SALT LAKE CITY, May 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In anticipation of the forthcoming Supreme Court decision on the federal health reform law, Leavitt Partners has analyzed how various rulings by the court, when combined with 2012 election results for the White House and Congress, may impact the future of American health care. The analysis draws upon the significant experience and expertise of the Leavitt Partners FuturePanel™, an authoritative group of health care thought leaders who have shaped and continue to guide the American health care system.

The analysis has been distilled into a simple user interface — called Health Reform Bracketology — and is available on the Web at Leavitt Partners' principals are available to explain the analysis and comment on implications.

How does Health Reform Bracketology work?

Much like the brackets used in sporting competitions, Health Reform Bracketology prompts users to select whether the individual mandate and other aspects of the federal health reform law will be upheld or overturned.

Next, the user is given the option to select whether a Democrat or Republican will occupy the White House and which political party will secure a majority in Congress.

Once these selections are made, the tool shares an applied analysis by Leavitt Partners of the implications to Medicaid, Medicare, insurance reform, premium subsidies, health insurance exchanges, delivery reform and future legislative action. The analysis reveals the likely future of health care based on user-selected outcomes of the Court decision and the elections.

Interview Opportunities

In addition to this scenario tool, Leavitt Partners' principals are available to comment on the plausible future of federal health reform, from the Court's pending decision to the impact of the 2012 elections:

Rich McKeown — President and CEO of Leavitt Partners. An attorney by training, McKeown co-founded Leavitt Partners with Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and, in his previous role, served as the chief of staff of the Department of Health and Human Services, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the nation's largest federal department and the department most central to the implementation of federal health reform.

David Merritt — A senior advisor at Leavitt Partners and former CEO of the Center for Health Transformation. He has served as a health care advisor to several presidential campaigns and is the editor of Paper Kills 2.0, the sequel to the award-winning book about health care, Paper Kills.

Andrew Croshaw — A partner at Leavitt Partners and a former senior executive advisor to then Secretary Michael O. Leavitt at Health and Human Services. A Harvard MBA graduate, Croshaw has private sector experience with Eli Lilly and Novartis, and is an expert on value-driven health care.

About FuturePanel™

FuturePanel™ is an authoritative group of health care thought leaders who inform, refine and guide the health care intelligence shared by Leavitt Partners. FuturePanel members include former senior executives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, national leaders in health information technology, veterans of state-level health care policy, clinical experts and economic and legal professionals. Together, they provide Leavitt Partners with perspective and commentary from many of the people who have shaped and continue to guide the future of America's health care system.

FuturePanel members include:

Michael O. Leavitt, former Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary and FuturePanel chairperson
Joel Ario, former director of the Office of Insurance Exchanges, HHS
Robin Arnold-Williams, former secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Thomas Barker, former acting general counsel for HHS
Dr. David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health information technology
Charlene Frizzera, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Dr. James Madara, executive vice president and chief medical officer of the American Medical Association
Karen Milgate, former deputy director for the Center for Strategic Planning and CMS
Dr. John Nelson, past-president of the American Medical Association and LP chief medical officer
Ray Scheppach, former executive director of the National Governors Association
Dr. Barry Straube, former chief medical officer for CMS
Ronald Williams, former chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc.
Susan Winckler, former chief of staff for the Food and Drug Administration
Vince Ventimiglia, former assistant secretary for legislation, HHS

About Leavitt Partners

Leavitt Partners is a health care intelligence business. Through its member-based collaboration called Health Intelligence Partners™ and direct services to clients, the consulting firm provides the best available window to the future of American health care. For more information visit or call (801) 538-5082.

Natalie Gochnour