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Social Distancing vs. COVID-19: Are We Flattening the Curve?
Written by Robert Richards, Ph.D., Ben Gong, and David Muhlestein, Ph.D., JD The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused the U.S. and many other countries to put their economies on pause in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. The social distancing policies in place in many locations have dramatically altered our daily lives […]Read More >
Evidence Shows Current Efforts are Flattening the Curve for Coronavirus: The Impact Varies Significantly Among States
The coronavirus and its accompanying disease COVID-19 has had the fastest, most significant impact on the global community in generations, impacting the physical, emotional, and financial health of the world. Based on the exponential spread of the virus, early models predicted a rapid growth of COVID-19 cases, ultimately overwhelming the health care system and leading […]Read More >
End the Uncertainty for Those at the Front Line of Coronavirus Crisis Response
Written by Governor Mike Leavitt, Founder; Chair, Board of Managers, at Leavitt Partners As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prepares to start disbursing funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, as appropriated by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it is critical that […]Read More >
COVID-19: The Lightning Rod is a Strategy Centered on Value
Written by Bo Nemelka, Principal, and Brett Graham, Chief Strategy Officer, at Leavitt Partners The Lightning Rod is a Strategy Centered on Value A lightning rod is a metal rod placed on top of a building which is connected to the ground below to protect the building from being damaged by lightning strikes. When (not […]Read More >
New CMS and ONC Final Rules on Consumer-Directed Access to Health Data
On March 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released companion final rules that they intend to advance system interoperability and, specifically, patient access to their health care information. Together, the rules implement various sections of the 21st Century Cures Act and […]Read More >
Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity Grants Raise Several Questions
On January 30, 2020, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its “Healthy Adult Opportunity” (HAO) initiative. CMS maintains that the initiative will provide states with more flexibility to improve the health of their Medicaid population while simultaneously advancing many priorities CMS has been pursuing. Many are characterizing the initiative as a “block […]Read More >
Quality Measures: How do you know if you are paying for quality if you can’t properly measure it?
Value-Based Payment (VBP) arrangements allow health care purchasers to align financial outcomes to quality clinical outcomes. Such arrangements are designed to drive improvements in health outcomes at multiple levels (i.e., individual, community, within a risk pool) and reduce the cost burden associated with treatment and prevention. Quality measurement is a central component to these arrangements—how […]Read More >
2020 Health Care Investment Outlook
Leavitt Partners hosted a series of investor roundtables at the January 2020 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. The roundtable discussions—with the election year top-of-mind—focused on the likely political scenarios and their implications for health care as well as the health investment outlook for 2020. Complete the form below to read a summary of […]Read More >