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Biruk Bekele

Biruk Bekele supports clients in market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy.

With a particular interest in data analytics, value-based payment models, and physician-administered therapies, he applies his experience to help clients maximize product access and improve healthcare delivery.

Prior to joining Avalere, Biruk was a ata analyst at the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, where he investigated medical supply transactions to simulate hospital negotiations and determine the impact of price transparency on cost savings. Additionally, he has worked with various start-ups focusing on expanding an educational platform for pre-medical students, evaluating the value of video telemedicine for nurse case managers and investigating high-priority markets for smartphone diagnostics platform Biomeme.

Biruk has a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and minored in Biology.

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While clinicians have been hesitant to assume risk, bonus payments would result in 9 out of 10 ACOs and their participants achieving a net positive financial impact.

Avalere simulation finds that more ACOs will be eligible for earnings if they take on two-sided risk.

Listen in as Avalere's Biruk Bekele talks about a new model Avalere has developed to help life sciences companies more effectively target ACOs and customize their value propositions in the diabetes space based on ACO performance. The number of ACOs has grown rapidly in the past few years, reflecting the Department of Health and Human Services’ push to move 50% of Medicare spending to value-based payment models by 2018.