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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the CDC, in 2015 over 33,000 people died from opioid overdose in the United States, and in 2013 prescription opioid abuse cost the U.S. economy approximately $78.5 billion in costs related to health care, crime, and loss of productivity. Opioid abuse and the related overdose deaths […]
Given the well-publicized challenges with the individual market, carriers’ product development and pricing process for 2018 has been particularly difficult. In an effort to give insurers some reprieve, last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the deadline for issuers to make changes to their rate filings from August 16 to September 5. However, […]
In the U.S., a person’s health status is impacted by a variety of factors such as race/ethnicity, disability status, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and more. These differences in society are linked to inequalities in health status that are referred to as health care disparities. The CDC defines health disparities as “preventable differences […]
Dual eligibles, individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, are among the highest-need, highest cost patients in the United States. Although it is difficult to determine the exact number of dual eligibles, a 2012 Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that dual eligibles comprise 21 percent of the Medicare population and 15 percent of the Medicaid […]
Where Are ACOs Headed? At this pivotal time in the accountable care movement, future ACO growth will determine whether accountable care moves from a series of exploratory programs toward mainstream adoption across the country. A significant contributor to future growth is the success of today’s ACOs and their continued involvement in the ACO model, which […]
Dual-eligible enrollees account for a disproportionately sizeable proportion of spending in both Medicare and Medicaid programs. However, until recently, these nearly 11.5 million[i] enrollees have not been in the spotlight in discussions regarding the move toward value-based payments.
Micro-Hospitals Defined While the health care industry continues to shift from volume to value, costs of inpatient care continue to rise, averaging $2,346 per inpatient per day. Consequently, payers and providers are seeking new ways to reduce hospital length of stay (LOS) and deliver care at less costly locations. One such mechanism is the […]
On May 18, Leavitt Partners Health Intelligence Partners hosted over 25 health care leaders from both the public and private sectors to discuss opportunities for advancing chronic disease prevention and management. Ursula Bauer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Karen DeSalvo, Dr. […]
As telehealth gains traction as a way to deliver health care, Medicare reimbursement remains a major obstacle to broad implementation due in part to scoring methodology from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Rather than decreasing health care costs, CBO’s scoring methodology assumes that telehealth increases utilization and therefore overall costs. Recent legislation on the Hill, […]
On April 1, 2016, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model program took effect, affecting roughly 800 hospitals across 67 markets. Prior to the program becoming active, Leavitt Partners published a blog post stating, “Time will tell whether hospitals and providers will succeed with quality improvements and savings generation under this new program.” One […]