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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

ACO Program Trump Targeted for Change Saved $314M, Data Show

September 6th, 2018

David Muhlestein commented on the 2017 MSSP results for a POLITICO Pro article entitled “ACO program Trump targeted for change saved $314M, data show.” According to David, ACOs bearing risk “tend to be those that are doing the hard work of changing the delivery of care.”  David said, “There are lots that are just in […]

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Do Proposed Quality Payment Program Changes Support Specialists?

August 20th, 2018

A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “Do Proposed Quality Payment Program Changes Support Specialists?” references the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Not Every Provider Has a Path Forward” white paper. The article states, “Despite a handful of specialty-focused alternative payment models, Medicare still only offers models to a limited number of provider types, Leavitt Partners found […]

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After a Slow 2017, ACOs Grow and Expand Their Contracts in 2018

August 20th, 2018

A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “After a Slow 2017, ACOs Grow and Expand Their Contracts in 2018” highlights the Leavitt Partners “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Grown of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018” Health Affairs blog. The article provides an overview of the blog’s major findings and takeaways and includes three of the […]

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Health Affairs Releases “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Growth of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018” Blog Post

August 14th, 2018

Salt Lake City, August 14, 2018 –Today, Health Affairs released “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Grown of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018,” a blog presenting figures on accountable care organization (ACO) and value-based payment (VBP) adoption from the past year and discusses the implications of these trends for the future. The post […]

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The Other Medicaid Drug Rebate News: Oklahoma’s State Plan Amendment

July 9th, 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a state plan amendment (SPA) authorizing Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements with drug manufacturers. The new SPA permits the state to negotiate supplemental drug rebates based on performance and outcome benchmarks as part of a value-based contract, which […]

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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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Data Challenges and Opportunities

May 15th, 2018

State health and human services (HHS) enterprises encompass a diverse range of divisions that cover child and adult health, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and more. Although separate, these divisions overlap in the populations they serve. Data, particularly the ability to analyze and share data, can enable these different divisions to work together to improve outcomes. […]

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