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Utah Medicaid ACO Program: A 10-Year Review

August 3rd, 2021

In 2013, after years under managed care and a series of non-risk contracts, Utah became one of the first states in the nation to adopt an accountable care organization (ACO) model for its Medicaid program. Rather than cutting services or raising taxes when cost growth in the state’s Medicaid program became unsustainable, state leaders designed […]

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Governor Leavitt in Health Affairs Highlights Need for Integrated Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries

February 17th, 2021

Health Affairs: Governor Leavitt recently authored a piece in Health Affairs, describing the urgent need for fully integrated care for individuals dually served by Medicare and Medicaid (“duals”). He discussed the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on duals, noting duals suffering from COVID-19 have a higher rate of hospitalization than Medicare-only beneficiaries. The […]

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Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity Grants Raise Several Questions

March 3rd, 2020

On January 30, 2020, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its “Healthy Adult Opportunity” (HAO) initiative. CMS maintains that the initiative will provide states with more flexibility to improve the health of their Medicaid population while simultaneously advancing many priorities CMS has been pursuing. Many are characterizing the initiative as a “block […]

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Assessing Current and Expected Growth of Alternative Payment Models: A Look at the Bold New Goals for Downside Risk

November 18th, 2019

Ambitious Goals for the Future of Value The Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (HCP-LAN or LAN) recently released aggressive new goals for moving the broader market from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based payment (VBP). The new goals aim to shift all Medicare payments and half of Medicaid and commercial health care payments into downside-risk […]

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Political Checkpoint Webinar

November 14th, 2019

On November 6, Leavitt Partners held its biannual Political Checkpoint webinar hosted by Health Intelligence Partners (HIP) and the Leavitt Partners’ Federal Insights and Advocacy team. Governor Mike Leavitt and Vince Ventimiglia previewed Leavitt Partners’ 2020 presidential election scenarios and likely impact on health policy. The three most likely election scenarios: Status Quo: The White […]

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MRHC CEO: Medicaid expansion could impact rural communities

September 3rd, 2019

McAlester News-Capital published an article entitled “MRHC CEO: Medicaid expansion could impact rural communities,” highlighting a 2013 Leavitt Partners study regarding Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma. View the article here.

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White Paper Examines Medicaid Benefit for Non-Emergency Transportation

August 24th, 2019

Provider Magazine published “White Paper Examines Medicaid Benefit for Non-Emergency Transportation,” highlighting a Leavitt Partners white paper entitled Moving Forward Together: Opportunities to Improve Program Integrity in Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. View the article here.

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McAlester graduates support Medicaid expansion citizen-led ballot initiative

August 22nd, 2019

McAlester News-Capital published “McAlester graduates support Medicaid expansion citizen-led ballot initiative,” highlighting a 2013 Leavitt Partners study evaluating Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to provide recommendations on improvements. View the article here.

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