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February 20th, 2018

During the first year of the Trump administration, states have grappled with many unanswered questions regarding the new administration’s views on value-based payments (VBPs) and how it would approach state-led or Medicaid based payment reform initiatives. These include to what extent existing efforts will continue to be supported or renewed, what mechanisms states can or should use to implement VBPs (e.g., DSRIP programs, 1115 waivers, 1115A waivers), what financial support will be available, and how much flexibility the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant states in designing and funding innovative models. In the past eight months, CMS has revealed what it will look for in these initiatives moving forward, such as a desire to support state innovation. This paper provides a historical perspective on VBPs, including the health care system’s move away from payment models based on fee-for-service, and an overview of state models focused on value and quality. The paper also outlines the Trump administration’s key signals to date and how they might impact state VBP efforts in 2018 and beyond.

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February 20th, 2018

Salt Lake City, February 20, 2018 –Today, Leavitt Partners released “Value-Based Payment in Medicaid: Signals for States,” a white paper that outlines the Trump administration’s key signals to date and how they might impact state value-based payment (VBP) efforts in 2018 and beyond.

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February 9th, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 10am – 3pm ET Leavitt Partners *NEW* Offices 601 New Jersey Ave, NW, Suite 350 Washington, D.C. 20001 In the aftermath of repeal and replace, individual insurance markets in the states are struggling to stabilize. The current political directive is for states to innovate how they see fit. Which innovations are likely […]

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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.

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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.

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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)

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January 29th, 2018

As health care spending in the U.S. reaches unsustainable levels, the value-based reform movement seeks to rein in costs and improve quality. Amid these reform efforts, it is necessary to assess the current state of health care and how different stakeholders approach health care’s challenges and solutions. Leavitt Partners surveyed physicians, employers, and consumers across the nation to better understand their perspectives in today’s complicated, challenging, and changing health care system. Physicians, employers, and consumers all agree that fundamental changes are needed to make the U.S. health system work better; however, physicians and employers disagree on which payment reform efforts will work, who is responsible for driving reform, and which are the most important barriers to overcome. Consumers express the need for fundamental, systemic changes to the health care system, yet report satisfaction with their individual health care, including their health insurance plan. Understanding where these groups agree and disagree enhances our knowledge of the state of health care today and the best next steps for tomorrow.

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January 29th, 2018

Salt Lake City, January 29, 2018 –Today, Leavitt Partners Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) released “The State of Health Care Today: How Physicians, Consumers, and Employers View Health Care Costs, Outcomes, and Reform Efforts,” a white paper that examines physician, consumer, and employer attitudes toward both the health care system generally and reform efforts designed to contain costs and improve quality.

The paper discusses findings from national surveys of physicians, consumers, and employer benefit decision-makers. Leavitt Partners administered the surveys through Qualtrics between May 25, 2017 and July 14, 2017. Key takeaways include:
1. Physicians, employer benefit decision-makers, and consumers all agree that fundamental changes are needed to make the U.S. health care system work better.
2. Cost is a top concern for all three stakeholders.
3. Physicians and employer benefit decision-makers agree that certain efforts will help contain costs, including increased cost transparency, better care management for heavy-utilizers of care, and more emphasis on prevention and wellness.
4. Employer benefit decision-makers are much more optimistic than physicians that bundled-payments and accountable care organizations (ACOs) will help to contain costs.

Insights from this report show that although cost is a priority for all stakeholders, disagreement exists on the best ways to reduce costs. These conflicting views suggest that greater alignment of incentives across stakeholders is important to effectively move health care reform forward. “It is complicated to try to align incentives to solve cost problems when not all stakeholders see the cost problem in the same way,” remarked David Muhlestein, Leavitt Partners Chief Research Officer.

“Too often the voices of those who are using the health care system, working in it, or paying the bills are not heard,” said Jennifer Colamonico, Senior Director of HIP. “These surveys help strategic planners understand how changes in the health care system are being received by those who are affected most directly.”

The white paper can be viewed here.

About Health Intelligence Partners
Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) is a trusted health intelligence advisory service that supports decision making in the value economy. HIP is a membership community for health care leaders in strategic roles across policy, advocacy, and business circles, and provides analysis of action and reaction both inside and outside the Beltway. HIP surveys of health care stakeholders add strategic insights by presenting the voices of those living and working in our health care system.

About Leavitt Partners:
Leavitt Partners is a health care intelligence business. The firm helps clients successfully navigate the evolving role of value in health care by informing, advising, and convening industry leaders on value market analytics, alternative payment models, federal strategies, insurance market insights, and alliances. Through its family of businesses, the firm provides investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and direct services to clients to support decision-making strategies in the value economy. For more information please visit www.LeavittPartners.com.

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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.

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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.

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