Podcast: David Muhlestein discussed the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper during a Hospital Finance Podcast (HFP). During the podcast, David talked about the data and methods, the results, and potential policy implications.
David Muhlestein provided his insights regarding ACOs taking on risk for a Modern Healthcare article entitled “More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018.” David said, “Certainly (the numbers) are showing that more ACOs are taking on risk, but it’s not going to be mad dash. It is going to be a gradual, sustained movement.” He also noted that while “delivery transformation is really hard,” he expects additional ACOs will migrate to the “risky tracks” as MACRA is fully implemented. “There is certainly continued evidence that organizations are starting to figure this out,” Muhlestein said.
Op-Ed: Former HHS secretaries: Alex Azar is a perfect pick to lead HHS. In this piece, Governor Leavitt and Governor Tommy Thompson recount their experience serving with Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services. They state, “During both of our tenures as HHS Secretary, we had the good fortune to have Azar serve in senior positions during challenging times. We strongly support his nomination to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
The latest information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the number of plan selections for the current Open Enrollment Period (EOP) has been a positive sign for stakeholders that are hoping for a large and stable enrollment cycle. While the number of plan selections has been higher than in the previous […]
David Muhlestein provided insight into the latest Medicare Shared Savings Program results for a Crian’s Chicago Business article entitled “How local hospitals led the way in a big Medicare cost-cutting experiment.” Regarding the overall program’s success, David said, “It’s certainly too early to say whether it’s been successful or not.”
A Chicago Tribune article entitled “Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit” includes commentary from Governor Leavitt regarding the Trump administration hiring staff who previously served in the Bush administration. “These are complex jobs and the time is limited,” said Governor Leavitt. “If everyone has to learn it anew the chances of implementing an agenda are substantially reduced and the quality of government isn’t as good.”
A Provider magazine article entitled “Medicare Advantage Marketplace Snapshot Offers Clues to Providers” provides a detailed overview of the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper. The article states, “Amid moves by some long term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) providers to expand into health insurance through the marketing of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to residents, a new report by Leavitt Partners offers a glimpse of how the MA marketplace functions, and how the lack of real competition impacts consumers. This insight may give interested providers a deeper view of the opportunities and challenges the increasingly popular MA trade offers.”
A FierceHealthcare article entitled “Study: Medicare Advantage premiums higher in markets with less payer, hospital competition” highlights the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Advantage Premiums Higher in Markets with Concentrated Health Plans” white paper. The article references a few of the key findings and states, “Given these findings, researchers said policies that encourage competition, monitor current levels of competition and deter decreases in competition may help avoid future premium increases for MA beneficiaries.”
A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “MSSP ACOs Improve Care Quality, Struggle to Realize Savings” highlights the “Medicare Accountable Care Organization Results for 2016: Seeing Improvement, Transformation Takes Time” Health Affairs Blog co-authored by David Muhlestein. The article outlines the study’s key findings, includes three of the study’s exhibits, and links to the original piece.
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