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COVID-19: The Lightning Rod is a Strategy Centered on Value

March 18th, 2020

Written by Bo Nemelka, Principal, and Brett Graham, Chief Strategy Officer, at Leavitt Partners The Lightning Rod is a Strategy Centered on Value A lightning rod is a metal rod placed on top of a building which is connected to the ground below to protect the building from being damaged by lightning strikes. When (not […]

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Quality Measures: How do you know if you are paying for quality if you can’t properly measure it?

February 12th, 2020

Value-Based Payment (VBP) arrangements allow health care purchasers to align financial outcomes to quality clinical outcomes. Such arrangements are designed to drive improvements in health outcomes at multiple levels (i.e., individual, community, within a risk pool) and reduce the cost burden associated with treatment and prevention. Quality measurement is a central component to these arrangements—how […]

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Preventing Chronic Disease in the Rising-Risk Population: Three Strategies for ACOs Before, During, and After the Patient Engages in the Clinical Care Setting

November 13th, 2018

In this paper, “Preventing Chronic Disease in the Rising-Risk Population: Three Strategies for ACOs Before, During, and After the Patient Engages in the Clinical Care Setting,” the American Medical Association (AMA) and Leavitt Partners offer strategies for health care organizations working within an alternative payment model to target the rising-risk population. These recommendations include: Identifying […]

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Believe It: Here’s How Fort Worth Saved $5 Million On Health Care After Years of Rising Costs

October 22nd, 2018

A commentary in the Dallas News entitled “Believe it: Here’s how Fort Worth saved $5 million on health care after years of rising costs” cites Leavitt Partners Torch Insight data on the growth of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the U.S. and in Texas. The article explains that “the numbers increased faster [in Texas]. ACOs […]

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EHRs, Financial Instability Contribute to Physicians’ Pessimism

October 19th, 2018

A Modern Healthcare article entitled “EHRs, financial instability contribute to physicians’ pessimism” highlights a recently released Leavitt Partners publication, “Examining Physician Pessimism: 2017 Survey on Physicians’ Outlook on the Practice of Medicine.” The article states that Leavitt Partners’ chief research officer David Muhlestein and research manager Kerstin Edwards explains that, “as EMRs become more and […]

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Study Finds 40% of Doctors Pessimistic About Practice of Medicine

October 19th, 2018

A Healthcare Dive article entitled “Study finds 40% of doctors pessimistic about practice of medicine,” discussed findings from a recently released Leavitt Partners publication, “Examining Physician Pessimism: 2017 Survey on Physicians’ Outlook on the Practice of Medicine.” David Muhlestein, Leavitt Partners’ chief research officer and one of the authors of the paper, told Healthcare Dive […]

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Examining Pessimism Among Physicians: 2017 Survey on Physicians’ Outlook on the Practice of Medicine

October 18th, 2018

Physician satisfaction is an important component in the effort to improve health care access and quality and reduce costs. In a nationwide survey of 621 physicians, we found that 38 percent of physicians reported having a pessimistic outlook on the practice of medicine today. In this study, we identified physician characteristics that are correlated with […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “Examining Pessimism Among Physicians: 2017 Survey on Physicians’ Outlook on the Practice of Medicine” White Paper

October 18th, 2018

Salt Lake City, October 18, 2018 –Today, Leavitt Partners released “Examining Pessimism Among Physicians: 2017 Survey on Physicians’ Outlook on the Practice of Medicine,” a white paper that investigates associations between certain physician characteristics and a pessimistic outlook on the practice of medicine. The paper discusses findings from a national survey of 621 physicians. Leavitt […]

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