Dobson|DaVanzo

Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC is a health economics and policy consulting firm based in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Over the past dozen years, the work of our principals has influenced the design of demonstrations and many public policy decisions and appears in numerous instances in legislation and regulation. Our litigation support efforts have helped courts, plaintiffs, and defendants understand the economic value of various health care issues. 

Latest News

Latest News

Preliminary 2020 Claims Suggest Medicare Home Health Payment Rates Set Too Low

Preliminary 2020 Claims Suggest Medicare Home Health Payment Rates Set Too Low

Dobson | DaVanzo analyzed preliminary 2020 Medicare Home Health claims and found that agencies may be underpaid on a case basis in 2020 due to the dual pressures of payment system reform and the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). This work, sponsored by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, was submitted during the CY2021 HH PPS proposed rule public comment period and will be made available in the federal register. In it, we examine the extent to which home health agencies have conformed to behavioral assumptions, the basis of prospective CMS rate reductions in 2020. Ultimately, we found evidence that the system has a base payment rate which leads to payments that are 6% lower in implementation than expected in prior rulemaking. CMS reduced rates for 2020 by 4.36% on the basis of assumed provider behavioral responses to the new payment system.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Extended Dobson | DaVanzo’s Contract for Part D Formulary and Benefits Assessment Project

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Extended Dobson | DaVanzo’s Contract for Part D Formulary and Benefits Assessment Project

In July, CMS exercised Option Period 2 to extend Dobson | DaVanzo’s contract to assist with Part D Formulary and Benefits Assessment.

Dobson DaVanzo's Expertise Leads to a Settlement in the Connecticut Department of Social Services Medicaid Rate Appeals Case

Dobson DaVanzo's Expertise Leads to a Settlement in the Connecticut Department of Social Services Medicaid Rate Appeals Case

Dobson | DaVanzo provided expert consulting and testimony concerning hospital taxes and Medicaid rates for the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) over a period of several years. The CHA just received a “final” settlement. 

Publications

Dobson | DaVanzo's principals are committed to being on the cutting-edge of healthcare research. Backed by the team's decades of experience, Dobson | DaVanzo's numerous studies of hospitals, finance, Medicare provider payments, and preventive healthcare services have been published in a variety of journals and are used as a resource by researchers, policy makers, legislators and others.

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Accountable Care Organizations

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Behavioral Health

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Bundling and Episodic Payment

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Cohort Comparison of Clinical Outcomes

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Community Health Care

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Cost Estimation

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Durable Medical Equipment

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Economic Impact

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ESRD

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Group Purchasing Organization

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Health Care Reform

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Hospital Finance

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Post Acute Care

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Quality Measures

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Workforce