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December 11th, 2017

The latest information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)[1] on the number of plan selections for the current Open Enrollment Period (EOP) has been a positive sign for stakeholders that are hoping for a large and stable enrollment cycle. While the number of plan selections has been higher than in the previous […]

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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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November 28th, 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.”

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November 28th, 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.”

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November 28th, 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.”

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November 28th, 2017

A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “MSSP ACOs Improve Care Quality, Struggle to Realize Savings” highlights the “Medicare Accountable Care Organization Results for 2016: Seeing Improvement, Transformation Takes Time” Health Affairs Blog co-authored by David Muhlestein. The article outlines the study’s key findings, includes three of the study’s exhibits, and links to the original piece.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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November 15th, 2017

As health care costs continue to consume an increasingly large share of the federal budget and impact Americans’ personal finances, it is important to understand the various drivers of those costs. The literature documents how higher levels of concentration (lack of competition) among commercial payers and providers contributes to higher premiums for commercial health plans. Less well understood, however, is the relationship between the concentration of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in a market and MA premiums. Our paper uses a fixed-effects, multivariate regression to evaluate the association of both MA plan concentration and health system concentration on MA premiums. We found that increased concentration (lower competition) in the MA insurance market was associated with higher MA premiums and that if all beneficiaries were in markets at least as competitive as the average market today, they would pay nearly $200 million less in annual premiums. We also found that the highest premiums were in markets that lacked competition among MA payers and hospital markets, suggesting the interaction between MA insurer concentration and hospital system concentration matters. Our findings suggest that maintaining or increasing current levels of competition is necessary for controlling MA premiums.

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