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Economic Toll of Opioid Crisis in U.S. Exceeded $1 Trillion Since 2001

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February 13, 2018

The cost of the country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017, and is projected to cost an additional $500 billion by 2020, according to analysis released today by Altarum, a nonprofit health research and consulting institute.

2017 National Health Spending Growth Estimated at 4.7%

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February 13, 2018

National health spending grew by 4.7% in 2017, according to Altarum’s latest Health Sector Economic Indicator Reports.

National Health Spending Holds Steady at 18% of GDP

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January 12, 2018

U.S. health sector spending continues to grow at a more sustainable rate, driven in part by a slowdown in hiring, hospital spending, and price growth in hospitals, physician and clinical services, and prescription drugs, according to Altarum’s latest Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs.

Health Care Spending Growth Appears to Stabilize in 2016, 2017

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December 15, 2017

New data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which show slower growth in 2016, combined with other slow-growth trends in 2017, suggest overall national health spending is stabilizing, according to Altarum’s monthly Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs.

Burden of Opioid Crisis Reached $95 Billion in 2016; Private Sector Hit Hardest

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November 16, 2017

The benefits of putting an end to the opioid crisis exceeded $95 billion in 2016 according to an analysis released today by Altarum, underscoring the importance of swift investment in evidence-based interventions.

Sluggish Hospital Spending Continues to Restrain Growth in Overall Health Spending

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November 9, 2017

Total health spending growth in September was 4.3% higher compared to a year earlier primarily due to slow growth in hospital spending.

Health Care Price Growth Plummets to Lowest Rate in Almost Two Years

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October 11, 2017

Fueled by health policy uncertainty and structural health sector changes, health care price growth in August rose by only 1.2% compared to a year earlier.

Growth in Health Hiring and Hospital Spending Decline

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September 8, 2017

Health Sector Economic Indicators September

Altarum Behavioral Health Experts to Help Ohio County Address Opioid Crisis

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August 24, 2017

With new funding from the Nord Family Foundation, Altarum will help identify and evaluate available resources and offer recommendations on how services could be better coordinated to combat the opioid epidemic in Lorain County, OH—where recent overdose deaths from opioids are more than twenty times higher than in years past.

July Hiring Increase at Odds with Trend Toward More Sustainable Health Spending

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August 11, 2017

This month's Health Sector Economic Indicator Briefs reduce estimates of national health spending by 0.57% for all of 2016 and 0.65% for the first 5 months of 2017.

Health Care Hiring Jumps in June, Following Months of Slow Growth

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July 14, 2017

July 2017 HSEI News Release

Altarum Enhances Capabilities for Sustainable Health Spending and Increased Value for Consumers with Addition of Healthcare Value Hub

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June 29, 2017

Altarum is pleased to announce that the Healthcare Value Hub, a networking and resource center for advocates working for lower costs and better value in healthcare, will become part of Altarum effective June 30, 2017.

Health Care Employment, Prices and Spending Head Downward

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June 8, 2017

With health care employment growth down by 10,000 per month, prices slowing across the board, and total spending growth also down 0.5% from last year’s rate, private and public sector purchasers may feel some relief compared to the acceleration of health spending in the past three years.

Slowdown Continues in Health Care Job Growth, but Health Spending Share of GDP Reaches All-Time High

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May 11, 2017

The health care sector added 19,500 new jobs in April 2017, putting the average for the first 4 months of 2017 at just under 20,000 jobs per month, a considerable decrease from the 32,000 per month seen in 2015 and 2016.

Health Care Jobs, Spending, & Prices Show Lower Growth

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April 13, 2017

The health care sector added 13,500 new health jobs in March, which is less than half the 12-month average of 30,000 jobs per month—making the first quarter of 2017 the slowest for health job growth since the second quarter of 2014.

Socio-economic Disparities Pose Risk to Texas Economic Growth and Business Prosperity

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March 20, 2017

Texas has long enjoyed one of the strongest economies in the nation. Its rich natural resources, diversified industry, and growth-oriented policies have contributed to economic strength far above the national average for decades - but widening disparities among the state’s growing population, particularly among minority groups, puts this growth at risk.

Health Care Job Growth Off to Slowest Start in Two Years; Health Care Prices Rise at Highest Rate in Three Years

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March 17, 2017

The health care sector added 27,000 jobs in February 2017 on the heels of a downwardly revised 12,000 jobs in January, resulting in a two-month average of less than 20,000 new jobs per month – well below the 2015 and 2016 pace of growth.

Health Care Job Growth Plummets in January

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February 10, 2017

Health Care Job Growth Plummets in January

CMS and Altarum Research Debunks Argument that Bundled Payments Contribute to Higher Volumes

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February 8, 2017

A recent analysis of Medicare fee-for-service data from 2010 through 2015 for all lower extremity joint replacements at hospitals across the United States found participation in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Program (BPCI) did not increase the volume of procedures between baseline and performance years.

Health Jobs Defy ACA Uncertainty with Surge in December

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January 13, 2017

Health care added a whopping 43,000 jobs in December, well above the 12-month average of 35,000 jobs, and bucking a 4-month trend of below-average growth.


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