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Getting Ahead Of Covid-19 Issues—Dying From Respiratory Failure Out Of The Hospital

April 01, 2020 | Perspective

Within the next few weeks, the US will experience a very large number of deaths from Covid-19. The evidence is now plain that these deaths will mostly be of individuals older than 60 years of age; many will be individuals past 80. Younger people already living with disabilities and illnesses associated with aging are also at risk.

Men Lag Behind Women in Following Social Distancing Measures, According to Survey of Michigan Residents by Altarum

March 27, 2020 | Press Release

Men are less likely to follow social distancing guidelines and orders compared to women, according to survey data released today by Altarum.

Overcoming Obstacles to Medication-Assisted Treatment

March 27, 2020 | Perspective

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is considered the gold standard of opioid use disorder treatment when paired with behavioral therapies, yet the number of primary care providers who practice MAT is surprisingly low.

9 Out of 10 Survey Respondents in Michigan Say They Would Follow a Shelter in Place Recommendation, According to Poll by Altarum

March 23, 2020 | Press Release

Altarum's new poll finds that 90% of Michigan residents would follow a shelter in place recommendation. Over 7,000 Michigan residents have completed the online poll about COVID-19 perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors since Thursday, March 19.

Recovery Housing, Peer Recovery Supports Are Crucial Components to Maintaining Recovery

March 17, 2020 | Announcement

Altarum’s Elizabeth Burden moderated a session at the 2020 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) National Forum on the crucial role recovery housing plays in addressing substance misuse, and how jurisdictions and criminal justice sectors can form partnerships with peer-based housing operators.

COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call to Prioritize Public Health Surveillance Funding

March 16, 2020 | Perspective

Rick Keller of Altarum writes in Healthcare IT News that accurate outbreak data reporting depends on a standards-based and interoperable information infrastructure, which many jurisdictions across the U.S. still do not have.

Experts Say States Should Focus on Controlling Prices, Reducing Low-Value Care to Make Health Care More Affordable

February 12, 2020 | Announcement

Health care policy experts gathering in Washington, D.C. today urged states to make health care more affordable for residents by regulating prices through a variety of mechanisms and reducing the provision of low-value care.

Low-Value Care is Everywhere. What is Driving It and How Can We Intervene?

February 04, 2020 | Perspective

Commercial payers spent more than $5.5 billion on 20 select low-value health care services in 2015, according to a new study from the Research Consortium for Healthcare Value Assessment, a collaboration between Altarum and VBID Health. To reduce the widespread prevalence of low-value care, we need to take a closer look at where it is occurring and why.