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Optimizing Health Care Resource Allocation: The Research Consortium For Health Care Value Assessment

September 21, 2018

| Beth Beaudin-Seiler | A. Mark Fendrick | George Miller

Traditional approaches to reducing health care spending often involve eroding coverage for care indiscriminately and fail to take a holistic perspective on all sources of costs and value. We believe that affordability in health care delivery is best achieved by efficiently allocating costs across the entire budget and spectrum of care.

Pay for Success for Childhood Asthma Interventions in a Medicaid Population Is Financially Viable, but Poses Significant Administrative Challenges

June 14, 2018

| George Miller

Pay for Success (PFS) is a mechanism for funding public sector programs with financing from private investors who receive a payout from the public sector only if metrics identified in a performance-based contract are met.

Expanding Affordable Eldercare Supports and Services

May 18, 2018

| Sonja Love Felton

Huron Valley PACE, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was established only 4 years ago. Today we provide comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care, mostly to dually-eligible beneficiaries 55 and older—but we have larger ambitions.

Rebates, Coupons, PBMs, And The Cost Of The Prescription Drug Benefit

April 26, 2018

| Charles Roehrig

One way to boost sales of a prescription drug is to reduce what it costs the consumer at the point-of-purchase.

All Hands on Deck: Addressing the Opioid Crisis Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach

April 26, 2018

| Emily Ehrlich

Altarum is committed to addressing the opioid crisis, and as we work with others to solve it, it’s worth remembering that the depth and breadth of the epidemic calls for a multi-pronged, “all-hands-on-deck” approach.

Back to the Future with BPCI-A

March 16, 2018

| Christine Stanik

My colleagues and I have not been shy about our belief that a functional consumer-driven marketplace is a viable solution to curbing health care spending and ramping up health care quality. While 2017 was a year riddled with flux on this front as the then-HHS secretary Price seemed to be moving away from policy changes that would make this marketplace feasible, 2018 and several recent remarks by new HHS secretary Alex Azar have given us reason to be cautiously optimistic.

We Can't Let Infant Mortality Disparities Continue

January 5, 2018

| Ani Turner

Shameful is the only word to describe the persistent disparities in infant mortality rates in the U.S.

Making the Business Case for Ending the Opioid Crisis

December 22, 2017

| Christine Stanik

To inform the business case for addressing the opioid crisis, Altarum’s newly founded Center for Value in Health Care recently estimated the 2016 economic cost of overdoses, deaths, and addiction at about $95 billion dollars.

Bipartisanship is Back: Congressional Cooperation Suggests Momentum is Growing for Aging Reforms

August 10, 2017

| Anne Montgomery

Evidence-based, high-value health care reform is greatly aided by congressional bipartisanship, but more is needed.

Presidential Opioid Commission’s Final Recommendations Must Include Recovery Supports

August 8, 2017

The federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week released its much anticipated recommendations.

Paths to Sustainable Health Care Spending Require Attention to Long-Term Services and Supports

July 11, 2017

| Anne Montgomery

In the U.S. and around the globe, longevity on a mass scale is posing new challenges for health care systems.

The Payment Reform Landscape: Is The Debate Over Retrospective Versus Prospective Bundled Payments A Distraction?

June 23, 2017

Let’s put aside the discussion of prospective versus retrospective and continue to experiment with various ways to implement bundled payment—a method that has real potential to improve quality and reduce spending.

Helping Clinicians Tackle the Opioid Crisis with More Effective Prescribing Practices

May 19, 2017

| Gregory Makris

Altarum’s Health Innovations and Technical Assistance (HITA) team has developed a comprehensive program to tackle this issue at the source—by furnishing clinicians with the knowledge and tools necessary to foster responsible opioid prescribing, improving patient education around opioid use, and providing technical assistance to promote use of prescription drug monitoring programs.

Expanded Coverage Has Pushed Health Services Employment Up by Roughly 240,000 Jobs

April 12, 2017

| Charles Roehrig | Ani Turner

This blog provides the best estimate of the total number of additional health jobs that are attributable to the expansion in health insurance coverage that began in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

What’s Behind 2.5 Million New Health Jobs?

March 22, 2017

| Ani Turner | Charles Roehrig

The remarkable performance of the health sector in continuing to create jobs through the recession and recovery has garnered much attention over the past few years.

State Veteran Profile FY15

March 15, 2017

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Beyond Volunteer Work, Bridging Health Fairs to Community Dentists

February 23, 2017

| Fareeha Shuttari | Imen Alem

Led by a dedicated Altarum team, the transformation of oral health is currently underway in Michigan, thanks to the Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP). Dental disease is the most common chronic disease among children—and it is also entirely preventable.

City Living = Active, Healthy Lifestyles? Maybe Not for All

January 31, 2017

There is a standard set of urban planning tips for communities looking to reduce childhood obesity and increase physical activity: build your neighborhoods on a connected grid pattern, install and maintain sidewalks, and provide access to public transit and parks within walking distance.

A Toolbox for Clinical Trials

January 26, 2017

| Tibor Szentendrei

Managing clinical trials is a complex endeavor and an uncharted territory for many new clinical investigators.

Closing the Referral Loop: Communication via Michigan’s Dental Registry

January 10, 2017

| Imen Alem

Altarum has recently launched a public health Web application, Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDR℠), aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.