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Track Switching in Medicare ACO Programs: A Look at the Move to Downside Risk
February 25, 2019

Despite most accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) remaining in upside-only models, some ACOs have made the switch into risk-bearing tracks and/or participated in risk-bearing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) demonstration models such as Pioneer and Next Generation. In this report, we provide an analysis of the differences […]

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Medicare: Drifting Toward Disaster
January 15, 2019

With Medicare, our nation made a promise to provide health care to our seniors. But the Medicare Fund’s Board of Trustees projects the federal hospital insurance fund, or Medicare Part A, will run out of money in 2026. Keeping our promise to our seniors and avoiding widespread loss of coverage, unsustainable spending increases, and damaging […]

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Pathways to Success: Options for ACOs
January 10, 2019

The “Pathways to Success: Options for ACOs” white paper reports on predictions of the options available to current Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the recently finalized Pathways to Success rule. Under the Pathways rule, ACOs will be designated either high or low revenue, based on claims data and practice revenues. […]

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Opportunities in an Evolving Market: 2019 Health Care & Life Sciences Investment Outlook
January 8, 2019

The analysis of the 2019 KPMG/Leavitt Partners Health Care and Life Sciences Investment Survey sheds light on how key disruptors, prevailing market trends and evolving policies will impact the 2019 investment arena. We asked investment professionals to answer questions about several health care subsectors in which they have expertise. Upon examining the data, we divided […]

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Implications of the 2018 Midterm Elections
November 16, 2018

Health care was a central issue in this year’s midterm elections. In the days after the election, many have speculated on what the results mean for U.S. health care policy. Since the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the Democrats took control of the House, some see the next two years as a time […]

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2018 Midterm Elections: Implications for Health Policy in the United States
November 14, 2018

The midterm elections present the opportunity to reset the health policy agenda in Congress and in states across the country. On November 14, 2018, Leavitt Partners’ team of experts talked through the policy agendas for the incoming majority and minority parties in the next Congress. We also discussed changes that could potentially impact states across […]

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Preventing Chronic Disease in the Rising-Risk Population: Three Strategies for ACOs Before, During, and After the Patient Engages in the Clinical Care Setting
November 13, 2018

In this paper, “Preventing Chronic Disease in the Rising-Risk Population: Three Strategies for ACOs Before, During, and After the Patient Engages in the Clinical Care Setting,” the American Medical Association (AMA) and Leavitt Partners offer strategies for health care organizations working within an alternative payment model to target the rising-risk population. These recommendations include: Identifying […]

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Addiction Recovery Medical Home – Alternative Payment Model
October 31, 2018

The United States is in the middle of a major public health challenge: since 1999, the rate of overdoses involving opioids nearly quadrupled. As startling as this number is, before, and during this period alcohol-related deaths still out-paced opioids. Addiction has now become the leading cause of death in America for those under 50. Substance […]

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