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What is Driving Total Cost of Care?
June 25, 2018

In a combined quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors that may be influencing total cost of care in healthcare markets across the United States, researchers from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leavitt Partners, and McManis Consulting found that: The penetration of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is not yet having an impact on curbing growth in total cost of care. […]

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Executive Summary — What is Driving Total Cost of Care?
June 25, 2018

In a combined quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors that may be influencing total cost of care in healthcare markets across the United States, researchers from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leavitt Partners, and McManis Consulting found that: The penetration of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is not yet having an impact on curbing growth in total cost of care. […]

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Growth of Population-Based Payments is Not Associated With a Decrease in Market-Level Cost Growth, Yet
June 25, 2018

This paper examines whether the magnitude of population-based value-based payment (VBP) models is associated with decreased spending and increased quality at the market level. Using Medicare claims Limited Data Set (LDS) for 2012-2015 and Truven Health MarketScan Commerical Database for 2012-2014, we conducted growth curve modeling and fixed effects regression analyses to examine whether the […]

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Market Factors Associated with Medicare Costs and Cost Growth
June 25, 2018

Medicare costs in the United States are high and the rate of cost growth is increasing. However, there is significant variability between markets in per-beneficiary costs and the rate of cost growth. We used a variety of public and private data sources to assess which market factors were associated with market-level per-beneficiary costs and cost growth. Taken together, […]

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Promoting Diabetes Prevention for Federal Employees
June 4, 2018

For the second year in a row, Leavitt Partners presented on diabetes prevention at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) annual carrier conference. The presentation was made on behalf of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT). OPM’s Federal […]

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Data Challenges and Opportunities
May 15, 2018

State health and human services (HHS) enterprises encompass a diverse range of divisions that cover child and adult health, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and more. Although separate, these divisions overlap in the populations they serve. Data, particularly the ability to analyze and share data, can enable these different divisions to work together to improve outcomes. […]

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Social Determinants Matter, But Who Is Responsible?
May 9, 2018

The health impacts of the environments in which we live—our social determinants of health—are well documented. Clinical care accounts for only about 20 percent of health, while behaviors, physical environment, and social and economic factors determine the rest. The transition to value-based care increasingly requires the clinical setting to address these social determinants of health […]

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Perceptions vs. Reality: What Consumers Really Think About Health Care
May 2, 2018

Learn about the major disconnect between how consumers view the health care system generally and how they view it personally.

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