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The 2018 ACO Survey: Unique Paths to Success
March 29, 2019

This white paper reports the findings from the 2nd Annual ACO Survey of 203 Accountable Care Organizations, conducted in collaboration with the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), to better understand current trends and predict future developments relating to ACOs. The survey covered topics related to contracting, financial risk, organizational structure, program initiatives, challenges, and priorities. […]

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Multi-Year Medicare Advantage Plans: A Framework for Action
March 20, 2019

This paper proposes a framework for action to begin to remove institutional and traditional barriers to a value-based health insurance product. In the United States, health insurance is typically a one-year contract between a plan participant and an insurer, though some employers may have multi-year contracts. There are a variety of reasons health insurance is […]

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Health Intelligence Partners: February Market Signals Briefing
March 18, 2019

Amidst a constant stream of new health care headlines and developments, sound bites on health care from 2020 candidates, and state and federal health care policy activity, which are the stories and the signals that matter? In February, Leavitt Partners launched its first Market Signals Briefing webinar—a new bimonthly webinar series produced by Health Intelligence […]

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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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