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Are Rising Health Care Prices Another COVID-19 Side Effect?

April 16, 2021 | Perspective

The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic recession on health care utilization, spending, and employment have been well-explored by experts tracking the US health sector. In this blog we summarize some of our recent findings on health sector price growth, using data from our Health Sector Economic Indicators (HSEI) through March 2021, focusing on changes in price trends just before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Should We Interpret the COVID-Related Reduction in Health Spending?

April 05, 2021 | Perspective

The rapid decline and subsequent rebound in the use of health care services and associated health spending in the U.S. as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been well documented. Spending on PHC from September 2020 through February 2021 has averaged nearly 0.5% below the same period the year before, suggesting that the pace of the recovery in spending has stalled, at least temporarily.

Altarum Launches AHRQ-Funded Cooperative in Michigan to Support Rural Practices in Preventing Heart Disease

March 31, 2021 | Press Release

Altarum will lead a three-year project funded AHRQ to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in Michigan by helping rural primary care providers integrate and implement the best available evidence and treatment for hypertension and smoking cessation.

Altarum’s Evaluation of PACE Covid-19 Response Will Provide Lessons Learned and Solutions for the Eldercare System

March 11, 2021 | Announcement

Altarum is examining what we can learn from PACE's pandemic response to improve our system of long-term services and supports (LTSS).

How Do We Meet the Reproductive Health Needs of People with Substance Use Disorders? Integration of Services Is Key

February 19, 2021 | Perspective

Integrating family planning services and services for those with a substance use disorder is critical to ensuring the reproductive health needs of those with SUD are met.

Did National Health Spending in 2020 Decline for the First Year in Recorded History? Preliminary Data Say It Did

February 16, 2021 | Perspective

For the first year since at least 1960 – when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began tracking national health expenditures – total health spending in 2020 was less than in the previous year.

Coordinated Action Is Needed to Strengthen Michigan’s Long-Term Care Workforce

February 11, 2021 | Press Release

This report from Altarum offers recommendations to fortify the direct care workforce, which is challenged by low and stagnant wages despite robust demand and job growth

These Administrative Actions Would Improve Nursing Home Ownership and Financial Transparency in the Post COVID-19 Period

February 11, 2021 | Announcement

We recommend specific policy changes to make ownership, management, and financing more transparent and accountable to improve US nursing home care.