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Health Care Prices and Spending Accelerating

April 13, 2018 | Press Release

In March 2018, the Health Care Price Index rose by 2.2% compared to the previous year, fractionally higher than in February, and the highest rate since January 2012. Driving overall price acceleration is high hospital price growth of 3.7%, barely down from 3.8% in February—a more than 8-year high.

Health Care Spending Growth and Its Share of Economy Exhibit Remarkable Stability

March 26, 2018 | Press Release

Altarum's latest Health Sector Economic Indicators provide a second look at spending for the entire 2017 calendar year and suggest that national health spending grew by 4.6% from its 2016 level.

Economic Toll of Opioid Crisis in U.S. Exceeded $1 Trillion Since 2001

February 13, 2018 | Press Release

The cost of the country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017, and is projected to cost an additional $500 billion by 2020, according to analysis released today by Altarum, a nonprofit health research and consulting institute.

2017 National Health Spending Growth Estimated at 4.7 Percent

February 13, 2018 | Press Release

National health spending rose 4.7 percent in 2017, slightly above GDP, but keeping its share of GDP at 18 percent, according to Altarum’s latest Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs.

Altarum Introduces MIPScast™: A Scoring Tool that Helps Clinicians Achieve the Highest Possible Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Scores

January 23, 2018 | Press Release

Altarum announces MIPScast™, a user-friendly, interactive web-based tool designed to help clinicians predict and improve their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) scores in order to comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

National Health Spending Holds Steady at 18% of GDP

January 12, 2018 | Press Release

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.

Michigan Association of Health Plans Selects Payformance Solutions to Ease Medicaid Value-Based Contracts

January 08, 2018 | Press Release

Payformance Solutions, a leading provider of value-based reimbursement solutions and services, today announced a pilot program with the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) in which the state's Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) will have the opportunity to use Payformance's TrustHub solution to collaborate through data sharing and strategic planning to uncover the best opportunities in value-based contracting.

Health Care Spending Growth Appears to Stabilize in 2016, 2017

December 15, 2017 | Press Release

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.