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Leavitt Partners Releases “Health Care Markets: What Matters and Why” White Paper

July 30th, 2018

Salt Lake City, July 30, 2018 –Today, Leavitt Partners released “Health Care Markets: What Matters and Why,” a white paper that provides a framework for health care entities to make evidence-based decisions on when, where, and how to start, expand, or invest their business. Amidst a rapidly changing health care environment, a health care market […]

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ACOs and Other Value-Based Purchasing Models Have Yet to Cut Costs

June 27th, 2018

David Muhlestein provided insights regarding the three “What is Driving the Total Cost of Care?” white papers for a RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “ACOs and Other Value-Based Purchasing Models Have Yet to Cut Costs” and a FierceHealthcare article entitled “Report: Value-based payment models haven’t cut costs yet.” David told RevCycleIntelligence that, “Many healthcare providers began making […]

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What’s Driving Health Care Costs?

June 27th, 2018

This morning, Health Affairs Blog published a post entitled “What’s Driving Health Care Costs?” that highlights major findings from the three mixed-methods studies conducted by Leavitt Partners, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and McManis Consulting released on Monday. The article further examines why population-based VBP models are not yet lowering market-Level health care costs. […]

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How Addressing Social Determinants of Health Cuts Healthcare Costs

June 25th, 2018

A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “How Addressing Social Determinants of Health Cuts Healthcare Costs” cites the Leavitt Partners “Social Determinants Matter, But Who Is Responsible?” white paper. The article states, “Providers in a recent Leavitt Partners survey cited insufficient appointment time and lack of compensation as top barriers to addressing SDOHs. Fee-for-service payments do not reimburse […]

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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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