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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

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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Recent Progress In The Value Journey: Growth Of ACOs And Value-Based Payment Models In 2018

September 6th, 2018

A Becker’s Hospital Review article entitled “Medicare is driving ACO growth: 4 report findings” highlights four key findings for the “Recent Progress In The Value Journey: Growth Of ACOs And Value-Based Payment Models In 2018” Health Affairs Blog. The findings include: 1) There were 1,477 ACO contracts at the end of the first quarter of […]

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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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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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A Uniquely American Health System

August 16th, 2018

As the United States continues to move toward a value-based health care system, significant challenges slow down our progress. Political pressure exists from all sides, incentives have yet to be appropriately aligned, and the pressing need to change stakeholder behavior remains a time-sensitive imperative. Solving these challenges requires going beyond admiring the challenges to implementing […]

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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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Leavitt Partners to Present Research at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

June 22nd, 2018

Salt Lake City, June 22, 2018 — Leavitt Partners is pleased to announce that the firm will present 12 research posters at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, WA June 24-26, 2018. The Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the premier forum for health services research, with a program designed specifically for health services researchers, […]

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