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What is Driving Total Cost of Care?

June 25th, 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 25th, 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 25th, 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 25th, 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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Leavitt Partners to Present Research at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

June 22nd, 2018

Salt Lake City, June 22, 2018 — Leavitt Partners is pleased to announce that the firm will present 12 research posters at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, WA June 24-26, 2018. The Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the premier forum for health services research, with a program designed specifically for health services researchers, […]

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Survey results show physicians, employers have differing opinions about health care

June 14th, 2018

The Leavitt Partners “The state of health care today: How physicians, consumers and employers view health care costs, outcomes and reform efforts” white paper was featured in an Orthopedics Today article entitled “Survey results show physicians, employers have differing opinions about health care.” The article provides an overview of the survey’s main findings and commentary […]

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Interoperability a Challenge for State Health Departments, Paper Says

May 21st, 2018

The Leavitt Partners “Data Challenges and Opportunities: Leveraging Data Analytics, Interoperability, and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Outcomes for State Health and Human Services” white paper was featured in a Healthcare Dive article entitled “Interoperability a challenge for state health departments, paper says.” The article provides a few high-level findings and notes that the paper is […]

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States Could Utilize AI for Improved Healthcare Interoperability

May 21st, 2018

The Leavitt Partners “Data Challenges and Opportunities: Leveraging Data Analytics, Interoperability, and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Outcomes for State Health and Human Services” white paper was featured in an EHRIntelligence article entitled “States Could Utilize AI for Improved Healthcare Interoperability.” The article provides an overview of the paper’s major finding, including an overview of state […]

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