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Post-Acute Care

No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Are Narrowing Their PAC Networks

May 22nd, 2019

This white paper details the findings from an analysis of Medicare claims data that was compared with Accountable Care Organization (ACO) affiliation data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium of health care data. Hospitals affiliated with or owned by an ACO are financially incentivized to manage the health and health care costs […]

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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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Leavitt Partners Releases “Why Patients Readmit” White Paper

August 24th, 2017

Salt Lake City, August 24, 2017 –  The implementation of the Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) bundle, and the recently proposed changes to the program, have increased scrutiny on hospital readmissions and their causes. Today, Leavitt Partners released a new white paper, “Why Patients Readmit: Using a Readmission Curve to Identify Patients at Risk for Hospital […]

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Post-Acute Care (PAC) Optimization in a Value-Based Economy: Bridging the Gap Between Hospital and Home

May 2nd, 2017

Post-acute care (PAC) covers a range of health care services after hospitalization, including Long-Term Acute-Care (LTAC) hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and Home Health (HH) agencies. Historically, health systems had little reason to closely integrate with PAC providers or even examine PAC providers on measures of cost and quality, largely because […]

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Six Characteristics of Successful Post-Acute Care (PAC) Value Networks

April 18th, 2017

Between 2001 and 2015 Medicare payments to post-acute care (PAC) providers more than doubled.[1] As such, PAC represents a growing opportunity for value-based entities such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled-payment model participants, and medical groups to create savings in overall spend. Consider that five percent of Medicare beneficiaries account for almost 50 percent of […]

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Cancer Treatment Costs are Consistently Lower in the Community Setting Versus the Hospital Outpatient Department

March 30th, 2017

Nearly 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses in the United States are projected for 2017. Controlling the cost of treating cancer is an important consideration for curbing the overall cost of health care.

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Analysis of 52 PAC Trends

November 28th, 2016

PAC represents the next frontier of opportunity for the success of ACOs, BPCI Model 2 participants, and CJR hospitals. In fact, of the ACOs which achieved shared savings, most attribute their success to closer PAC care coordination. Hospitals are narrowing networks, wanting to find the best PAC partners possible, and stronger care pathways and coordination are taking place at unprecedented levels.

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