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Health Sector Trend Report, February 2015

Health Sector Trend Reports, PDF Publication

February 24, 2015

These reports, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provide a monthly summary of key trends in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

Health Sector Trend Report, January 2015

Health Sector Trend Reports, PDF Publication

January 23, 2015

This report provides a monthly summary of key trends in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

Sustaining “Meaningful Use” of Health Information Technology in Low-Resource Practices

Online Article

January 13, 2015

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has been extensively studied, but their maintenance once implemented has not.

Trends In Complicated Newborn Hospital Stays & Costs, 2002–2009: Implications For The Future

Online Article

December 2, 2014

This paper assesses trends in complicated newborn hospital stays from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample all-payer administrative data.

Focus on the Future: Revisiting the Family Planning Research Agenda

PDF Publication

October 17, 2014

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.

Integrating Women’s Health into Schools of Public Health Curricula

PDF Publication

October 17, 2014

Women, it is said, hold up half the sky. Healthy women hold up a healthy world: they nurture and improve their own health and well-being, and that of children, families, and communities.

A 10-Year Projection of the Prescription Drug Share of National Health Expenditures, Including Nonretail

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October 14, 2014

The latest forecast of national health expenditures (NHE) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has prescription drug spending making up roughly 9.5% of total health spending each year from 2013 through 2023.

Clarifying Feasible Procedures for Reinvesting Health Care Cost Savings

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September 18, 2014

Efforts to promote significant change in the U.S. health system are underway in a variety of settings and along multiple dimensions.

IOM Report Provides Roadmap for End-of-Life Care

PDF Publication

September 17, 2014

Americans express strong views when asked about the care they want to receive when they are seriously ill and approaching death.

Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams: Community Assessment Summary Report

PDF Publication

September 16, 2014

The Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams (MIVCAT) project is a collaborative community model created by Altarum Institute to enhance the delivery of services from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to Veterans and their family members.

Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams: Report on the Survey of Veterans Service Providers

PDF Publication

September 10, 2014

Altarum conducted a community assessment that included interviews with key regional leaders, focus groups with Veterans, a survey of Veterans, and a survey of service providers working with Veterans.

Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams: Detroit Metro Veteran Focus Groups Report

PDF Publication

September 10, 2014

Altarum Institute conducted six focus groups as part of a community assessment for the MIVCAT project in the Detroit Metro Prosperity Region.

Testimony to the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee Relevant to Senate Bill 2, Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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September 9, 2014

The following document is the testimony of Ani Turner, Deputy Director of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at Altarum Institute, on relevant findings from projections of the future supply and demand for clinicians, comparing Michigan’s advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice environment to other states, and highlighting the evidence on outcomes we might expect under Michigan Senate BIll 2 (S.B. 2.)

Transition to EBT in WIC: Review of Impact and Examination of Participant Redemption Patterns

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September 8, 2014

While 13 WIC State Agencies have implemented EBT, there have been no comprehensive assessments aimed at understanding the processes surrounding Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transition and its impact on various stakeholders, including WIC State Agencies, WIC vendors, and WIC participants.

The Relative Contribution of Multiple Determinants to Health

Online Article

August 21, 2014

The Relative Contribution of Multiple Determinants to Health

Maternal and Child Health Journal

Online Article

August 6, 2014

Jennifer Pooler and Sheryl Mathis are contributing authors on an article to be published in an upcoming issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Medicaid Admissions and Readmission: Understanding the Prevalence, Payment, and Most Common Diagnoses

Online Article

August 4, 2014

A Health Affairs article released today titled “Medicaid Admissions and Readmission: Understanding the Prevalence, Payment, and Most Common Diagnoses” describes results of a multistate analysis conducted through the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network.

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012

Online Article, PDF Publication

July 10, 2014

Published by HRSA's MCHB in June 2014, the chartbook is based on data from the latest round of the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH).

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Chronic Pain Sufferer Navigates The Maze Of Opioid Use

Online Article

July 8, 2014

I have never been one to visit my primary care physician regularly. For many years I kept healthy, with periodic visits to local urgent care facilities for my minor health care woes.

2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

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June 24, 2014

The goals of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are to prevent cardiovascular diseases; improve the management of people who have these diseases through professional education and research; and develop guidelines, standards, and policies that promote optimal patient care and cardiovascular health.


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The Business Case for Expanding Opportunity and Equity in Texas

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If current gaps in education, health, and income don’t narrow among people of color in Texas, the future economic stakes are high.

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