Governor Leavitt’s Recommendations on How to Better Prepare for Pandemics

On June 23, 2020, Governor Michael O. Leavitt, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) in a hearing titled, “COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic.” HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released a white paper titled “Preparing … Read more

Accountable Care Organizations Are Increasingly Led by Physician Groups Rather Than Hospital Systems

Salt Lake City, May 14, 2020 –Today, the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) released an article entitled “Accountable Care Organizations Are Increasingly Led by Physician Groups Rather Than Hospital Systems.” This article outlines the shift in accountable care organization (ACO) market leadership as physician group organizations have begun to lead the majority of new … Read more

New Analysis Explores Ways for Accountable Care Organizations to Reduce Costs Through Less Expensive Drugs for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Salt Lake City, May 12, 2020 – New analysis from Leavitt Partners and CareJourney explores ways in which accountable care organizations (ACOs) can reduce health care costs without potentially impacting their beneficiaries’ quality of care.  One such opportunity for ACOs lies in switching patients to similarly effective but less-expensive medications for particular conditions. Our analysis … Read more

Assessing Current and Expected Growth of Alternative Payment Models: A Look at the Bold New Goals for Downside Risk

Ambitious Goals for the Future of ValueThe Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (HCP-LAN or LAN) recently released aggressive new goals for moving the broader market from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based payment (VBP). The new goals aim to shift all Medicare payments and half of Medicaid and commercial health care payments into downside-risk models … Read more

November 2019 Political Checkpoint Webinar

On November 6, Leavitt Partners held its biannual Political Checkpoint webinar hosted by Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) and the Leavitt Partners’ Federal Insights and Advocacy team. Governor Mike Leavitt and Vince Ventimiglia previewed Leavitt Partners’ 2020 presidential election scenarios and likely impact on health policy. The three most likely election scenarios: As health care weighs heavily on … Read more

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners Releases “Medicare ACO Results for 2018: More Downside Risk Adoption, More Savings, and All ACO Types Now Averaging Savings” Report

Salt Lake City, November 11, 2019—Medicare’s flagship Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), achieved net savings of $73 per person in 2018, more than double the net savings of $35 per person achieved in 2017. Researchers from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners shared their analysis of … Read more

Health Intelligence Partners September Tabletop: Driving Value Forward with Patients and Physicians

On September 19, Leavitt Partners Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) hosted a tabletop discussion in Washington D.C. on driving value forward with patients and physicians. Tabletop discussions bring together stakeholders with varying perspectives and allow participants to consider how current government and market events may impact their organization’s strategic goals. In September’s tabletop, participants addressed the question: … Read more

Leavitt Partners Releases “Florida Medicaid Expansion: Enrollment & Budget Forecasts” Report

Salt Lake City, September 30, 2019— Today, Leavitt Partners released a report entitled “Florida Medicaid Expansion: Enrollment & Budget Forecasts”, illustrating what the five-year enrollment and budgetary projections for full Medicaid Expansion in Florida beginning in 2020 could look like. The projections are based on a robust analysis and microsimulation modeling conducted by Leavitt Partners … Read more

ACOs Could do More to Care for Seriously Ill Patients

Salt Lake City, June 3, 2019— Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have potential to care for the nation’s seriously ill patients at lower costs and improved quality, but few are taking steps to do so, according to new research  conducted by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners. The research appears today in June … Read more

Why Do Accountable Care Organization Leave the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

Salt Lake City, May 6, 2019—In new research published today in Health Affairs, authors from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners studied factors that determine whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) thrive or exit Medicare flagship’s alternative to fee-for-service, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The study looked at 624 ACOs that have … Read more