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Defining High-Value Primary Care Providers for ACO Partnerships
May 16, 2016

This brief offers recommendations for assessing primary care providers.

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Overview: Defining High-Value Partnerships for Accountable Care
May 16, 2016

This brief introduces the series by detailing the project’s many components, including a decision-making framework and the domains of high value.

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Ten Early Takeaways from the Medicare Shared Savings ACO Program
April 5, 2016

Using a combination of public and proprietary data, Leavitt Partners analyzed MSSP results and identified ten key takeaways.

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MSSP ACOs: Financial Savings and the Appetite for More
March 2, 2016

CMS’ January 11 announcement of the new and renewing Medicare ACO participants indicated both an increase in the number of ACOs and ACO covered lives.

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The Coming of Mandatory Bundled Care: The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Program (CJR)
January 29, 2016

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, its first mandatory bundled payment initiative.

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Projected Growth of Accountable Care Organizations
December 23, 2015

In this paper, we present projections of how the ACO model is likely to grow under four possible future scenarios.

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MACRA: Quality Incentives, Provider Considerations, and the Path Forward
December 21, 2015

In April 2015, a divided Congress almost unanimously passed a landmark law that will permanently change the way physicians and other health care providers are paid for Medicare services. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) replaced the sustainable growth rate formula with physician payments tied to quality.

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Assessment of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program: Current Results and Opportunities for Improvement
November 16, 2015

This paper provides an analysis of the hospital value-based purchasing program, specifically examining regional differences, performance over time, comparison to other programs, and policy implications.

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