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November 2020 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

November 18, 2020 | Economic Indicators

National health spending recovers to 1.0% higher than September 2019 level, health care price growth has it's slowest year over year growth rate of the past seven months, and jobs are still 3.6% below pre-COVID-19 level.

Sine Qua Non: A Healthy Nation Requires Real Budget Constraints in All Government Health Programs

October 28, 2020 | Report

In this study prepared by Altarum, C. Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute explains that every government health program should operate under the same budget constraint that applies to other government programs.

Rapid PACE Responses in a Covid-19 Era

October 22, 2020 | Report

This special report authored by Altarum, National PACE Association, and Fallon Health, details innovations deployed by PACE organizations during Covid-19—including the rapid creation of Covid-19 infirmaries and new programming to combat social isolation.

October 2020 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

October 16, 2020 | Economic Indicators

National health spending recovers to August 2019 level, accelerated health care price growth continues for another month, and the health care job rebound levels off.

Experiences of Nursing Home Residents During the Covid-19 Pandemic

October 01, 2020 | Report

This survey of nursing home residents provides a rare glimpse into how life has changed under Covid-19, and the emotional toll it has taken on frail elders. It also includes recommendations for nursing homes and policymakers.

September 2020 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

September 17, 2020 | Economic Indicators

Our September 2020 briefs illustrate the continued recovery of health care spending during the Covid-19 pandemic. While health care continues to regain jobs, labor is still 4.5% below pre-Covid employment. ​

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

September 11, 2020 | Report

This report provides an estimate of the non-retail component of drug spending in 2018.

Strategies to Advance Insulin Affordability in the United States

September 10, 2020 | Report

US insulin prices are the highest in the world and unaffordable for millions of American. Our policy roadmap shows how to address this problem.