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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.
The rate at which children die in the first year of life—a basic measure of population health—has declined in the U.S. over the past decade, but remains higher than peer nations, and varies dramatically for populations across the country.
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.
A partnership between several nonprofit and government organizations has led to more than 1,000 children over the past year visiting a dentist in Wayne County. The pilot program, funded by the Delta Dental Foundation, brings together Altarum’s Michigan Caries Prevention Program and McMillen Health to provide oral health training and program evaluation to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
As evidence accumulates on how community-based organizations (CBO) can cost effectively meet the medical and long-term care needs of older adults through supportive services, the importance of linking multiple data streams across settings becomes clear.
Altarum responded to the CMS Innovation Center’s informal Request for Information on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.
Total health spending growth in September was 4.3% higher compared to a year earlier primarily due to slow growth in hospital spending.
Imagine that the government assembled a “Medicare Design Commission” that includes not only the usual assorted experts, but at least as many 88-year old women living alone on Social Security in second floor walk-ups, aiming to have them represent the target population of elderly people coming to face the multiple challenges of disabilities, caregiving, and finances. What would emerge as the top priorities for an insurance plan?