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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."

April 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

April 13, 2018 | Economic Indicators

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.

Health Sector Trend Report, March 2018

March 28, 2018 | Trend Reports

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report provides a summary of key trends in Q4 2017 in health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment.

March 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

March 16, 2018 | Economic Indicators

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.

It Takes YOUR Community Symposium Transcript

February 13, 2018 | Transcript

Transcript from the "It Takes YOUR Community" symposium that convened on December 5, 2017.