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June 2017 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

June 08, 2017 | Economic Indicators

With health care employment growth down by 10,000 per month, prices slowing across the board, and total spending growth also down 0.5% from last year’s rate, private and public sector purchasers may feel some relief compared to the acceleration of...

Health Sector Trend Report, May 2017

May 31, 2017 | Trend Reports

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

A 10-Year Projection of the Prescription Drug Share of National Health Expenditures, Including Non-Retail

May 24, 2017 | Research Brief

The latest forecast of national health expenditures (NHE) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has prescription drug spending comprising 10.1% of national health spending in 2015 and increasing to 10.8% in 2025.

Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing

May 24, 2017 | Research Brief

Altarum's Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing program improves conscientious prescribing, patient education, and prescription tracking (utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) among ambulatory providers.

May 2017 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

May 11, 2017 | Economic Indicators

The health care sector added 19,500 new jobs in April, putting the average for the first 4 months of 2017 at just under 20,000 jobs per month, a considerable decrease from the 32,000 per month seen in 2015 and 2016.

A Comparison of Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics Disease-Price Indexes

May 01, 2017 | Research Brief

The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast BEA's new accounts that estimate health spending by disease category and BLS's Experimental Disease Price Index and to suggest areas for future improvements.

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

April 25, 2017 | Report

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).

Health Sector Trend Report, April 2017

April 25, 2017 | Trend Reports

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