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Utah Medicaid ACO Program: A 10-Year Review
August 3, 2021

In 2013, after years under managed care and a series of non-risk contracts, Utah became one of the first states in the nation to adopt an accountable care organization (ACO) model for its Medicaid program. Rather than cutting services or raising taxes when cost growth in the state’s Medicaid program became unsustainable, state leaders designed […]

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6 Ways to Reduce Health Inequities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 1, 2021

Although the traumatic circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated existing health inequities, it has also fueled an immediacy to address them. The CDC recently released two grant-funded initiatives for state and local health departments to mitigate COVID-19 related health disparities: National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including […]

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Using Modeling to Project Herd Immunity: When and How We Will Get Back to Normal
March 16, 2021

As we commemorate the one-year milestone of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, three major vaccine contributors are at the forefront of the vaccination efforts across the country, partnering with local and federal government officials. The objective? To reach a collective herd immunity from COVID-19 to safely return to normal. Leavitt Partners addresses the leading […]

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Addressing Health Disparities Among Racially & Culturally Diverse Populations in Utah During COVID-19
December 14, 2020

This report discusses the spotlight COVID-19 has put on health disparities in Utah and around the nation. The report was conducted in partnership with the Multicultural Advisory Committee of Utah’s COVID-19 Response. The report analyzes the national landscape of health disparities, providing interventions that could be employed in the state. The English version of the […]

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Evaluating CMMI’s Latest Opportunity for Rural Payment & Delivery Transformation
November 18, 2020

In August 2020, CMMI announced its latest rural initiative, the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model, a voluntary opportunity for rural communities to test care transformation supported by value-based payment reform. The CHART model includes two participation tracks, the Community Transformation Track and the ACO Transformation Track, which will offer upfront investments, predictable […]

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Access to New Cures & Innovative Care for Medicaid Patients
October 20, 2020

Cell and gene therapies (CGTs) are some of the most promising and exciting medical advancements taking place today. Some existing CGTs treat previously untreatable rare diseases, and there are hundreds of CGTs in clinical development to treat various types of cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell and other blood disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and numerous rare conditions. The […]

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Is COVID-19 the “Telehealth Moment”?
August 31, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant, ongoing challenges for organizations across the health care system. One unique challenge has been the need to provide ongoing primary and specialty care to patients who cannot physically visit a health care provider location, whether a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital. Health care providers have been forced to react […]

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COVID Hotspots
June 25, 2020

One way to monitor an infectious disease like COVID-19 is to look for “hotspots,” or places where growth of active cases are creating challenges relative to other regions. A hotspotting exercise allows policymakers, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders to quickly assess where to deploy resources. In this paper, we discuss some of the nuances […]

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