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Navigant Launches New Center for Healthcare Research and Policy

September 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM EDT
Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis Releases First Issue Brief on the Next Wave of Accountable Care Organizations

CHICAGO, Sep 30, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Today, Navigant launched the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (Center) – a data-driven, non-partisan resource center designed to bring valuable insights relative to how changing health policy and market dynamics are impacting the U.S. healthcare system.

As part of a series of issue briefs that will be developed over the coming months, the Center released today a new piece of research, titled The Future of Accountable Care Organizations: How to Create Increased Shared Savings with Payers. The data outlined in the issue brief demonstrates a growing revitalization in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and details the new characteristics driving the next wave of ACOs. The new model of ACO, ACO 2.0, will transition to a paradigm that shifts clinical and financial risk to clinically integrated networks featuring bundled payments.

ACO 2.0 – The Next Wave of ACOs

Bundled payments address high cost populations where savings potential is greater and the impact is actualized sooner. Research suggests that assessment, organization and implementation are necessary to redesign the traditional ACO model to include bundled payments. According to the report, larger savings shared by providers can be optimized through the acceptance of financial risk among tighter networks of high performing practitioners in the acute and post-acute settings. Consumers are expected to benefit from lower costs, fewer hassles, less redundancy and better outcomes in the new model.

“The issue brief from the Center is the first of many data-driven reports and explores bundled payments as a way to energize the traditional ACO model to create true shared savings,” said Paul Keckley, Managing Director for the Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis. “It’s an exciting time to launch the Center given the significant changes within the U.S. healthcare system and the need for reliable data to help inform policy and marketplace debate relative to the evolving healthcare landscape The Center will explore innovative solutions to real healthcare challenges based on the views and needs of all industry stakeholders.”

The Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis

The Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis provides objective, fact-based information for healthcare decision makers useful to the planning and execution of strategic efforts. The Center focuses on trends and issues relevant to each of the industry’s major sectors and monitors signals from the market to identify innovative solutions and facilitate implementation within the fast-changing healthcare environment.

"The Center is well-equipped to develop independent and innovative solutions to clients across the payer, provider, government and life sciences sectors," said David Zito, Managing Director and practice leader of Navigant Healthcare. "The Center’s research-based approach coupled with the deep industry knowledge of our professionals enables Navigant Healthcare to offer unprecedented solutions to our clients in the wake of vast change."

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About Navigant Healthcare

Navigant Healthcare, a Navigant Consulting practice, works collaboratively across a spectrum of clients in the payer, provider and life sciences space. Our professionals consist of industry thought leaders, healthcare executives, clinicians, physicians and seasoned consultants who assist health systems, physician organizations, payers and life sciences companies in designing, developing and implementing integrated, technology-enabled solutions that create high-performing healthcare organizations. Navigant’s Life Sciences practice, a Navigant Healthcare subpractice, assists global life sciences companies in gaining competitive advantage by maximizing their business development, market access, strategic marketing, marketing research, brand management, and pricing and reimbursement initiatives. More information about Navigant Healthcare can be found at More information about Navigant’s Life Sciences expertise can be found at

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