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Check out the latest National Alliance Health Publications below. To view additional reports on eValue8, NHLC white papers, and various guides on Value-Based Purchasing and community health visit our Publication Library

Recent National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Action Briefs


Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) typically rank among the top three most costly conditions for specialty drugs, along with cancer and multiple sclerosis. RA is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes a range of symptoms, including stiffness and swelling in the joints, particularly in the hands, feet and knees. RA is a form of arthritis that is immune mediated and attacks healthy tissue. If left untreated, this condition can cause significant permanent damage to tissues in the joints, often leading to short- or long-term disability, or in some cases, forcing employees to stop working completely.


Heart disease accounts for one of three deaths in the United States each year. Over 30 million US adults have a type of heart disease caused by buildup in the arteries, known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, risk factors for ASCVD can be lowered/changed, by treating cholesterol, quitting tobacco, managing comorbid conditions such as diabetes, and taking prescribed medications.


In the U.S., 29.1 million people (9.3% of the population) have diabetes and 86 million (37% of the population) have prediabetes. Furthermore, diabetes accounted for $245 billion in direct and indirect costs. As a result, strategies for managing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and other complications from diabetes is vital. Employers can play a key role in improving the health and well-being of their workforce.

Recent National Alliance Health Publications

May 2015: COPD Coalition Grants Final Report

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common chronic condition that adversely affects many adults within the working age population, and can be caused or exacerbated by exposure to harmful workplace lung irritants and other environmental factors. These issues may contribute to high insurance costs, lower productivity and increased absenteeism, however, awareness about the risks of COPD is low among patients and employers. The National Business Coalition on Health’s Improving Care for COPD Patients grant program, funded by the COPD Foundation, allowed National Alliance Health employer coalition members to educate employers about the clinical and cost impact of COPD and to design interventions to identify and address COPD within their populations. This report summarizes the grantee coalition projects and offers recommendations to help make COPD care improvement a broadly achievable goal for other employer coalition markets.

Creating Healthy Communities: The Planning Stage:
This Action Guide summarizes the approach to developing a community action plan (CAP). The guide offers a set of best practice recommendations for coalitions to follow in replicating this process of stakeholder consensus building to improve health outcomes in their communities. The guide has been updated to include findings from both sets of community health planning grant projects.
Creating Healthy Communities: The Implementation Stage:
This Technical Action Guide summarizes the approach to implementation of a community action plan (CAP). The guide offers a set of best practice recommendations for coalitions to follow in replicating this process of initiating and evaluating robust change strategies to improve community health outcomes. This guide has been updated to include findings from the recently-completed community health implementation grant projects.

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Commonwealth Fund "Health Reform and You" Series

This educational resource series from the Commonwealth Fund seeks to provide non-experts with objective, easy-to-understand information about the many ways in which the health care system is changing, including - but not limited to - the reforms being enacted under the Affordable Care Act.