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July 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

July 18, 2018 | Economic Indicators

In May 2018, national health spending was 4.4% higher than it was in May 2017 at $3.62 trillion (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

Altarum's 2017 Annual Report

July 10, 2018 | Annual Report

The theme of transforming ideas into action closely captures the essence of Altarum’s work and that of our wholly-owned subsidiaries in 2017.

Projections of the Prescription Drug Share of National Health Expenditures Including Non-Retail

June 29, 2018 | Research Brief

A new report from the Altarum Center for Value in Health Care examines how "non-retail" spending is allocated across national health account services categories.

Health Sector Trend Report, June 2018

June 28, 2018 | Trend Reports

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report provides a summary of key trends in Q1 2018 in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

June 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

June 15, 2018 | Economic Indicators

While earlier data suggested a recent acceleration, with revised data, we estimate spending growth of 4.7% for the first four months of 2018, barely above the 4.6% rate seen for all of 2017.

May 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

May 11, 2018 | Economic Indicators

In April 2018, the health care sector added 24,400 new jobs, consistent with the 12-month average of 25,500 new jobs per month, but enough to propel the health share of total U.S. jobs to 10.76%, a new all-time high.

The Impact of Prescription Drug Rebates on Health Plans and Consumers

April 26, 2018 | Research Brief

Who benefits from manufacturer drug rebates? A new report from the Altarum Center for Value in Health Care examines the impact of behind-the-scenes rebates on both health plans and consumers.

The Business Case For Racial Equity: A Strategy For Growth

April 24, 2018 | Report

The United States economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment, according to "The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth."