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November 21st, 2017

A Provider magazine article entitled “Medicare Advantage Marketplace Snapshot Offers Clues to Providers” provides a detailed overview of the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper. The article states, “Amid moves by some long term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) providers to expand into health insurance through the marketing of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to residents, a new report by Leavitt Partners offers a glimpse of how the MA marketplace functions, and how the lack of real competition impacts consumers. This insight may give interested providers a deeper view of the opportunities and challenges the increasingly popular MA trade offers.”

November 21st, 2017

A Chicago Tribune article entitled “Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit” includes commentary from Governor Leavitt regarding the Trump administration hiring staff who previously served in the Bush administration. “These are complex jobs and the time is limited,” said Governor Leavitt. “If everyone has to learn it anew the chances of implementing an agenda are substantially reduced and the quality of government isn’t as good.”

November 21st, 2017

A FierceHealthcare article entitled “Study: Medicare Advantage premiums higher in markets with less payer, hospital competition” highlights the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper. The article references a few of the key findings and states, “Given these findings, researchers said policies that encourage competition, monitor current levels of competition and deter decreases in competition may help avoid future premium increases for MA beneficiaries.”

November 2nd, 2017

Leavitt Partners “Growth Of ACOs And Alternative Payment Models In 2017” Health Affairs Blog was referenced in a RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “29% of Healthcare Payments Under Alternative Payment Models.” The article states, “Ninety-two new organizations started operating as ACOs in 2016, bringing the total number of ACOs to 923 nationwide by the start of 2017, a recent Leavitt Partners and Accountable Care Learning Collaborative analysis stated.”

November 2nd, 2017

David Muhlestein was interviewed for a Modern Healthcare article entitled “CMS loses money as Medicare ACOs remain risk-averse” examining the most recent federal data on the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). “If everyone were at risk, it would have been a profitable year (for the CMS),” David said. He also noted that a $39 million loss (just 0.05 percent of the costs) is quite low for Medicare.

November 2nd, 2017

An American Journal of Managed Care article entitled “Navigating the Politics of the Healthcare Landscape” provides a recap of Clay Alspach’s remarks at the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition® Meeting on October 27. Clay addressed the current status of the ACA repeal and replace efforts, expiring health programs, and drug pricing and importation. “The rule of the past 12 months has been to prepare and expect the unexpected,” Clay said.

November 2nd, 2017

In an HFMA article entitled “In the Wake of Hurricanes, Hospitals Should Revisit Their Emergency Preparedness Plans,” Lia Winfield discusses seven key points hospitals should address as they revisit their hospital emergency plans: self-sufficiency, communication, reputation, staff, leadership, finances, and mental health. Lia aggregated the key takeaways from governmental and academic reports. She also cites Governor Leavitt’s previous pandemic and emergency preparedness publications.

October 27th, 2017

David Muhlestein commented on the most recent Shared Savings and Pioneer ACO model results for a Bloomberg BNA article entitled “Coordinated Care Models Save Medicare Big Bucks.” “Hospitals and physicians are continuing to join these models as they realize health care will eventually be paid on value-based payments,” David said. “Many ACOs are just starting to get used to the programs, therefore earning more savings”. The commentary was also referenced in a McKnight’s Long-term Care News article entitled “ACOs saved Medicare more than $700 million in 2016”.

October 26th, 2017

According to a Healthcare Informatics article entitled “Specialty Societies to MedPAC: MIPS Should Stay Put,” the Alliance of Specialty Medicine referenced the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Not Every Provider Has a Path Forward” white paper in a letter to MedPAC noting its opposition to the commission’s recent suggestion to repeal the Merit-based Incentive […]

October 25th, 2017

A Becker’s Hospital Review article entitled “Leavitt Partners: Costs in individual market converging with group markets, but premiums lag” highlights the Leavitt Partners “Nationally, Individual and Group Market Costs Increasingly Similar” white paper. The article provides a brief overview of the study and notes the difference between the 2010 and 2016 claim costs per member per month for the individual market vs. group market.

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