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Altarum Private Insurance Research Hub

To connect policymakers and advocates with emerging research on topics pertinent to the health reform debate, Altarum is commissioning a series of studies with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Calculating the Cost of the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has cost the nation $1 trillion since 2001. Our interactive map shows the relative cost burden by state, revealing states with the highest burden, lowest burden and all others between. A first step in solving this epidemic is understanding where the burden is greatest, and the factors behind it.

It Takes YOUR Community

This symposium provides the tools needed to advocate and plan community-based health and long-term services and supports for the coming Age Wave.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Our continuing medical education (CME) program is about more than providing professional development credits.

MESA: An Innovative New Value-based Health Insurance Plan

The Medical Episode Spending Allowance (MESA) Plan, is a new value-based insurance design with more finely calibrated incentives for consumers and providers.

The Economic Benefits of Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention

10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, a report by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, examines the issue, calls for more institutional action, and shows that doing so will result in billions in benefits for future cohorts of children.

Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Between 2005 and 2014, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits rose an average of 200% across the country. Altarum is working to change this statistic by increasing provider knowledge of safe opioid prescribing to promote patient safety.

Information Technology and the Aging Network: Opportunities to Enhance Information Technology Capacity

The purpose of this report is to examine opportunities for the Aging Network to expand partnerships with health care organizations and other entities through focusing on the value of investing in information technology (IT).

Socio-economic Disparities Pose Risk to Texas's Economy. Investments in Health and Education Can Overcome Them.

Texas has long enjoyed one of the strongest economies in the nation, but widening disparities among the state’s growing population—particularly minority groups—puts this growth at risk. "The Business Case for Expanding Opportunity and Equity in Texas" examines this development and the economic stakes and opportunities it presents.

Building a MediCaring Community in Ypsilanti with the Huron Valley PACE Program

The Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) is working with Huron Valley PACE of Ypsilanti, Michigan to establish a pilot MediCaring Community through expansion of the PACE model.

Aggregating Care Plans in Order to Monitor and Manage Eldercare Services for a Population

Sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Aggregating Care Plans project will develop methods for the aggregation of person-centered care plans to estimate the need for services and supports for frail elders in a community.

Safety and Health Statistics and Injuries Management

Data collection and injury and illness statistics help both employers and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to identify and manage local and national trends, and to streamline corrective actions priorities.

Michigan Caries Prevention Program

Altarum, in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry, and the Michigan Department of Community Health, is working on a comprehensive program to reduce the burden of childhood dental disease.

Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network

National health spending has grown faster than the economy for decades, and the current rate of growth is not sustainable. Reimbursement has heavily rewarded quantity of care, while minimizing the importance of care quality and value.

Meaningful Use Technical Assistance

Altarum leads the state of Michigan’s Regional Extension Center (REC) which provides education, outreach, and technical assistance to the state’s 17,000 primary care providers and 36 critical access hospitals in pursuit of the Meaningful Use of health information technology (IT).

Technology to Improve Patient Care and Population Health

Altarum completed an economic case study of health information technology (IT) adoption in rural hospitals for Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). This in-depth case study was designed to explore in detail the challenges and facilitators of successful health IT adoption in rural U.S. hospitals.

DataHub

Altarum provides technical support to both the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) and the state of Michigan’s Data Hub. Altarum helped set up and configure the technical infrastructure at MiHIN, creating test HL7 messages, gathering requirements for different program areas, conducting surveys and technical research, along with various other business analysis tasks.

Medicaid Systems Support

Altarum has provided Michigan Medicaid with project management support and subject matter experts in Payer Financial Services Management, Compliance/Policy Management, ICD-10, and Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) implementation.

Improving Care for Patients with Mood Disorders

One of the most challenging aspects of providing care to people living with serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia is the complex and nuanced process of prescribing and managing medications.

Research, Technical Assistance, and Training for WIC

We offer an extensive history of providing assessment, technical assistance, and evaluation services for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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