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Romney Advisor Offers Views on Healthcare Policy

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2012

Leavitt offered the development of accountable care organizations as an example. "The ACO movement is a process. It wasn't initiated by legislation. It's been spontaneously developing for a long time."

His firm, Leavitt Partners, a Salt Lake City, UT–based healthcare intelligence business, has identified 221 ACOs across the country of which more than 73% are commercially affiliated. "This is a movement that's being powered outside of government payers. Activities I have observed in the ACO movement demonstrate to me that government payers are relatively slow innovators. I have fond memories if my time at HHS, but it is just the nature of government that it has a difficult time being an effective innovator. It's very good at powering innovation once it gets behind it, but it's not a particularly robust innovator itself."

Leavitt leveled some pointed criticism at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "I think CMS can be a helpful backer of innovation but there's evidence in the way CMS is going about it that there are times when it oversteps its appropriate role in this movement." He added that "it seems unproductive for CMS to be heavily involved in dictating how groups govern themselves. It would be a better role for CMS to help create performance criteria."

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2 comments on "Romney Advisor Offers Views on Healthcare Policy"


Todd (6/13/2012 at 4:40 PM)
CMS would do well to innovate by allowing Medicare to pay for out-of-country care by incenting international medical tourism. Why not? US hospitals are already losing money on Medicare anyway.

Karl S Davidson (6/13/2012 at 1:57 PM)
Health reform become"??..really. Health reform has been the initial beginning point for economic reform since day one, no thanks to the Republicans. Accounting for more than a third of our economy, it consumes needed capital from every other segment of (private and public) our whole economy. Health Reform barely got done. The "bid'nes" community and career politicians have clearly established themselves as incompetent and hopelessly lost as far as developing any humane program meant to serve the people on a personal level. We don't have a 200 mph race car, but did have a go-cart. The only ones working on it were Republicans and several stray "bluedogs". It's still a sad day, as the key professionals that should be reforming Health Care have been excluded and even prevented from being active in any role; by simple greed and corruption of both parties. AND, yes, I am a rocket scientist, and a Health Care Consultant.