Leavitt Partners Blog

CJR: Playing the Waiting Game
June 6, 2017

On April 1, 2016, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model program took effect, affecting roughly 800 hospitals across 67 markets.  Prior to the program becoming active, Leavitt Partners published a blog post stating, “Time will tell whether hospitals and providers will succeed with quality improvements and savings generation under this new program.” One […]

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Maryland and Vermont: Lessons in Health Care Reform
June 5, 2017

Introduction During the 1970s, in an effort to limit rising health care expenditures, several states adopted various forms of all-payer rate-setting models, where all payers pay the same price for services at a given facility. Over time, most state models failed and only Maryland’s all-payer hospital rate-setting system remains. Recently, there is renewed interest in […]

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So You’re Thinking about Bundling: Where to Start & With Whom
May 15, 2017

Bundled payments are a great option for organizations that are interested in taking on risk, but don’t have the appetite to form an ACO. Bundle payments group costs associated with a particular treatment or episode of care, offering health systems a longitudinal look at the care cycle that can help them efficiently allocate resources. The CMS Bundled […]

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The “Exit Polls”: Initial Thoughts on PTAC’s First Meeting
May 11, 2017

Background The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a process whereby physicians and other stakeholder entities can design physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) that fit with their clinical practices, while also providing better outcomes for patients, and recommend such models to the Health and Human Services Secretary (the Secretary) for consideration and/or further […]

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The MACRA All-Payer Advanced APM Pathway: System-Wide Implications
May 3, 2017

Background The Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA is now more than three months underway into the first payment year. However, there are still many nuances of the program, specifically under the multi-payer Advanced APM option, that payers —including commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid — and clinicians need to understand before they can begin collaborating, […]

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The Future of Medicaid
May 1, 2017

The Affordable Care Act turned Medicaid into America’s largest public health care coverage program. While the volume associated with this growing program created increasing opportunities for providers, health systems, health plans, and vendors, these same stakeholders shouldn’t write off opportunities in Medicaid now simply because of the change in direction at the federal level. Instead, […]

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Bundles: Not Just for Your Cable and Internet
April 27, 2017

Bundle payment models, including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI), are an important part of the episode-based health care value transformation.  However, they are also under increased scrutiny, in part due to strong concerns among some Republicans regarding mandatory models as well as the idea that they do little to curb the volume […]

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Torch Insight: A Revolutionary Way to Look at Health Care Markets
April 25, 2017

Today, businesses striving to understand health care markets purchase siloed data. While data exists on individual industries (provider, payer, pharmaceutical, etc.), the data lacks the key connections needed to provide visibility into the relationships between those industries and how markets actually operate. Imagine buying individual strands of dried spaghetti from many sellers, binding them together, […]

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