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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.
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 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 is examining what we can learn from PACE's pandemic response to improve our system of long-term services and supports (LTSS).
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.
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.
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
We recommend specific policy changes to make ownership, management, and financing more transparent and accountable to improve US nursing home care.