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March 12th, 2018

Salt Lake City, March 12, 2018 – Strategic provider partnerships are critical for an accountable care organization’s (ACO) economic survival and can add significant value for the consumer. In the March edition of Managed Care Leavitt Partners provides a framework for ACOs to assess individual partners and to determine the types of providers with whom […]

March 7th, 2018

Salt Lake City, March 7, 2018 –Today, Torch InsightTM, Leavitt Partners’ data platform that provides deep insights into health care markets and organizational characteristics of industry sectors, announced a new resource that allows users to see market- and practice-level projections of how many physicians, by specialty, will leave practices in coming years. This new adaptation […]

February 28th, 2018

Salt Lake City, February 28, 2018 – Value-based care is changing how physicians practice medicine and the training they need to practice successfully. Today, Leavitt Partners published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, “Preparing a New Generation of Physicians for a New Kind of Health Care,” that examines how medical schools […]

February 21st, 2018

In two original articles published in The American Journal of Accountable Care, the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners examine quality improvements and cost savings in the first four years of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and suggest opportunities for system-wide improvement. The authors examined outcomes for ACOs over time using the […]

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.

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.

November 15th, 2017

Salt Lake City, November 15, 2017 – With Medicare Advantage open enrollment period already underway, it is important to examine the Medicare Advantage premiums paid by beneficiaries. Today, Leavitt Partners released, “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans,” a white paper that examines the relationship between the concentration (a measure of market competition) of Medicare Advantage plans and the out-of-pocket costs to beneficiaries, as well as the association between health system concentration and Medicare Advantage premiums.

October 23rd, 2017

Salt Lake City, October 23, 2017 –Today, Leavitt Partners released, “Nationally, Individual and Group Market Costs Increasingly Similar,” a white paper that examines total incurred costs and premiums per member per month for the individual, small, and large group markets from 2010 to 2016. The authors compare average claims expense across the individual and group […]

October 11th, 2017

Salt Lake City, October 11, 2017 –  In the coming decades, many states are projected to have a shortage of both specialty and primary care physicians. Today, Leavitt Partners released “Majority of Physicians Do Not Practice in the State They Graduated Medical School,” a new white paper examining each state’s retention of their medical school […]

October 4th, 2017

Washington, D.C., October 4, 2017 — Today the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and Leavitt Partners released the results from their first Annual ACO Survey in a Health Affairs article entitled “The 2017 Annual ACO Survey: What Do Current Trends Tell Us About The Future of Accountable Care.” Two-hundred and forty unique ACOs, representing one quarter of all known Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial ACOs, participated in the 2017 survey. Results provide an important view into the current state of ACOs as well as their plans for the future.

The findings shed light on ACOs’ participation in other Alternative Payment Models (APMs), common improvement activities, organizational and contract structures, and investments. Andrew Croshaw, CEO of Leavitt Partners, stated “With more than 32 million patients receiving care from ACOs nationwide, ACOs are now an important part of the American health care landscape, and the need to understand them better is becoming increasingly more important. The Annual ACO Survey provides one of the most comprehensive views into the growing ACO industry.”

Survey results indicate that ACOs are becoming more willing to take on financial risk; however, a successful transition to risk will only occur when they have the ability and infrastructure in place to take on and manage that risk. Clif Gaus, Sc.D., President and CEO of NAACOS said, “There are many opportunities to support the ACO movement, especially among policy makers and researchers. Everyone wants value-based care, but in order to do that we need to support, learn, and continuously improve. We’re all learning. Let’s do that together.”

Press contacts
National Association of ACOs: Clif Gaus at 202-640-1898 or cgaus@naacos.com
Leavitt Partners: Jordana Choucair, senior director of communications, 801.538.5082 or Jordana.Choucair@leavittpartners.com

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