Leavitt Partners Blog

2019 Leavitt Partners Annual Strategy Conference Recap
August 12, 2019

This week we would like to highlight the Leavitt Partners Annual Strategy Conference, which took place August 1-2 in Chicago. The almost 200 representatives—including health system leaders, strategists from health care solutions companies, and C-suite level decision makers from pharmaceutical and payer organizations—gathered to discuss a strategic framework, key information & perspectives, as well as […]

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Are ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Narrowing Their PAC Networks?
May 23, 2019

Since the inception of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), affiliated health care stakeholders have experimented with various methods to help them achieve their goal of coordinating high-quality and cost-efficient care. ACOs were first implemented within the Medicare payment system in 2012, and ACO leaders continue to test care delivery transformation innovations to enable further opportunities for […]

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One Step Closer to Value-based Care: CMMI Announces New Primary Care Payment Models
May 6, 2019

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced what Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called “an historic turning point in American health care:” the Primary Cares Initiative. This series of primary care-focused payment models—designed to transform primary care payments more directly to reward value—will test five new payment model options […]

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Health Intelligence Partners: February Market Signals Briefing
March 18, 2019

Amidst a constant stream of new health care headlines and developments, sound bites on health care from 2020 candidates, and state and federal health care policy activity, which are the stories and the signals that matter? In February, Leavitt Partners launched its first Market Signals Briefing webinar—a new bimonthly webinar series produced by Health Intelligence […]

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Implications of the 2018 Midterm Elections
November 16, 2018

Health care was a central issue in this year’s midterm elections. In the days after the election, many have speculated on what the results mean for U.S. health care policy. Since the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the Democrats took control of the House, some see the next two years as a time […]

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Paying for Poor Choices
October 23, 2018

Early this year former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers made a case for taxing sugary drinks and cigarettes to deter individuals from consuming products that lead to obesity and chronic disease. Taxing such products could gain importance as policy makers consider comprehensive coverage policies such as “Medicare for all.” The reason is based both on principle […]

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Medicaid Closed Drug Formularies: A Closed Door or a Path Forward?
October 2, 2018

As we noted in July, CMS declined Massachusetts’ Medicaid 1115 demonstration request to establish a closed formulary.  The proposed program would have given Massachusetts the ability to exclude certain FDA-approved drugs from coverage and thereby given the state additional leverage in negotiating rebates.  The state and drug manufacturers would have otherwise continued to be subject […]

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A Uniquely American Health System
August 16, 2018

As the United States continues to move toward a value-based health care system, significant challenges slow down our progress. Political pressure exists from all sides, incentives have yet to be appropriately aligned, and the pressing need to change stakeholder behavior remains a time-sensitive imperative. Solving these challenges requires going beyond admiring the challenges to implementing […]

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