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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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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Track Switching in Medicare ACO Programs: A Look at the Move to Downside Risk

February 25th, 2019

Despite most accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) remaining in upside-only models, some ACOs have made the switch into risk-bearing tracks and/or participated in risk-bearing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) demonstration models such as Pioneer and Next Generation. In this report, we provide an analysis of the differences […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “Medicare: Drifting Toward Disaster” White Paper

January 15th, 2019

Salt Lake City, January 15, 2019—Today, Leavitt Partners released “Medicare: Drifting Toward Disaster,” a white paper authored by former Utah Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. The paper discusses how to achieve bipartisan reform in Medicare. With the hospital insurance fund expected to reach insolvency by 2026, the paper sounds the […]

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Medicare: Drifting Toward Disaster

January 15th, 2019

With Medicare, our nation made a promise to provide health care to our seniors. But the Medicare Fund’s Board of Trustees projects the federal hospital insurance fund, or Medicare Part A, will run out of money in 2026. Keeping our promise to our seniors and avoiding widespread loss of coverage, unsustainable spending increases, and damaging […]

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Trump Administration Looks to Take Medicaid Outside The Doctor’s Office

December 6th, 2018

The article discusses the Trump Administration and its look to take Medicaid outside the doctor’s office.

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Implications of the 2018 Midterm Elections

November 16th, 2018

Health care was a central issue in this year’s midterm elections. In the days after the election, many have speculated on what the results mean for U.S. health care policy. Since the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the Democrats took control of the House, some see the next two years as a time […]

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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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Paying for Poor Choices

October 23rd, 2018

Early this year former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers made a case for taxing sugary drinks and cigarettes to deter individuals from consuming products that lead to obesity and chronic disease. Taxing such products could gain importance as policy makers consider comprehensive coverage policies such as “Medicare for all.” The reason is based both on principle […]

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