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October 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

October 14, 2016 | Economic Indicators

At a $3.40 trillion annual rate, national health spending in August 2016 was 5.5% higher than health spending in August 2015.

September 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

September 09, 2016 | Economic Indicators

Health care added 14,000 jobs in August, the lowest level of growth since April 2014 when the acceleration in hiring, fueled by expanded coverage, began.

Correcting for the 2007 MEPS Discontinuity in Medical Condition Spending and Treated Prevalence

August 16, 2016 | Research Brief

Under a contract with the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Altarum has updated estimates of spending by medical condition that were first published in 2009 and that covered the years 1996 through 2005.

August 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

August 12, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in June 2016 was 5.2% higher than in June 2015, totaling $3.36 trillion (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration

July 21, 2016 | Multimedia

Video recording of Altarum's 6th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2016 in Washington DC.

July 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

July 15, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in May 2016 was 5.0% higher than in May 2015. Spending on prescription drugs dropped to 5.2% growth, continuing its decline from the 12.2% spike in 2014.

June 2016 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

June 10, 2016 | Economic Indicators

National health spending in April 2016 was 4.6% higher than in April 2015. This marked the sixth consecutive month of spending growth below 5%, and is well under the estimated average of 5.8% for all of 2015.

Technical Notes on Triangle of Painful Choices

June 06, 2016 | Research Brief

The triangle of painful choices was first introduced in August 2012 as a tool to provide insights about what rate of growth in health spending would be sustainable in the long term.