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February 2, 2016
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has released a new evidence report that looks at the effectiveness of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Published with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund, the fifth annual report highlights studies of 30 primary care PCMH initiatives from around the country published last year that measured cost and utilization of service—and analyzes the findings. The report also describes the payment model for each initiative and the implications of Medicare payment reform.
January 27, 2016
The Milbank Quarterly is pleased to report its most-read peer-reviewed articles and op-eds of 2015. The most popular peer-reviewed article was by John Whittington and colleagues at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It looked at seven years of pursuing the “Triple Aim”—and what health care organizations need for successful implementation.
The most-read op-ed was by Donald Berwick—and it outlined 10 suggested topics for health services research to focus on in the next decade.
January 14, 2016
What would be a fair and legitimate profit for pharmaceutical companies who create new drugs? That's the question raised by Catherine DeAngelis' new Early View Op-Ed in which she looks at the reasons why pharmaceutical companies' profit margins have crossed the line from reasonable to unethical.
Fortunately, the skyrocketing costs of medications has attracted the attention of both federal and state legislators. Could change be afoot?
December 15, 2015
In the decades since reproductive health rights emerged as an issue before the US Supreme Court, there never has been a term quite like the current one, which will conclude several months before the 2016 presidential election.
In a new Milbank Quarterly Early View Op-Ed, Sara Rosenbaum takes a look at several upcoming Supreme Court cases that focus on access to contraception and abortion. The paradox of combining abortion and contraception at the Court cannot be lost on anyone. The United States has a higher rate of abortions than that of other developed countries because use of contraceptives is relatively low. The imperative for access to the most effective forms of contraception and to safe abortions thus could not be greater, given the health consequences of unplanned childbearing. The ultimate question: will public health triumph in the Court?
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Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
The hip-hop Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton’s life may be the hottest ticket in town, but Hamilton’s well-known advocacy for a strong national government is not getting much love on the campaign trail or in political discourse. The views of his perennial foe, James Madison, are faring much better. Dwelling on the tyranny and incompetence of the federal government is all the rage—whether the topic is the Affordable Care Act or firearm violence.
This centuries-old debate was on my mind last month when our Reforming States Group (RSG) Steering Committee met for two days in Washington, DC. The bipartisan group of state legislators and executive branch officials met and had informal discussions with two different sets of senior federal administration officials from across the spectrum of health and human services. It was a setup for a showdown. If there is one thing Republicans and Democrats from the states can agree on, it is the agony of dealing with federal officials.