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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.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015

June 4, 2015

On May 14, 2015, Altarum Institute hosted a policy roundtable on community-based solutions to addiction in the United States. Discussions that day underscore the need for passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA).

Food for Health

June 2, 2015

Nutrition research continues to find linkages between diet and risk reduction of noncommunicable diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

Half of Older Adults in U.S. Now Take Aspirin — Should You?

May 28, 2015

Aspirin is a remarkable drug, but its current use is not without some controversy.

Three Ways Health Care Can Transform the Food System

May 27, 2015

The next time that you order food in a hospital, you may not recognize where you are.

Creating a “One-Stop Shop” for Translational Sciences

May 26, 2015

“You can’t eat a paper.” That’s an obvious—if not odd—statement. But those 5 little words demonstrate the enormous challenge that NIH committed to addressing with the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in December 2011.

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.”

Just How Dysfunctional Is Frail Elder Care in the U.S.?

May 19, 2015

Very, very dysfunctional. You need evidence? Try these two tales.

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.

Have You SEEN Your Options? Focusing Consumerism on Safe, Effective, Economical, Necessary Choices.

May 7, 2015

Consumerism is still not the norm. Despite a significant transition toward high-deductible plans, broader availability of price and quality information, and efforts by many large employers to provide decision tools, fully-informed, in-control consumers are the exception.

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.

Steampunk Regulation, Medical Technology, and the IT Revolution

April 30, 2015

Regulation as we think of it is an artifice of the 20th century (plus a few years on either end)

Eight Top Issues for Health Funders in 2015

April 28, 2015

As the professional association for health philanthropy, Grantmakers In Health is in contact with hundreds of health foundations and corporate giving programs across the country.

Final Adventure of the Geriatric Doctor-In-Law

April 23, 2015

Basically my wife Robin’s mum Liz and dad Nigel became quite frail over the last several years, at roughly the same time, with all sorts of health, psychological, and general care problems.

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

High-Deductible Plans Bring Lower Costs Now, But Will They Bring Pricey Problems?

April 14, 2015

Got a high-deductible health plan? The kind that doesn’t pay most medical bills until they exceed several thousand dollars? You’re a foot soldier who’s been drafted in the war against high health costs.

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.