About the Forum & Disclaimer


The Altarum Health Policy Forum is a weekly journal for debate and discussion about health care and health policy. With insightful posts from some of the most respected authorities in the field of health care policy and research, the Health Policy Forum provides the evidence-based commentary and analysis you need to break through the rhetoric and focus on the real health care issues facing our nation. New content is published each Tuesday and Thursday morning, and readers can subscribe to e-mail alerts notifying them of new posts.

The Health Policy Forum is a product of Altarum Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. As an institute dedicated to improving human health, Altarum encourages open conversation about the many challenges in health care today. The Health Policy Forum enables us to host a public forum where issues and opinions can be discussed, considered, and commented upon in a neutral setting.

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Submissions from those outside Altarum are welcomed, but are subject to our submission policy. As an interactive forum, we also welcome comments to any posting on the site. Please see each individual posting for instructions on how to comment. Altarum Institute reserves the right to refuse publication or edit all submissions and comments to the Health Policy Forum.

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