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December 23, 2015 - Accountable Care White Papers

For the last several years, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have grown rapidly as a model of paying for and delivering health care. Despite this momentum, the future of the model remains uncertain. In this paper we present projections of how the ACO model is likely to grow under four possible future scenarios. Value-based care delivery models designed to improve the financial […]

December 23, 2015 - Press Releases

Leavitt Partners releases “Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations,” a whitepaper detailing ACO growth projections under four possible future scenarios. Salt Lake City, UT – December 23, 2015 – Leavitt Partners today announced the release of a new whitepaper, “Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations,” which forecasts the growth of the ACO model under possible […]

June 9, 2015 - Press Releases

Salt Lake City, June 9, 2015 — Leavitt Partners, in collaboration with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, today published “Dental Care in Accountable Care Organizations: Insights from Five Case Studies.” This paper examines five Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that have integrated oral health services into their care delivery model. […]

June 9, 2015 - White Papers

As the health care system continues to evolve toward increased coordination of care and value based payment, there could be further opportunities for better coordination of dental and overall medical care.  Our analysis shows that early adopters have seen some important benefits, but that there are also important challenges as well.

June 24, 2014 - Blog

Integrating pharmacists into patient care teams could provide value to accountable care organizations as their network of providers seek to improve the quality of health care services and reduce costs.

June 12, 2014 -

The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases the June 2014
update to the “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations” white paper
series, indicating that ACOs cover over 20 million lives as of June.

June 1, 2014 -

As providers begin to bear risk for defined populations, providers and payers have begun to change the way they deliver and pay for health care. Accountable care organizations (ACOs), in particular, have proliferated with the common goal to fulfill the triple aim of improved patient satisfaction, improved care and decreased health care costs. Though ACOs operate with similar objectives, they vary considerably […]

May 1, 2014 - Blog

The combination of ACOs and online marketplaces could represent a real win for consumers when shopping for health insurance coverage.

October 21, 2013 - Blog

Christian Pena, Senior Analyst at Leavitt Partners, explains why ACO technological innovations may ultimately have a larger impact on health care than the ACOs themselves.

August 15, 2013 - Press Releases

The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases new white paper entitled “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update” Salt Lake City, August 15, 2013 — Drawing from an ongoing study by Leavitt Partners, The Center for Accountable Care Intelligence has released an ‘August 2013 Update’ to the previously acclaimed white […]

February 20, 2013 - News Press Releases

SALT LAKE CITY, (Feb. 20, 2013) — Leavitt Partners estimates 428 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) now exist in 49 states. ACOs have expanded dramatically, more than doubling in number since the start of 2011. Physician groups are now the largest backers of ACOs, with hospital systems a close second. Delaware is the only state in the […]

November 24, 2011 - Accountable Care White Papers

Following the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the announcement of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, an increased interest has emerged among providers and payers to create ACOs. To date, little has been published regarding the types and locations of organizations adopting principles of accountable care. As part […]

April 6, 2011 - Blog

The highly anticipated federal government guidelines for ACOs have now been published, but even as some details become more clear a significant degree of uncertainty remains. Health care providers are left to speculate about how the final regulations will look, what courts will decide about the individual mandate, and which provisions of PPACA will survive […]

July 15, 2016 - News

The American Journal of Managed Care published a Leavitt Partners paper – authored by David Muhlestein, Tianna Tu, Kate de Lisle, and Tom Merrill – entitled “Hospital Participation in ACOs Associated With Other Value-Based Program Improvement.” The paper analyzes whether hospital participation in an accountable care organization (ACO) is associated with a hospital’s quality and […]

June 9, 2016 - Accountable Care Blog

As a former primary care clinic manager and COO of a medical group engaged in value-based contracts, I was excited to see CMS’ announcement on Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). I welcome this shift in Medicare primary care payments away from the quagmire of Fee-For Service (FFS) and into the higher ground of partial capitation, […]

June 7, 2016 - Press Releases

Leavitt Partners releases “Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+): Transformational Physician Managed Care,” a white paper that assesses the recently announced CPC+ initiative and its implications on various segments of the health care industry.  Salt Lake City, June 7, 2016 — The “Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+): Transformational Physician Managed Care” white paper, released today, lays […]

January 20, 2016 - Accountable Care Blog

After what felt like a long wait, on January 11th CMS finally announced the 2016 Medicare ACO participants. The announcement included the first group of Next Generation ACO (NGACO) participants and the newest cohort (the sixth overall) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). With this update, CMS now has 477 ACOs participating across four […]

October 1, 2015 - Blog

Over the last several years, we’ve heard countless times about how health care spending in the U.S. has become unsustainable. Despite slowed health care spending growth over the past few years, growth is expected to pick up for future years. To put the magnitude of the expected growth into context, it’s anticipated that if current […]

September 29, 2015 - Events

On October 22, 2015, Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) convened a strategic tabletop exercise of influential stakeholders to explore and discuss current trends surrounding the ACO movement. Participants found general consensus on some fundamental assumptions and the belief statements below represent the three top conclusions from this group.  However, it is important to note that there […]

June 16, 2015 - Blog

In contrast to the 13 ACOs that very publicly left the Pioneer program, 27 participants have quietly disappeared from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Research by Leavitt Partners has found that while some of these MSSP ACOs have indeed left the program, most of the “missing ACOs” are the result of mergers with other […]

May 12, 2015 - Press Releases

  Salt Lake City, May 12, 2015 —Through a series of issue briefs, Leavitt Partners in collaboration with six partner organizations detail how Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) impact key stakeholders, outlining both the benefits and challenges associated with accountable care arrangements.  These organizations provided valuable perspectives on how the accountable care movement has or will […]

March 11, 2015 - Blog

On the first day of December, 2014 CMS released a proposed rule to update the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the most prominent of the ACO programs being promulgated by the federal and various state governments. As a team, we devoured the 429-page rule, splitting it up along certain topics like attribution and financial model options; […]

February 6, 2015 - Blog

Just last week, CMS announced that it would like to transition Medicare to value-based payments at a quicker pace.  The government will evaluate whether patients are getting healthier through measurement, while having the goal of delivering half of all Medicare payments through value-based arrangements by 2018.[1] While the ambition of transitioning payments towards value isn’t […]

September 1, 2014 -

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are financially accountable for the cost and quality outcomes of a population, in many cases, even when services are delivered by a separate health care organization. Because of this, ACOs have a vested interest to coordinate care across the entire care continuum. To influence outcomes beyond their doors, ACOs utilize care coordinators, HIT tools, and form partnerships with […]

August 28, 2014 - Blog

Hospitals and physicians have become more focused on the implementation of care coordination tactics among their organizational entities.

February 13, 2014 - Blog

By becoming active participants in the emergence of Accountable Care Organizations, employers can shape ACO priorities and business decisions and thereby secure potential value for their own organizations.

November 15, 2013 - Blog

Matthew Petersen, Analyst at Leavitt Partners, sheds light on an often overlooked provision in the Affordable Care Act, Pediatric Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Projects.

November 1, 2013 - Press Releases

The Accountable Care Cooperative convenes senior industry leaders to discuss challenges and best practices regarding the accountable care movement.

July 31, 2013 - News

Three members of the Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence team, Andrew Croshaw, David Muhlestein, and Tom Merrill, have co-authored a recently published an article in the American Journal of Managed Care.

The article, Risk Bearing and Use of Fee-for-Service Billing Among Accountable Care Organizations, is based on interviews with 57 ACOs and offers insights into the willingness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to bear finical risk for the health care they provide.

The authors report that 71 percent of the studied ACOs bear financial risk for at least a portion of their ACO population while 45 percent have their entire ACO population covered under a risk-bearing arrangement.

Additionally, they found that 92 percent of ACOs continue to use fee-for-service payments as a basis for a portion of their ACO contracts.

July 25, 2013 - News

The American Journal of Managed Care published an article authored by Andrew Croshaw, David Muhlestein and Tom Merrill on July 24. The article, “Risk Bearing and Use of Fee-for-Service Billing Among Accountable Care Organizations” offer insights into the willingness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to bear finical risk for the health care they provide.

June 24, 2013 - Accountable Care White Papers

Accountable care organizations have be-come an emphasis in health policy circles, but some feel they represent the return of 1990s managed care. Accountable care, however, represents a fundamental rethinking of how care is delivered rather than a narrow focus on costs. By studying the efforts of over 400 organizations experimenting with ac-countable care, we have […]

June 4, 2013 - Blog

Douglas Hervey, Coordinator of ACO Research at Leavitt Partners, discusses the four critical components of successful ACOs.

March 21, 2013 - News Press Releases

The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence and Dr. Brent James, chief quality officer at Intermountain Healthcare, have coauthored and released a white paper entitled “The Accountable Care Paradigm: More Than Just Managed Care 2.0. Drawing from an ongoing study by Leavitt Partners of more than 400 U.S. ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations), along with […]

March 1, 2013 -

Accountable care organizations have be-come an emphasis in health policy circles, but some feel they represent the return of 1990s managed care. Accountable care, however, represents a fundamental rethinking of how care is delivered rather than a narrow focus on costs. By studying the efforts of over 400 organizations experimenting with ac-countable care, we have […]

November 29, 2011 - News Press Releases

Leavitt Partners’ Center for ACO Intelligence, which tracks national and regional trends related to ACOs and other emerging care delivery systems, released a white paper today entitled Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations. This is the first report of its kind regarding the types and locations of ACOs. The report provides data-driven insights into the evolution […]

May 24, 2016 - News

Leavitt Partners “Ten Early Takeaways from the Medicare Shared Savings ACO Program” whitepaper was highlighted in a RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “Mixed Results for MSSP Accountable Care Organization Saving.” The article extensively quotes data from the whitepaper and notes that while the transition to value-based care will “require patients and culture and practice-related adjustments over a generation…the numbers from this report do show that the MSSP experience pays off in earned savings and better quality over time.”

May 9, 2016 - News

An Open Minds executive briefing entitled “ACOs & Hospitals – The Changing Landscape” references the Leavitt Partners Taxonomy of Accountable Care Organizations. The briefing notes that “Another variable is hospital ownership of ACOs. While definitions vary, the taxonomy developed by Leavitt Partners identifies six types of ACOs – three led by physician groups and three led by hospitals” and provides a description of the physician-led and hospital-led models.

May 9, 2016 - News

The “Accountable Care Organizations in 2016: Private and Public-Sector Growth And Dispersion” paper co-authored by David Muhlestein and Mark McClellan, and published in Health Affairs Blog, was highlighted in a HealthPayerIntelligence article entitled “Accountable Care Organizations Keep Growing Across US.”

April 28, 2016 - News

The Leavitt Partners and Accountable Care Learning Collaborative white paper “Accountable Care Organizations in 2016: Private and Public-Sector Growth And Dispersion” was featured in a CMIO article entitled “Number of ACOs increasing, but some regions seeing slow growth” and a Becker’s Hospital Review article entitled “ACOs flourish or fail in these 27 states.”

March 8, 2016 - News

A new Health Affairs article entitled “Hospitals Participating In ACOs Tend To Be Large And Urban, Allowing Access To Capital And Data” discusses the impact that involving hospitals in the operation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) can have on improving health care quality and lowering cost growth. The article, co-authored by David Muhlestein, used primary data on ACO composition and capabilities paired with hospital characteristics to examine the relationship between hospitals and ACOs in various settings.

February 11, 2016 - News

An EHR Intelligence article entitled “Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers” referred to the Leavitt Partners “Project Growth of Accountable Care Organizations” white paper. The article notes that “According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the number of lives covered by ACOs totaled an estimated 23.2 million. What’s more, the federal government’s commitment to value-based reimbursement — such as Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) — is fueling prediction of 500-percent growth in lives covered by ACOs by 2020.”

January 13, 2016 - News

Leavitt Partners “Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations” whitepaper was referenced in a RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “CMS Says 121 New Medicare ACO Participants Advance Quality.” The article includes the number of lives covered by ACOs, and notes ““Value-based care delivery models designed to improve the financial and quality outcomes of health care organizations have been the focus of the health care discussion for several years.”

January 6, 2016 - News

Leavitt Partners’ “Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations” whitepaper was showcased in a RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “4 Fresh Accountable Care Organization Growth Predictions.” The article notes several key findings from the report, including the number of lives covered by ACOs, and highlights the baseline and widespread support scenarios.

December 30, 2015 - News

Leavitt Partners’ “Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations” white paper was highlighted in a Becker’s Hospital Review article entitled “How will ACOs grow over time?” The article notes that Leavitt Partners estimates that there are 23.3 million lives covered by ACOs and shares seven key findings from the report. The paper was also referenced in a HealthIT Analytics article entitled “176M May Be Covered by Accountable Care Organizations by 2020.”

December 11, 2015 - News

A new AJMC article entitled “The Pediatric ACO: A New Frontier in Accountable Care” references Leavitt Partners research. The article states that “The number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continues to grow, with more than 700 in place across the country, according to Leavitt Partners”.

September 29, 2015 - News

Leavitt Partners ACO intelligence was referenced in a Becker’s Hospital Review article highlighting a variety of Medicare and commercial payer ACOs. The article, entitled “100 accountable care organizations to know | 2015” states that “The estimated number of ACOs in public and private programs tops 740, according to Leavitt Partners, and if trends continue, ACOs have the potential to cover at least 75 million lives.”

September 22, 2015 - News

The Washington Examiner cited Leavitt Partners’ ACO intelligence in a recent article entitled “Study: Obamacare hurting vulnerable hospitals.” The article specifically notes that “Since 2011, nearly 750 healthcare organizations have converted to become accountable care organizations.”

September 22, 2015 - News

Last week, Leavitt Partners released a new white paper examining the growth of Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) in three key areas. The paper was picked up by FierceHealthPayer and Becker’s Hospital Review.

September 14, 2015 - News

The Washington Examiner cited Leavitt Partners’ ACO intelligence in a recent article entitled “Study: Obamacare hurting vulnerable hospitals.” The article specifically notes that “Since 2011, nearly 750 healthcare organizations have converted to become accountable care organizations.”

March 3, 2015 - News

A Mainebiz article entitled “Health care ‘pioneer’: Beacon Health ACO tackles health care’s ‘triple aim’ challenge” cited Leavitt Partner’s “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: June 2014 Update” white paper.

December 5, 2014 - News

A Hospitals & Health Networks Daily article entitled “Rapidly Growing Physician Super Group Could be Coming to Your Market Soon” cited the
Leavitt Partners “A Taxonomy of Accountable Care Organizations” white paper.

Paul Gardner was interviewed for the article and cautioned that “Hospital-led ACOs shouldn’t try to become physician-led ACOs. They should take advantage of the opportunities that they have, recognize what their strengths are and do what’s best for them”

October 24, 2014 - News

On Monday, The Brookings Institution hosted a four-panel forum on health care policy and accountable care organizations (ACOs). David Muhlestein participated in the second panel where health care policy experts gave an update on the status of ACOs.

June 20, 2014 - News

MedCity News referenced the Leavitt Partners “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: June 2014 Update” in an article discussing Farzad Mostashari’s, the former head of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, newly formed company called Aledade that seeks to help doctors for ACOs.

June 3, 2014 - Blog

Dr. David Muhlestein and Mathew Petersen, both of whom participate in Leavitt Partners’ ongoing research with Accountable Care Organizations, co-author ACO Results: What We Know So Far. The release of this article was spotlighted in Health Affairs.

May 30, 2014 - News

Leavitt Partners Center for ACO Intelligence data was cited in a recent iHealthBeat article examining how ACOs are tackling security challenges. The article cites the estimated size of the ACO population contained in the “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update” and provides a link to the Leavitt Partners press release.

February 4, 2014 - News

David Muhlestein, Director of Research at Leavitt Partners, published another piece in the Health Affairs Blog on the results from the early Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The article examines current ACOs, CMS’s perspective, “ACOs-in-waiting,” and the future of the shared savings program.

December 12, 2013 - Blog

While Accountable Care Organizations have proliferated extensively over the past three years, the model’s widespread adoption hasn’t prevented criticism. Critics, however, may not be taking the entire landscape into account.

November 25, 2013 - Blog

Across the country, hospitals and health systems are transitioning to accountable care organizations (ACOs). Douglas Hervey, Coordinator of ACO Research, details the challenges involved.

November 15, 2013 - News

A chart from the “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update”, authored by Matthew Petersen, David Muhlestein, and Paul Gardner, was cited in an AcademyHealth Blog. The chart compares the Medicare vs. non-Medicare growth of ACOs over time.

October 29, 2013 - Blog

Many have said, “If you have seen one ACO, you have seen one ACO”. David Muhlestein, Director of Research at Leavitt Partners, characterizes four central functions of an accountable care organization.

June 21, 2012 - Blog

The creation of accountable care organizations happens to be one of the most talked about provisions in PPACA, but are they a big deal? Yes!

July 5, 2016 - News

A HealthPayerIntelligence article entitled “How to Strengthen Accountable Care Organizations, MSSP” noted that “More than 800 accountable care organizations are currently operating around the United States, according to a study conducted by Leavitt Partners and the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative. Additionally, more than 1,000 partnerships are currently negotiating ACO contracts. In fact, accountable care organizations […]

June 21, 2016 - Press Releases

Salt Lake City, June 16, 2016 — Leavitt Partners is pleased to announce that the firm will present nine research posters at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Boston, MA June 26-28, 2016. The Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the premier forum for health services research, with a program designed specifically for health services researchers, […]

June 13, 2016 - News

A Hospitals and Health Network article entitled “All Roads Lead to Population Health Management” cited Leavitt Partners ACO data. The article notes: “Approximately 750 accountable care organizations are in operation today, covering some 23.5 million lives covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Although still in the learning stages, many ACOs have had notable success […]

June 6, 2016 - News

A HealthPayerIntelligence article entitled “What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?” cited the Health Affairs Blog co-authored by David Muhlestein and Mark McClellan. The article states: “A study conducted by Leavitt Partners and the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative showed that the number of ACOs had grown 12.6 percent from January 2015 to January 2016.”

February 10, 2016 - Events

  You are invited to join Health Intelligence Partners for a virtual collaborative discussion on Thursday, March 24, 2016  from 2-3pm ET as we dive into the most recent developments and trends surrounding bundled payment initiatives and CJR. Agenda includes Background and history of bundled payments Comprehensive Care for Join Replacement overview and update Physician perspective to […]

September 10, 2015 - Press Releases

Leavitt Partners releases “The Rise and Future of Medicaid ACOs,” which contains a state-by-state landscape analysis Salt Lake City, September [9], 2015 — No two models nor markets are alike, and the pace and prevalence of Medicaid accountable care growth will largely depend on states’ ability to generate savings and successfully overcome common and unique […]

September 1, 2015 - Blog

Congress is enthusiastic about mental health reform. House and Senate members introduced three bipartisan bills this year, each with the goal to help ease access to health care for those with mental illness. The bills signal progress towards more mental health awareness. But, will these proposals actually fix fragmentation within mental health services? As we’ve […]

June 15, 2015 - Blog

Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) are a vital part of the U.S. health care system.  They train doctors, find new treatments and cures, and in many cases, care for the sickest and most complex patients at their facilities. AMCs also provide important community services, and are critical to America’s safety net. AMCs in today’s world of […]

April 2, 2015 - Events

For nearly five years, Leavitt Partners has led the nation in tracking and analyzing the growth and geographic dispersion of Medicare, Medicaid and commercially formed Accountable Care Organizations. Newly released numbers through the Health Affairs Blog note that: 744 ACOs now exist in all 50 states and cover 23.5 million lives 132 different health insurance […]

July 31, 2014 - Blog

Personalized medicine is a rapidly advancing field of that is informed by each person’s unique clinical, genetic, genomic, and environmental information.

April 10, 2014 - Blog

Retailers potentially have the know-how and resources necessary to take traditional marketing efforts and apply them to population health management.

April 2, 2014 - Blog

Cost and quality metrics are integral parts of the accountable care movement; this makes attribution essential to successful reporting.

March 1, 2014 - Blog

Traditionally siloed entities such as payers, provider groups, and hospitals are coming together under accountable care organizations (ACO) to provide value-based health care. Defined simply, an ACO is an entity that shares or assumes financial risk for a patient population while meeting defined quality metrics. The configuration of ACOs varies widely and may involve differing combinations of provider and non-provider participants. This […]

January 14, 2014 - Blog

For providers to truly succeed in an age that necessitates interoperability and standardization, the following solutions can avoid unnecessary headaches.

December 19, 2013 - Press Releases

The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases new white paper entitled “Geographic Distribution of ACO Covered Lives’”

December 6, 2013 - Blog

Physician practices have the potential to encourage hospitals to compete on price and quality for the allegiance of physician sponsored ACOs

December 1, 2013 - Blog

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been developed throughout the country, but the total size of the population covered by public and private ACOs is largely unknown. In this paper we present estimates of ACO penetration throughout the country. Despite a recent slowdown, ACOs have continued to proliferate and more lives are being covered by accountable care contracts than ever before. ACOs […]

September 4, 2013 - Blog

When patients and physicians apply shared-decision making, quality and satisfaction go up while costs go down.

November 30, 2012 - News Press Releases

SALT LAKE CITY, (November 29, 2012) — A comprehensive and cutting-edge report co-authored by Leavitt Partners and KLAS Research shares detailed information about the structure, maturity, partnerships, practice and payment arrangements of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) throughout the country. The report, which represents the culmination of months of survey research and analysis, is based on a […]

July 12, 2012 - Blog

David Smith is an Analyst at Leavitt Partners, where he performs extensive research analysis of the payer practice. Mr. Smith also assists the firm in tracking economic and government budget indicators.

June 7, 2012 - News Press Releases

Accountable Care Organizations, commonly referred to as ACOs, now stretch across 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In total, 221 ACOs have been identified — a 38 percent increase compared to those identified just six months ago. ACO activity in the private sector outnumbers the government sector by a factor of four to […]

February 16, 2011 - Blog

By Lauren Kelley. As the House prepares to vote on the Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 Federal budget, and as Congress reviews President Obama’s FY2012 budget proposal, I’d like to share my perspective on Community Health Centers. Currently, the House is considering a $1.3 billion reduction in Federal funding for Community Health Centers in FY2011. […]

March 14, 2016 - Blog Market Research

With the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program starting April 1, approximately 800 hospitals in 67 locations will be entering a mandatory bundled payments program, testing their competency against risk-based payment and hoping to achieve savings. Many wonder how these hospitals will perform under CJR for bundled payment joint replacement surgeries, as it will […]

March 1, 2016 - Blog

As the number of CMS ACOs continues to increase, the future of accountable care appears to be positive. With a net increase of 121 ACOs in January 2016, the now 477 CMS ACOs represent 49 states and 8.9 million lives. A number of the established ACOs have also opted for more risk. Seven former Pioneer […]

February 11, 2016 - Blog

Earlier this year, CMS announced a new clinical-community collaboration program to overcome the unmet social needs of beneficiaries. The Accountable Health Communities Model (AHC) will examine whether systematically identifying and attempting to address health-related social needs of beneficiaries through referral and community navigation services can impact health care costs, reduce inpatient and outpatient health care […]

September 16, 2015 - Blog

The meaning behind “population health” has garnered diverse and varied definitions among health care stakeholders across the country. Some experts have thought that population health refers to a concept of public health’s responsibility for the overall health of a community. While other stakeholders have believed that population health refers more specifically to an organization’s accountability […]

April 1, 2015 - News

Leavitt Partners has released updated counts on the growth of ACOs through the Health Affairs Blog. The blog notes that through the end of January 2015, 744 ACOs now exist in all 50 states and cover 23.5 million. While Medicare ACOs play an important role, 132 different health insurance payers now have at least one accountable care contract indicating how broadly the model has expanded. Leavitt Partners has also projected the most likely growth of ACOs and estimate that 72 million people could be covered by ACO contracts by 2020. (Blog here) The blog was reported on by RevCycleIntellignece

March 24, 2015 - Blog

As technology continues its rapid advance, telemedicine is becoming much more relevant as a means of expanding care delivery options.  While telemedicine is limited in its scope for certain services, it continues to evolve as a key component in primary care as organizations seek to more efficiently and effectively manage the care of their patient […]

March 11, 2014 - Press Releases

The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases “Optimized Medication Use: A Growing Priority for ACOs”, a white paper on the increasing priority being given to medication use strategies within ACOs

December 12, 2013 - Blog

Mientras que las Organizaciones Responsable por el Cuidado de la Salud (ACO)han proliferado en los últimos tres años, la adopción extendida del modelo no ha prevenido criticismo. Críticos, sin embargo, no siempre toman en cuenta la panorama entera. En mi papel como encargado de la investigación primaria en El Centro para la Inteligencia del Cuidado […]

October 10, 2013 - Blog

Paul Gardner, Senior Analyst at Leavitt Partners, shares ways in which ACOs can effectively incentivize high-performing providers within a shared savings contracting arrangement.

August 20, 2013 - Blog

Physician and hospital organizations are evaluating new delivery models that offer the prospect of materially improving the quality and financial viability of care delivery in rural communities.

August 8, 2013 - Blog

Douglas Hervey, Coordinator of ACO Research, offers 12 questions intended to help physicians evaluate a variety of value-based contracting strategies.

July 23, 2013 - Blog

Douglas Hervey, Coordinator of ACO research at Leavitt Partners, outlines six key takeaways from Medicare’s first year report on thier Shared Savings Program.

July 9, 2013 - Blog

As many as nine of 32 Pioneer ACOs may exit the program and at least four have started to notify providers. This begs the question, “Is it time to panic?” The answer, “No.”

February 6, 2013 - News Press Releases

Leavitt Partners has launched LP Health Speakers, an experienced and knowledgeable selection of health care visionaries and thought leaders who are available to deliver keynote addresses, moderate and participate in panels, speak at retreats, facilitate strategic discussions and conferences, and brief senior executive teams. The firm is pleased to feature more than a dozen health care […]

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