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We are constantly scanning the health care market for new and interesting developments; then we write about them here. Check out our latest thinking.

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

Using Alternative Payment Models to Address Health Care Disparities

August 8th, 2017

In the U.S., a person’s health status is impacted by a variety of factors such as race/ethnicity, disability status, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and more. These differences in society are linked to inequalities in health status that are referred to as health care disparities. The CDC defines health disparities as “preventable differences […]

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Predicting ACO Commitment: Is Accountable Care a One-Night-Stand or Marriage Material?

July 14th, 2017

 Where Are ACOs Headed? At this pivotal time in the accountable care movement, future ACO growth will determine whether accountable care moves from a series of exploratory programs toward mainstream adoption across the country. A significant contributor to future growth is the success of today’s ACOs and their continued involvement in the ACO model, which […]

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CJR: Playing the Waiting Game

June 6th, 2017

On April 1, 2016, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model program took effect, affecting roughly 800 hospitals across 67 markets.  Prior to the program becoming active, Leavitt Partners published a blog post stating, “Time will tell whether hospitals and providers will succeed with quality improvements and savings generation under this new program.” One […]

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Ten Early Takeaways from the Medicare Shared Savings ACO Program

April 5th, 2016

Using a combination of public and proprietary data, Leavitt Partners analyzed MSSP results and identified ten key takeaways.

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MSSP ACOs: Financial Savings and the Appetite for More

March 2nd, 2016

CMS’ January 11 announcement of the new and renewing Medicare ACO participants indicated both an increase in the number of ACOs and ACO covered lives.

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A Taxonomy of Accountable Care Organizations: Different Approaches to Achieve the Triple Aim

June 16th, 2014

As providers begin to bear risk for defined populations, providers and payers have begun to change the way they deliver and pay for health care. Accountable care organizations (ACOs), in particular, have proliferated with the common goal to fulfill the triple aim of improved patient satisfaction, improved care and decreased health care costs. Though ACOs […]

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Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations

November 24th, 2011

Following the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the announcement of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, an increased interest has emerged among providers and payers to create ACOs.

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