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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”