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Grandparents who are raising children displaced by the opioid crisis and other behavioral health issues are putting off retirement in order to support their grandchildren, according to new research by Altarum.
In America and worldwide, the “age wave” has gathered in force—no more so than in Japan, where 27 percent of the population is already older than age 65, a number that will rise to 40 percent by 2060. Policymakers, spurred by widespread public interest in Gratton and Scott’s influential book, “The 100-Year Life” (London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016), recently em¬braced this stark demographic fact.
Many Americans don’t realize that Medicare does not pay for LTSS; forcing them to pay out-of-pocket for these services—or spend down to Medicaid by forfeiting almost all assets and income. Altarum is working to build public momentum to address the disparity in income caps that exist for institutional care vs. home and community-based services.
George Miller, PhD, of Altarum’s Center for Value in Health Care, will serve alongside a distinguished group of 20 policy experts on a new Council on Health Care Spending and Value established by the policy journal Health Affairs.
On May 4, 2018, the Michigan State Legislature voted to assemble a group of experts to craft a blueprint to guide the future of the state's age wave. We take a closer look at similar opportunities to create smart adaptations to existing LTSS programs, and to create new and more efficient initiatives.
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.
Altarum and VBID Health today announce the launch of the Research Consortium for Health Care Value Assessment, a PhRMA Foundation-funded initiative that brings together researchers working in health care value to collaborate, share findings, and develop research ideas to help address inefficiencies in health care.
At $3.67 trillion (seasonally adjusted annual rate), national health spending in July 2018 was 4.8 percent higher than it was in July 2017, and the health spending share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 17.8 percent.