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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners Releases “Medicare ACO Results for 2018: More Downside Risk Adoption, More Savings, and All ACO Types Now Averaging Savings” Report

November 11th, 2019

Salt Lake City, November 11, 2019—Medicare’s flagship Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), achieved net savings of $73 per person in 2018, more than double the net savings of $35 per person achieved in 2017. Researchers from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners shared their analysis of […]

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CMS Report: ACOs Save Billions for Medicare

October 4th, 2019

MedPage Today published “CMS Report: ACOs Save Billions for Medicare,” highlighting insight from David Muhlestein, chief research officer at Leavitt Partners, regarding the CMS report released on September 30, 2019. View the article here.

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CMS saved $739 million last year from Medicare ACOs

October 2nd, 2019

Modern Healthcare published an article entitled “CMS saved $739 million last year from Medicare ACOs,” highlighting insight from David Muhlestein, chief research officer at Leavitt Partners, regarding the incentive for organizations to be in an advanced alternative payment model. View the article here.

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Why Do Accountable Care Organization Leave the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

May 6th, 2019

Salt Lake City, May 6, 2019—In new research published today in Health Affairs, authors from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners studied factors that determine whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) thrive or exit Medicare flagship’s alternative to fee-for-service, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The study looked at 624 ACOs that have […]

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New Data Demonstrates Large Accountable Care Organizations’ Commitment to Assume Financial Risk 2019 Participation in Medicare’s Major Payment and Delivery Reform Program

March 15th, 2019

Salt Lake City, March 15, 2019— New research from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners shows that while most Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have committed to continue participating in the recently overhauled flagship Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), physician-led ACOS are leaving at a higher rate than in 2017. Highlights of this […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “Track Switching in Medicare ACO Programs: A Look at the Move to Downside Risk” White Paper

February 25th, 2019

Salt Lake City, February 25, 2019—Today, Leavitt Partners released “Track Switching in Medicare ACO Programs: A Look at the Move to Downside Risk,” a white paper providing data-driven insight into the important characteristics distinguishing ACOs that progress to downside risk tracks from those that do not. The analysis in this paper draws on Leavitt Partners […]

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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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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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