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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

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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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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