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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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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Health Affairs Releases “Half A Decade In, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Are Generating Net Savings” A Two-Part Health Affairs Blog

September 21st, 2018

Washington, DC, September 21, 2018 – A Medicare program begun in 2012 to coordinate health care and be accountable for patients’ health saved Medicare $313 million in 2017, the first time the program generated net savings for the federal government, a two-part blog post released Thursday and Friday by Health Affairs reports. The post, by […]

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With CMS Demanding More Accountability in the MSSP, Will It Be ‘ACOs Overboard’?

September 6th, 2018

Managed Care magazine article entitled “With CMS Demanding More Accountability in the MSSP, Will It Be ‘ACOs Overboard’?” cites the “Medicare Accountable Care Organization Results For 2016: Seeing Improvement, Transformation Takes Time” Health Affairs Blog. The article states: “Evidence is mounting that the longer an ACO works with risk, the better it becomes at managing […]

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