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ACOs

ACOs Could do More to Care for Seriously Ill Patients

June 3rd, 2019

Salt Lake City, June 3, 2019— Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have potential to care for the nation’s seriously ill patients at lower costs and improved quality, but few are taking steps to do so, according to new research  conducted by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners. The research appears today in June […]

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Are ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Narrowing Their PAC Networks?

May 23rd, 2019

Since the inception of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), affiliated health care stakeholders have experimented with various methods to help them achieve their goal of coordinating high-quality and cost-efficient care. ACOs were first implemented within the Medicare payment system in 2012, and ACO leaders continue to test care delivery transformation innovations to enable further opportunities for […]

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No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Are Narrowing Their PAC Networks

May 22nd, 2019

This white paper details the findings from an analysis of Medicare claims data that was compared with Accountable Care Organization (ACO) affiliation data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium of health care data. Hospitals affiliated with or owned by an ACO are financially incentivized to manage the health and health care costs […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Are Narrowing Their PAC Networks” White Paper

May 22nd, 2019

Salt Lake City, May 22, 2019—Today, Leavitt Partners released a white paper titled “No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals are Narrowing Their PAC Networks.” This white paper details the findings from an analysis of Medicare claims data that was compared with Accountable Care Organization (ACO) affiliation data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium […]

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Why Do Accountable Care Organization Leave the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

May 6th, 2019

Salt Lake City, May 6, 2019—In new research published today in Health Affairs, authors from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners studied factors that determine whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) thrive or exit Medicare flagship’s alternative to fee-for-service, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The study looked at 624 ACOs that have […]

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One Step Closer to Value-based Care: CMMI Announces New Primary Care Payment Models

May 6th, 2019

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced what Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called “an historic turning point in American health care:” the Primary Cares Initiative. This series of primary care-focused payment models—designed to transform primary care payments more directly to reward value—will test five new payment model options […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “The Medicaid ACO Landscape” White Paper

May 1st, 2019

Salt Lake City, May 1, 2019—Today, Leavitt Partners released “The Medicaid ACO Landscape,” a white paper providing insight into the number, geographic dispersion, characteristics, and success of Medicaid ACOs as of the end of 2018. This snapshot of Medicaid ACOs was created using data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium of health […]

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The Medicaid ACO Landscape

May 1st, 2019

This white paper provides insight into the number, geographic dispersion, characteristics, and success of Medicaid ACOs as of the end of 2018. This snapshot of Medicaid ACOs was created using data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium of health care data. Although Medicaid ACOs have not grown to the same extent as […]

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