accounted for 17.6 percent of the gross domestic product in 2009.

Is a Good Education the Best Medicine of All?

January 6, 2011

| Wendy Lynch

Why and how education makes us healthy is not clear. Some advantages of book work are obvious, but none fully explain the positive effect that education has on health.

Sending Innovations Abroad: Only a Change in Incentives Will Bring Them Back

September 21, 2010

| Wendy Lynch

Innovation in medicine is alive and well. Before you get too excited about these wonderful discoveries, there is one small detail: none of these are going to be available in the United States.

Shared Decision-Making: Ensuring the PPACA Really Makes Health Care Affordable and Sustainable

August 31, 2010

| Michael Parkinson

My fear is that much of the non value-added bureaucracy of health insurance and the “more-and-newer-is better-at-any cost” medical-industrial practices are reinforced rather than rejected, codified rather than carved out under the PPACA.

Combating PTSD and mTBI: Surfing the Second Wave of Telemental Health

July 20, 2010

| Altarum Staffer

Few would disagree that the sheer number of first and repeat deployments has placed a high demand on the Department of Veteran Affairs and military mental health treatment systems.

AIDS in America: New AIDS Strategy a Decade-Long Journey

July 16, 2010

| Jesse Milan

This week, a decade-long journey for advocates of HIV/AIDS policy in the United States concluded and a new chapter in American history begins.

What We Really Do – and Don’t – Know About Health in This Nation

March 30, 2010

| David Kindig

What do we know about the levels of population health and the state of medical care and the many other determinants of health across the United States?

World AIDS Day: A Time to Take Stock of Our Health

December 1, 2009

| Jesse Milan

World AIDS Day has changed dramatically in the two decades since it began. But the truth is that HIV is still a crisis for gay men.

How Much Should We Really Spend on Preventive Care?

September 21, 2009

| George Miller

Despite the unfortunate reality that prevention may not save money, many preventive services actually are a good bargain when considered from the perspective that they provide health value for the money spent.

Cheap Political Victories and End of Life Care: A Better End for Anyone?

September 14, 2009

| Janice Lynch Schuster

As if just talking about dying weren’t hard enough for most of us, now comes the disinformation campaign about end-of-life care discussions waged by opponents of health care reform.

Health Care Costs, Health Savings Accounts, and a Transformed Health System

August 17, 2009

| Paul Hughes-Cromwick

The whole idea that a committee of experts in Washington or anywhere else can deliver what each American wants in health care, when we want it, at a price we can afford, is nonsense.

Health Is Not Just About Health Care

June 15, 2009

| David Williams

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America recently released its report with 10 recommendations that we believe will allow Americans to lead healthy lives.

Health Care Reform: Decent Care as a Key Value

February 10, 2009

| Jesse Milan | Janice Lynch Schuster

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) and Ford Foundation-sponsored Global Consultation on Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services sought to bring together people to explore the conceptual alignment between the concepts of decent care and the practice of palliative care.

Meeting the Need: The Launch of the Mission Projects Initiative

January 8, 2009

| Linc Smith

The Mission Projects are a significant new endeavor for Altarum, one that is key to extending reach and impact beyond what we can do in client-funded work alone.

Evaluating the Obama Health Plan: We Need Both Short-Term Affordability and Long-Term Sustainability

October 1, 2008

| Charles Roehrig | George Miller

Although there is considerable attention paid to addressing cost growth and investing in public health and prevention, the most noteworthy aspect of Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s health care plan is its focus on attempting to make insurance affordable for all Americans.

HIV and the Workplace: Making the Business Case for HIV Workplace Partnerships

September 1, 2008

| Jesse Milan

After 27 years, far too many businesses remain untapped fighters in the war against HIV/AIDS because they did not know they could be asked, they did not know they should be asked, and too many public health officials did not know how or what to ask them.