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Aug 14, 2012 U.S. Budget Implications: What If the Massachusetts Health Spending Goal Was Applied Nationally? Goal of GDP+0 Revisited

On July 24, our Center held a symposium in Washington, D.C., titled Sustainable Health Spending and the U.S. Federal Budget (full video here).

Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
Aug 13, 2012 Managing Chronic Illness: Consumers Say They Want More Autonomy

A majority of consumers want to be able to do more for themselves when managing chronic illness.

Consumer Choice
Aug 9, 2012 Considering Medicaid Expansion: Competing for a Slice of the Pie

Since the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowing states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, many states confront a difficult question: In a time of limited reso

Health Reform | Medicare
Aug 7, 2012 In the Wake of the Supreme Court Decision: Health Care Cost Reduction Strategies The all-permeating factor at the center of discussions after the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act is the unchecked growth of the cost of care. Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform | Public Health
Aug 6, 2012 Despite Prevalence of Unnecessary Health Care, Few Question Doctors For a variety of economic, legal and cultural reasons, Americans frequently receive care that will provide them little to no benefit. According to estimates, the U.S. health care system wastes between $250-$325 billion annually on unnecessary care; $6.8 billion of that is spent on 12 common unnecessary tests and treatments. Some (if not most) of the pressure to avoid unnecessary and/or harmful services must come from the intended recipients of those services. Consumer Choice
Aug 2, 2012 Old and Sick in America: Reinventing Internal Medicine

This is the second in a two-part series. To read the first part, click here.

Aging | Chronic Disease | Information Technology | Medicare
Jul 31, 2012 Old and Sick in America: There’s No One In Charge

This is the first in a two-part series. To read the second part, click here.

Aging | Chronic Disease | Information Technology | Medicare
Jul 26, 2012 Playful, Active and Healthy Cities: A New Partnership Between Let’s Move and Playful City USA

“Creating more and better playspaces is something that is very important to us. Research shows that recreation improves a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

Childhood Obesity | Community Health | Health Reform
Jul 24, 2012 Effective Leadership Improves Care of Older Adults Altarum Institute has released a report that highlights the Practice Change Fellows Program’s successful efforts to develop change leaders who spread innovations that improve the health of older adults. Aging | Community Health | Medicare
Jul 19, 2012 The Weight of the Nation: Bringing Researchers, Policymakers and the Public Together to Address the Issue This year, public health stakeholders have launched three key communication pieces to refocus the problem of obesity. Although these pieces are standalone efforts, they show how powerful coordinated efforts between researchers, local public health professionals and the American public can be. Together, these three pieces can give stakeholders at multiple levels concrete actions they can take to combat the problem of obesity. Childhood Obesity | Obesity | Public Health
Jul 17, 2012 Can You Trust Your Gut? The Importance of Asking Your Audience in Health Communications Palladian worked closely with NIDA staff to develop the first-ever, easy-to-read website on drug abuse, designed for adults with low reading literacy (eighth grade or below reading level). Behavioral Health | Health Disparities | Public Health
Jul 12, 2012 The Aging Population: An Altarum Health Policy Roundtable Gives Voice to the Challenges of Elder Care

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of requiring all American citizens to have health insurance coverage has eliminated much uncertainty over who will have access to health care, but

Jul 10, 2012 ACA Decision: Moving Ahead on Health Care Transformation It is now time to focus on its robust and effective implementation so that we can all benefit from a care delivery system that puts people, families, and their care needs first. Health Reform
Jul 6, 2012 Medicaid Expansion, States, and the Affordable Care Act: Red, Blue and Somewhere In Between If states turn their backs on Medicaid expansion they leave a lot of federal money on the table. They also leave behind many vulnerable, low income constituents—our friends, families and neighbors—who could receive coverage through Medicaid without purchasing private health insurance (to which they may not have affordable, available options). Health Disparities | Health Reform
Jul 5, 2012 Patient Safety: We Expect Safety in Food, Toys and Travel. Why Not Medicine? Given our public interest in safety, one has to wonder how we have become so complacent about preventable illness and injury in medicine. Amazingly, 32 deaths trigger a nationwide recall on melon, but nearly 100,000 annual deaths from hospital infections (more than AIDS, car accidents and breast cancer combined) do not make news. Community Health | Hospitals
Jul 3, 2012 Local, State and the Federal Government Must Do More to Prevent Injuries According to a new report, many states and the federal government do not have policies or laws that we know can protect citizens from injury, the leading cause of death for Americans under 44. Community Health | Public Health
Jun 28, 2012 Affordable Health Insurance: Employers Should Adopt Account-Based Health Plans to Keep Costs Down

This is the second in a two-part series.

Consumer Choice | Insurance
Jun 26, 2012 Health Savings Accounts and Reimbursement Arrangements Encourage Employer Group Health Coverage

This is the first in a two-part series.

Consumer Choice | Insurance
Jun 21, 2012 New Federal Transportation Spending Bill Could Jeopardize the Vitality of Our Communities

Warm summer days and evenings draw many people outside to enjoy the weather and the extended daylight.

Childhood Obesity | Community Health | Health Reform
Jun 20, 2012 Three Purple Messages for Consumers

At Altarum's Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care, we're working to increase individual involvement in health care decisions.

Consumer Choice