April 25, 2018

The State of Healthcare Today: Report on Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts

As healthcare spending in the U.S. reaches unsustainable levels, the value-based reform movement seeks to rein in costs and improve quality. Amid these reform efforts, Leavitt Partners surveyed hundreds of physicians and employers, and thousands of consumers across the nation in an effort to understand how these different stakeholders approach healthcare’s challenges and solutions.

All three groups agree that fundamental changes are needed to make the U.S. health system work better; however, physicians and employers disagree on which payment reform efforts will work, who is responsible for driving reform, and which are the most important barriers to overcome. Consumers expressed the need for fundamental, systemic changes to the healthcare system, yet report satisfaction with their individual health care, including their health insurance plan.

Click here to read the findings.

Click here to register for Leavitt’s May 2 webinar about the findings.

The ROI on Social Determinants of Health: Moving From Theory to Practice

Most people intuitively agree that focusing on social determinants of health (SDOH) can improve health and reduce costs. But who should pay for it, and what are the economic returns?

Our friends at Leavitt Partners hosted a webinar last week, moderated by Healthcare Futurist and 2017 EBLF Speaker, Ian Morrison, PhD. The discussion explored lessons learned from real efforts to improve SDOH that help identify pathways forward.

Listen to the recording.

ACA Reform Legislation Tracker

Our legal team at Steptoe & Johnson is tracking healthcare reform bills as they are introduced in Congress. Recent updates are noted in the top box on the first page of the document. This tracker is updated as of April 12.

Click here for the PDF.

Medicare for All?

One of the fundamental, but not expressly discussed, debates driving our health policy discussions in the United States is this: should the objective be that everyone has access to the same healthcare, or should it be to ensure everyone has access to a minimum necessary level of care?

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act actually could have gone either way with respect to this debate.

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