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February 27th, 2018

A McKnight’s Long-term Care News article entitled “Analysis: ACOs save money by shifting care away from skilled nursing facilities” summarizes the Leavitt Partners and Duke AJAC “Medicare Accountable Care Spending Patterns: Shifting Expenditures Associated With Savings” skilled nursing facilities (SNF) findings. The article specifically notes that a 1-percent decrease in spending on SNFs was accompanied […]

February 27th, 2018

A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “MSSP ACOs Save More By Spending Less on Inpatient, Post-Acute Care” highlights the Leavitt Partners and Duke AJAC “Medicare Accountable Care Spending Patterns: Shifting Expenditures Associated With Savings” piece. The article notes the study’s main findings and quotes the authors’ key takeaways.

February 27th, 2018

David Muhlestein provided his insights into Allegheny Health Network building a new micro hospital in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania for an NPR article entitled “Why Health Care Systems Are Building Micro Hospitals.” “This might be a market that has a lot of commercially insured patients, and commercial insurance tends to pay much higher than Medicare and […]

February 1st, 2018

A Drug Topics article entitled “Pharmacist Integration in Med Use Process Yields Positive Results at ACOs” highlights responses from Chris Wilks regarding the Leavitt Partners “Optimization of Medication Use at Accountable Care Organizations” research. Chris discussed the overall purpose of the study and factors that could influence an ACO’s capabilities for optimizing medications. She noted that as the system transitions to value-based payments, it is essential to optimize medication in order to improve patient outcomes and experience at lower costs. “Accountable care organizations and other risk-bearing provider entities are integral to transforming the healthcare delivery system in the United States,” Chris said.

February 1st, 2018

The Leavitt Partners “The State of Health Care Today: How Physicians, Consumers, and Employers View Health Care Costs, Outcomes, and Reform Efforts” white paper was highlighted in a Cardiovascular Business article entitled “Survey: Physicians skeptical about value-driven payment models.” The article includes notable findings from the surveys and key insights from the authors.

February 1st, 2018

Modern Healthcare featured the Leavitt Partners “The State of Health Care Today: How Physicians, Consumers, and Employers View Health Care Costs, Outcomes, and Reform Efforts” white paper in an article entitled “Most physicians don’t think value-based payment models work.” The article includes some of the paper’s key findings and commentary from David Muhlestein. David noted that physicians’ apprehension toward value-based models is likely due to a lack of experience and engagement in process changes. He advised administrators to discuss value-based models with physicians to help them understand the connection between payment reform and delivery reform. (Article here)

January 17th, 2018

Podcast: David Muhlestein discussed the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper during a Hospital Finance Podcast (HFP). During the podcast, David talked about the data and methods, the results, and potential policy implications.

January 10th, 2018

David Muhlestein provided his insights regarding ACOs taking on risk for a Modern Healthcare article entitled “More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018.” David said, “Certainly (the numbers) are showing that more ACOs are taking on risk, but it’s not going to be mad dash. It is going to be a gradual, sustained movement.” He also noted that while “delivery transformation is really hard,” he expects additional ACOs will migrate to the “risky tracks” as MACRA is fully implemented. “There is certainly continued evidence that organizations are starting to figure this out,” Muhlestein said.

January 5th, 2018

Op-Ed: Former HHS secretaries: Alex Azar is a perfect pick to lead HHS. In this piece, Governor Leavitt and Governor Tommy Thompson recount their experience serving with Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services. They state, “During both of our tenures as HHS Secretary, we had the good fortune to have Azar serve in senior positions during challenging times. We strongly support his nomination to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.”

November 28th, 2017

David Muhlestein provided insight into the latest Medicare Shared Savings Program results for a Crian’s Chicago Business article entitled “How local hospitals led the way in a big Medicare cost-cutting experiment.” Regarding the overall program’s success, David said, “It’s certainly too early to say whether it’s been successful or not.”

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