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Dollars spent on health care are dollars not available for other uses. Understanding the rate at which costs are growing—and the growth rate the economy can bear—is important for the financial health of any state. A new Milbank Memorial Fund report, “State Models for Health Care Cost Measurement: A Policy and Operational Framework,” looks at total cost of care measurement activities in four states, their rates of increase over time, and the policy priorities in each state that are driving the activity.Read the report
Everyone is talking about "population health" these days. And increasingly, states are looking at ways to incorporate population health goals into delivery system reform. An issue brief published by the Milbank Memorial Fund looks at how accountable care collaboratives, including Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) or other ACO-like models, offer opportunities for states to do this.Read the issue brief
Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
Welcome to health care’s economic wonderland:
“Health care costs are killing employers and the government budget.”
“Health care jobs are the key to our economic recovery.”
“We want to lure more high-paying biotech jobs into our community.”
These contradictory statements often peacefully coexist in the magical reality of this wonderland. When I was health insurance commissioner in Rhode Island, the same leaders who urged me to deny rate increases to insurers also championed any growth in health care jobs and vied to attend the next ribbon-cutting ceremony for a hospital expansion.
A few states, though, are trying to create a new reality, changing the way health care is provided and paid for.