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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)

Heading For the Exit: Rather Than Face Risk, Many ACOs Could Leave

May 12th, 2018

David Muhlestein provided insights on ACOs assuming risk under the MSSP for a Modern Healthcare article entitled “Heading for the exit: Rather than face risk, many ACOs could leave.” “ACOs within (the Track 1) category have entered into the program but have not made substantive changes in how they deliver care,” David said. “Simply getting […]

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Medicare Shared Savings Program: Outcomes from the First Four Years

February 21st, 2018

In two original articles published in The American Journal of Accountable Care, the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Leavitt Partners examine quality improvements and cost savings in the first four years of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and suggest opportunities for system-wide improvement. The authors examined outcomes for ACOs over time using the […]

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More Medicare ACOs Will Take On Risk in 2018

January 10th, 2018

David Muhlestein provided his insights regarding ACOs taking on risk for a Modern Healthcare article entitled “More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018.”

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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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