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As 2020 Ended, Health Jobs Were Down 3 Percent but Recovering Faster than Overall Economy

January 08, 2021 | Perspective

Since the unprecedented jobs losses of March and April 2020, health care employment has been recovering faster than overall employment, regaining about two-thirds (68%) of the jobs lost, while the economy overall has regained a bit over half (56%) of jobs lost.

Medicare Data Reveal Actionable Quality–Cost Gaps in Care for Elders with Disability

January 07, 2021 | Perspective

Through a joint partnership under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Data for Action Program, Altarum and CareJourney generated a remarkable new toolset to explore trends, determinants, and interventions in cost, quality, and access issues for geriatric and gerontological care.

The Vaccine Distribution Effort Is More than a Solution to Covid-19—It’s also a Chance to Solve Broader Health System Challenges

December 22, 2020 | Perspective

Last week health care workers and long-term care residents began receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Within months, the vaccine will reach nearly every jurisdiction in the country. It’s a historic public health mobilization, but also a rare opportunity to strengthen our health infrastructure.

COVID-19 Shocks the US Health Sector: A Review of Early Economic Impacts

December 17, 2020 | Perspective

Early analysis of 2020 Bureau of Economic Analysis data suggests ways that next year’s report from the CMS actuaries will look different from this year’s – or any year’s before that – with hospital spending down while prices are up, home health care substituting for nursing home case, and some professional services in dire straits.

In a Post-Covid World, More Services Can Be Delivered Remotely. How Will WIC Programs Successfully Navigate the Shift?

November 19, 2020 | Perspective

Covid-19 has changed how society functions in countless ways, from how we see the doctor to how we shop for groceries. These new routines were born out of necessity, but they’ve quickly become habits that will remain long after Covid-19 recedes. What does this mean for how we support families through WIC?

Altarum to Evaluate Telehealth Services During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic for the American Academy of Pediatrics

November 17, 2020 | Announcement

What can we learn from the rapid expansion of pediatric telehealth? This is the question that Altarum will explore in a new engagement with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Altarum's Program to Improve Eldercare and Nursing Home Survey Featured in Wall Street Journal

November 15, 2020 | Announcement

A special report on aging and retirement in the Wall Street Journal features insights from Sarah Slocum, co-director of Altarum's Program to Improve Eldercare, along with highlights from our recent survey of nursing home residents.

Health Care Has Recovered Nearly 1 Million Jobs but Is Still 590,000 Below February Level

November 06, 2020 | Perspective

Both health care and the overall economy continue to recover jobs lost, but both remain below pre-COVID-19 levels of employment, according to Altarum’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.