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The Other Medicaid Drug Rebate News: Oklahoma’s State Plan Amendment
July 9, 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a state plan amendment (SPA) authorizing Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements with drug manufacturers. The new SPA permits the state to negotiate supplemental drug rebates based on performance and outcome benchmarks as part of a value-based contract, which […]

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What is Driving Total Cost of Care?
June 25, 2018

In a combined quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors that may be influencing total cost of care in healthcare markets across the United States, researchers from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leavitt Partners, and McManis Consulting found that: The penetration of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is not yet having an impact on curbing growth in total cost of care. […]

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Executive Summary — What is Driving Total Cost of Care?
June 25, 2018

In a combined quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors that may be influencing total cost of care in healthcare markets across the United States, researchers from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leavitt Partners, and McManis Consulting found that: The penetration of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is not yet having an impact on curbing growth in total cost of care. […]

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Growth of Population-Based Payments is Not Associated With a Decrease in Market-Level Cost Growth, Yet
June 25, 2018

This paper examines whether the magnitude of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is associated with decreased spending and increased quality at the market level. Using Medicare claims Limited Data Set (LDS) for 2012-2015 and Truven Health MarketScan Commerical Database for 2012-2014, we conducted growth curve modeling and fixed effects regression analyses to examine whether the […]

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Study: Penetration of Value-Based Payment Models Not Sufficient to Realize Potential Cost Savings
June 25, 2018

Press inquiries should be directed to: Karen Thomas Director of Communications Healthcare Financial Management Association (708) 492-3377 kthomas@hfma.org Jordana Choucair Vice President of Communications Leavitt Partners, LLC (801) 633.4900 jordana.choucair@leavittpartners.com Keith Moore Chairman and CEO McManis Consulting 720-529-2110 kmoore@mcmanisconsulting.com Study: Penetration of Value-Based Payment Models Not Sufficient to Realize Potential Cost Savings Incentive Misalignment and […]

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Market Factors Associated with Medicare Costs and Cost Growth
June 25, 2018

Medicare costs in the United States are high and the rate of cost growth is increasing. However, there is significant variability between markets in per-beneficiary costs and the rate of cost growth. We used a variety of public and private data sources to assess which market factors were associated with market-level per-beneficiary costs and cost growth. Taken together, […]

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Leavitt Partners to Present Research at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
June 22, 2018

Salt Lake City, June 22, 2018 — Leavitt Partners is pleased to announce that the firm will present 12 research posters at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, WA June 24-26, 2018. The Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the premier forum for health services research, with a program designed specifically for health services researchers, […]

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Promoting Diabetes Prevention for Federal Employees
June 4, 2018

For the second year in a row, Leavitt Partners presented on diabetes prevention at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) annual carrier conference. The presentation was made on behalf of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT). OPM’s Federal […]

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