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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It’s Hunger Action Month: What About Seniors?

September 16, 2014

Every September, advocates come together during Hunger Action Month around the shared goal of ending hunger in America.

Observing the Personal Journey of Recovery

September 11, 2014

Every September, National Recovery Month serves as a reminder that addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life.

Does Your Company Have A Consistent Voice?

September 9, 2014

One of the most effective ways to make sure your company’s message is getting through is being able to speak to your prospects in a consistent voice.

Six Burning Questions Health Care Leaders Have About ACOs

September 4, 2014

If you ask health care leaders what they think about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), you won’t be short on answers.

The Latest Findings on Medicaid Readmission Rates

September 2, 2014

Hospital Readmissions present a key policy issue for clinical leaders of state Medicaid programs.

Social Healing Words: Aligning Our Language with the Transforming Behavioral Health Landscape Part II

August 28, 2014

In part 1 of this blog post series, we established that the words that we use matter.

Successes and Challenges of School Lunch Reform

August 26, 2014

Obesity has become an increasingly prevalent health concern amongst the youth in the United States.

A Personal Story, a Global Dialogue

August 21, 2014

Like many of you, over the past several months, I have watched the tragedy of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa unfold.

Long-Term Care Scorecard: How Does Your State Rank?

August 19, 2014

As a physician, I’ve witnessed firsthand the plight of so many families whose lives are thrown into turmoil as an older parent or grandparent takes a fall, suffers an injury, and experiences a sudden health decline.

Replacing Repeal and Replace

August 14, 2014

Repeal and Replace (R&R) is a misguided strategy for getting past the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and moving toward a focus on health rather than insurance cards.

Why Stories Matter

August 12, 2014

Whatever your politics, back in 2000, George W. Bush was seen as a man with whom everyone wanted to have a beer, while Al “Let’s put it in a lockbox” Gore was seen as the professor in college whom nobody wanted. Why did it seem that way? Because stories matter.

Social Healing Words: Aligning Our Language with the Transforming Behavioral Health Landscape

August 7, 2014

Inevitably and thankfully, change on a number of levels is occurring in the field that we now call behavioral health.

World Breastfeeding Week 2014 - Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal—for Life!

August 4, 2014

Breastfeeding affords a multitude of benefits to mother and infant, but only recently have employers realized that supporting a mother in her efforts to breastfeed can also be of great benefit to their business.

Include Family Caregiving in the White House Working Families Initiative

July 31, 2014

Age-related issues, including family caregiving, must become integral to the domestic policy agenda. Until now, they have received lip service.

In Twitter We Trust: Social Media Opportunities and Pitfalls for Government Agencies

July 29, 2014

Half of all Americans now cite the Internet as their main source for news, according to a Pew Research Center study. Also, 72% of people who go online are looking for health information.

Racial Equity Is Key to Breastfeeding Success for All

July 24, 2014

In early June, a 25-year-old African-American woman named Karlesha Thurman posted a photo of herself in cap and gown, breastfeeding her baby at her college graduation ceremony.

How Your Social Network Can Foster a Culture of Health

July 22, 2014

We’ve known for a while that a where people live, learn, work, and play can have a bigger impact on their health than genetics or medical care.

The Political and Economic Fight over Solanum Tuberosum (white potatoes)

July 17, 2014

I live in Maine, which has the distinction of being a potato-growing state.

The Underlying Path of Health Spending in the U.S.

July 14, 2014

Inspired by Gene Steuerle’s work, I have been looking at something analogous to what economists might call the nation’s marginal propensity to consume health care. Specifically, it is the share of the growth in real per capita gross domestic product (GDP) that goes toward health spending. I’ll refer to it as the marginal propensity to spend on health (MPSH).

Sustainable Healthcare Spending Requires True Healthcare Payment Reform

July 10, 2014

Economists and policy-makers have been trying to determine whether the growth in healthcare spending has slowed and, more importantly, whether it will be slower in the future than the past.



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