As an integral part of our mission, Altarum Institute publishes reports and papers, using our own research, or on behalf of clients, for the interested public, the academic community, government officials, and health policy experts. We cover emerging issues and trends in military and veterans’ health, sexual and behavioral health, elder care, health economics, and much more.


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Short-Lived Success: Assessment of an Intervention to Improve Pregnancy Weight Gain in Colorado

Online Article, PDF Publication    April 15, 2014

Inadequate weight gain in pregnancy is a major contributor to low birth weight in Colorado, where the low birth weight rate is among the highest in the nation.

Assessing Care Integration for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries: A Review of Quality Measures Chosen by States in the Financial Alignment Initiative

PDF Publication    March 25, 2014

Caring for the 9 million low-income elderly or disabled adults who are eligible for full benefits under both Medicare and Medicaid can be extremely costly.

Primary Care Physicians' Challenges in Ordering Clinical Laboratory Tests and Interpreting Results

Online Article    March 19, 2014

The number and complexity of clinical laboratory tests is rapidly expanding, presenting primary care physicians with challenges in accurately, efficiently, and safely ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests.

JAMA: Strategies to Ease the Burden of Family Caregivers

Online Article, PDF Publication    March 12, 2014

In this issue of JAMA, Adelman and colleagues describe an older woman who attempted suicide to escape the overwhelming burdens of caring for her ill and debilitated husband.

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

PDF Publication    March 4, 2014

Despite the availability of endorsed quality measures and widespread usage of hospice, hospice quality data are rarely available to consumers.

Quality Matters Q&A: Closing Gaps in Care with At-Home Visits

Online Article    February 28, 2014

Quality Matters asked Lynn how the U.S. health care system could do a better job of caring for these patients.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Corporate Policy Matters: Health Outcomes Aren’t Always Determined by Health

Online Article, PDF Publication    January 8, 2014

In this review, Dr. Lynch and Dr. Sherman identify Missing Variables often ignored by researchers – which may lead to erroneous conclusions about the connection between health and business outcomes.

JAMA: Reliable and Sustainable Comprehensive Care for Frail Elderly People

Online Article    November 13, 2013

Those lucky enough to grow old—including millions of Baby Boomers—face a health care system not designed to meet the real needs of very old people for continuity of care, community-based services, access to nutrition and transportation, and help for family caregivers.

Economic Impact of Closing the Minority Earnings Gap

PDF Publication    October 24, 2013

There is a substantial earnings gap between non‐Hispanic whites and persons of color in the U.S. that applies to males and females across all ages.

The Business Case for Racial Equity

PDF Publication    October 24, 2013

Striving for racial equity – a world where race is no longer a factor in the distribution of opportunity – is a matter of social justice. But moving toward racial equity can generate significant economic returns as well.

Annual Reports

Annual Report    September 23, 2013

Altarum Institute's Annual Reports, since 2003

Targeted Crizotinib Therapy in People with Lung Cancer – Informing an International Debate on the Cost of Extending Life

Online Article    July 22, 2013

Recent advances in the treatment of lung cancer hope to stem the tide of this deadly disease, which, in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), killed over 158,000 people; an additional 205,000 were diagnosed.

Tradeoffs in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Treatment, and Research

Online Article    June 16, 2013

It is widely believed that the US health care system needs to transition from a culture of reactive treatment of disease to one of proactive prevention.

Connecting U.S. Health Expenditures with the Health Sector Workforce

Online Article    June 3, 2013

The National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that U.S. health care spending was $2.6 trillion in 2010.

Focus on the Future: Revisiting the Family Planning Research Agenda

Online Article    March 11, 2013

This report summarizes the results of a literature review of recent family planning service delivery research (2003-2011) and presents areas for further research recommended by leading experts in the field.

Disparities in Postpartum Depression Prevalence Affect Women Participating in WIC

Online Article    February 21, 2013

Postpartum depression is estimated to occur among 10–20% of new mothers and has long been known to differentially affect low-income women.

Altarum Policy Roundtable Report: Learning How Pediatric BMI Surveillance Can Lead to Approaches to Combating Childhood Obesity

PDF Publication    February 13, 2013

This Altarum Institute Roundtable Report (in PDF) provides and in-depth summary of the November 7, 2011 Altarum Institute Health Policy Forum Roundtable titled "Learning How Pediatric BMI Surveillance Can Lead to Approaches to Combating Childhood Obesity."

Modernizing Health Care: Leveraging Our Regional Extension Centers

PDF Publication    February 1, 2013

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was passed in 2009, established the goal of modernizing our health care infra-structure and accelerating the adoption of electronic health records (EHR).

Groundbreaking Study on Care Transitions Yields Substantial Results, JAMA Study Says

Online Article    January 23, 2013

A new report, published in JAMA in January, suggests that communities in which hospitals, other health care providers, and community services work together to coordinate evidence-based hospital discharges and provide better support in the community, can achieve a 6% drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations, per 1,000 beneficiaries, in just the first 2 years.

Steering Employees Toward Safer Care

PDF Publication    November 28, 2012

Coinciding with the release of the fall 2012 results on, Altarum Institute has released a new white paper describing strategies employers can use to increase the safety and quality of hospital care their employees receive and describes successful approaches used by leading employers across the United States. Read the full report, Steering Employees Toward Safer Care.



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Quality Matters Q&A: Closing Gaps in Care with At-Home Visits

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Quality Matters asked Lynn how the U.S. health care system could do a better job of caring for these patients.

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