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States Hold Keys to Health Care Affordability, But Are They Using Them?

February 08, 2022 | Announcement

A blog post published in Health Affairs Forefront describes how a new tool from Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub provides critical information about states’ performance in four domains of action related to health care affordability.

2021 Health Employment—A Tale of Three Settings

January 19, 2022 | Perspective

The January jobs report gives us our first look at calendar year 2021 health care employment. According to the Current Employment Statistics, or “establishment” survey, health care employment increased very slightly in 2021, ending the year up 0.4%, or 63,000 jobs compared to December 2020. But beneath this modest overall growth there was a marked shift from institutional settings to ambulatory care settings—view the numbers and Altarum's initial analysis.

Altarum Announces New Board of Trustees Members

January 10, 2022 | Press Release

Recognized experts in serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, Melanie Bella and Bruce C. Vladeck will guide the nonprofit as it works to improve health care for more Americans.

Explaining Near-Record Health Spending Growth during the 2020 Decline in Health Care Utilization

December 23, 2021 | Perspective

In 2020 Americans reduced their use of healthcare services as they postponed elective care and avoided in-person visits, yet new CMS expenditure data show health spending increased by a near-record 9.7%. We explore what drove this.

How Six PACE Sites Are Meeting the Challenges of Delivering Complex Care During the Pandemic

December 16, 2021 | Perspective

As part of our Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded evaluation of PACE’s Covid-19 adaptions, we spoke with PACE administrators in six states. They shared how they crafted innovative solutions to meet both the physical and emotional needs of participants, families, and staff in a changing and challenging health landscape.

Systems Upgrades, Staffing Challenges, and Community Key Themes of Public Health Infrastructure Webinar

November 15, 2021 | Announcement

Last month, we had the privilege of hosting three leaders in the field of disease surveillance and public health informatics to discuss the challenges faced in their states during the COVID-19 pandemic and the infrastructure modernization efforts underway in their jurisdictions. Here’s what we learned, and how we can help.

The Case for Person-Centered Residential Long-Term Care in 2021: Measure It, Move It Forward

November 08, 2021 | Perspective

Now is the time for forward-looking nursing home operators to pivot toward a person-centered model of residential long-term care by leveraging culture change training and tools that embed quality of life into formal quality improvement initiatives. Altarum's Systems Change Tracking Tool (SCTT) helps measure the adoption of culture change practices over time.

Affordability Scorecard Shows Areas Where States Can Continue to Address the High Cost of Healthcare, A Top Concern of Consumers

November 03, 2021 | Press Release

Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub today released their 2021 Healthcare Affordability State Policy Scorecard, ranking 50 states and the District of Columbia on their adoption of evidence-based policy actions to improve health care affordability for residents.