Alexandria, VA, United States
Alexandria, VA, United States

Altarum Institute is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization serving government, nonprofit and private-sector clients. With the rigor of the finest research institution, consulting skills honed for nearly seven decades, and an abiding commitment to the public interest, Altarum Institute enables better care and better health for all people. Altarum’s mission is to serve the public good by solving complex systems problems to improve human health, integrating research, technology, analysis, and consulting skills.Altarum Institute traces its history back to 1946 with the founding of the Willow Run Laboratory in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1972, the Willow Run Laboratory was renamed the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan . In 2001, after much of ERIM's organization and contracts were collected into a for-profit entity and sold to Veridian Corp., ERIM acquired Vector Research, Inc. , a leading provider of health care forecasting models and decision support tools for federal and state government clients. Later that year, ERIM became Altarum Institute. In 2006, to further advance and focus its expertise in health care, Altarum acquired Health Systems Research, Inc. and divested itself of its Environmental and Emerging Technologies Division to Michigan Technological University, forming the Michigan Tech Research Institute.In 2009, Altarum acquired KAI Research, Inc., adding clinical research and research-based knowledge to its portfolio. In 2011, Altarum acquired Palladian Partners, a leader in the health communications field. Wikipedia.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. & ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Altarum Institute today announced it will join healthcare innovation firm Hashed Health’s work group to advance payment solutions using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Under the agreement, Altarum will partner with Hashed to continue work on building distributed networks to drive alternative payment models and models that connect payment with benefit design. “There are operational roadblocks to implementing health care payment and benefits models, which can be overcome with blockchain technology,” said François de Brantes, vice president and director of Altarum’s Center for Payment Innovation. “We are excited that by collaborating with Hashed Health we can imagine, develop and bring groundbreaking solutions to market and propel the implementation of alternative payment models far further than they otherwise could.” The Hashed Health team of health technology veterans collaborate with the members of product-specific network work groups on the planning and development of applications using distributed ledger technologies. Hashed Health provides services including blockchain expertise, product development, network development and support services. “The addition of The Altarum Institute to our community brings Hashed together with one of the world’s thought-leaders in payment innovation and sustainable health spending,” said John Bass, CEO of Hashed Health. “Our combined expertise will play an important role in advancing new, sustainable payment and benefit solutions in healthcare.” Altarum joins the growing global network of partners which is quickly becoming an innovation hub for collaborative networks in healthcare using distributed ledger technologies. Altarum Institute’s ( mission is to create a better, more sustainable future by applying research-based and field-tested solutions that transform our systems of health and health care. Altarum employs approximately 450 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine; Silver Spring, MD; Rockville, MD; and Washington, D.C. Hashed Health is a collaborative healthcare innovation firm dedicated to realizing the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Hashed Health brings together work groups to develop networks centered on specific healthcare use cases. To empower its members, Hashed Health provides value-added services such as network product management, product development, regulatory guidance and technology support services. Hashed Health focuses on blockchain implementations to address a range of well-known issues in healthcare including IoT, revenue cycle management, payment reform, medical records, insurance and healthcare supply chain logistics. More information can be found at or by emailing

Schwalberg R.,Altarum Institute
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health | Year: 2014

Context: Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods are recommended for young women, but access is limited by cost and lack of knowledge among providers and consumers. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) sought to address these barriers by training providers, financing LARC method provision at Title X-funded clinics and increasing patient caseload. Methods: Beginning in 2009, 28 Title X-funded agencies in Colorado received private funding to support CFPI. Caseloads and clients' LARC use were assessed over the following two years. Fertility rates among low-income women aged 15-24 were compared with expected trends. Abortion rates and births among high-risk women were tracked, and the numbers of infants receiving services through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) were examined. Results: By 2011, caseloads had increased by 23%, and LARC use among 15-24-year-olds had grown from 5% to 19%. Cumulatively, one in 15 young, low-income women had received a LARC method, up from one in 170 in 2008. Compared with expected fertility rates in 2011, observed rates were 29% lower among low-income 15-19-year-olds and 14% lower among similar 20-24-year-olds. In CFPI counties, the proportion of births that were high-risk declined by 24% between 2009 and 2011; abortion rates fell 34% and 18%, respectively, among women aged 15-19 and 20-24. Statewide, infant enrollment in WIC declined 23% between 2010 and 2013. Conclusions: Programs that increase LARC use among young, low-income women may contribute to declines in fertility rates, abortion rates and births among high-risk women. © 2014 by the Guttmacher Institute.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a contract to Altarum Institute to help small practices in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This technical assistance, authorized and funded under MACRA, brings direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five-year period. “For years, Altarum has successfully used its model of delivering technical assistance to physicians to help them achieve practice transformation and improvements in quality,” said Dan Armijo, Altarum vice-president and director of Health Innovations. “We are honored and excited to leverage this expertise to advance this critical support program that will give physicians the tools to deliver better care, leading to improved population health.” Altarum, along with its partners, which include Medical Advantage Group, MetaStar, Michigan Center for Rural Health, MPRO, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Stratis Health, and University of Kentucky, is dedicated to providing innovative technical assistance to clinician practices in rural, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), and underserved areas. Altarum and its partners will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS-eligible clinicians across seven states as a part of the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support (SURS) program, which may include, but is not limited to, the following: Altarum can be contacted through Francois de Brantes: 734-205-6102, For more information on the Quality Payment Program, visit or contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing Altarum Institute ( integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care. Altarum employs over 450 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine, and the Washington, D.C., area.

News Article | December 13, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National health spending in October 2016 grew at an annual rate of 5.5%, driven up by the hospital component (6.6% growth) and dampened by prescription drugs (3.5% growth). This puts 2016 on pace for 5.6% health spending growth, slightly below the official 5.8% rate just released for calendar year 2015. At $3.43 trillion, the health spending share of gross domestic product was 18.2% in September, falling just below the all-time high of 18.3% seen in each month from May to August 2016. Health care prices in October 2016 grew 2.2% above the October 2015 level, with prescription drug prices leading the way at 7.0%, a 24 plus year-high. Prices for physician services showed almost no growth while hospital prices rose 1.5%. Health care prices have now grown faster than economy-wide prices for 9 consecutive months. Health care added 28,400 jobs in November, less than the 12-month average of 34,000 jobs, and continuing a slow deceleration from the more than 40,000 new jobs per month added in mid-2015. Health jobs grew 2.7% year over year, down from rates above 3% seen in mid-2015 through mid-2016, but higher than non-health jobs at 1.4%. This put the health share of total employment at an all-time high of 10.8%. These data come from the monthly Health Sector Economic IndicatorsSM briefs released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending ( “Our current estimate of 5.6% growth in health spending for the first ten months of 2016 is likely to be revised slightly downward once findings from the December Quarterly Services Survey are incorporated,” said Charles Roehrig, founding director of the Center. “Thus, 2016 will show a slowing in spending growth relative to the 5.8% growth in 2015 shown in the new national health expenditure account data. We remain puzzled by slow growth in prescription drug spending despite high price growth, and high growth in hospital spending despite low price growth.” Altarum Institute ( integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care. Altarum employs over 450 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine, and the Washington, D.C., area.

Estimates of annual health spending for a comprehensive set of medical conditions are presented for the entire US population and with totals benchmarked to the National Health Expenditure Accounts. In 2013 mental disorders topped the list of most costly conditions, with spending at $201 billion. © 2016 Project HOPE The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

Korda H.,Altarum Institute | Itani Z.,Altarum Institute
Health Promotion Practice | Year: 2013

Rapid and innovative advances in participative Internet communications, referred to as "social media," offer opportunities for modifying health behavior. Social media let users choose to be either anonymous or identified. People of all demographics are adopting these technologies whether on their computers or through mobile devices, and they are increasingly using these social media for health-related issues. Although social media have considerable potential as tools for health promotion and education, these media, like traditional health promotion media, require careful application and may not always achieve their desired outcomes. This article summarizes current evidence and understanding of using social media for health promotion. More important, it discusses the need for evaluating the effectiveness of various forms of social media and incorporating outcomes research and theory in the design of health promotion programs for social media. © 2013 Society for Public Health Education.

Roehrig C.S.,Altarum Institute | Rousseau D.M.,Kaiser Family Foundation
Health Affairs | Year: 2011

Some prior research has suggested that health spending for many diseases has been driven more by increases in so-called treated prevalence-the number of people receiving treatment for a given condition-than by increases in cost per case. Our study reached a different conclusion. We examined treated prevalence, clinical prevalence-the number of people with a given disease, treated or not- and cost per case across all medical conditions between 1996 and 2006. Over this period, three-fourths of the increase in real per capita health spending was attributable to growth in cost per case, while treated prevalence accounted for about one-fourth of spending growth. Our evidence suggests that most of the treated-prevalence effect is due to an increase in the share of eligible people being treated rather than an increase in clinical prevalence of diseases. We conclude that efforts to curb health spending should focus more on reining in cost per case. © 2011 Project HOPE- The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

Korda H.,Altarum Institute
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice | Year: 2013

Fidelity of implementation in replicating evidence-based health promotion interventions, to ensure implementation as designed and proven through research, is crucial if evidence-based community and population health interventions are to achieve promised results but can be difficult to attain in practice. This article highlights major challenges, considerations, and strategies associated with fidelity as public health care practitioners implement evidence-based interventions and bring them to scale in the field. There is need for sharing information about "what works" in implementing these interventions with fidelity, as well sharing information about implementation challenges and improvements to intervention design. Fidelity is important if practitioners are to obtain results and outcomes planned by intervention developers and is an essential value proposition for evidence-based public health practice and population health improvement. Copyright © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Roehrig C.,Altarum Institute | Daly M.,Altarum Institute
Health Affairs | Year: 2015

Studies that use the number of individuals treated for a medical condition to investigate its prevalence understate true prevalence and obscure prevalence trends. For example, treated diabetes prevalence was less than half of true prevalence in 1999-2000. Over the ensuing twelve years, the rate of increase in treated prevalence was more than 50 percent higher than that of true prevalence. © 2015 Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Altarum Institute has received nearly $500,000 to build a program to help older adults in the Huron Valley. The money is part of $13 million dollars in grant awards from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) to benefit the health of Michigan’s children and seniors. Thirty-three separate programs will receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, which has developed the MediCaring Communities, a mode

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