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Transgender Health Discrimination

A new Milbank Quarterly study shows that the discrimination experienced by gender minority people in public settings like bathrooms and health care facilities results in adverse health outcomes.
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New Report Published on Medicaid Leadership

September 28, 2015

Developing effective Medicaid leadership and organizational structures is one of the paramount challenges facing governors and legislatures. Medicaid has grown from a program that, in 1987, comprised 10% of state budgets to one that in 2013, comprised 25% of state budgets.

The size and scope of these programs raise questions about the way they are run and organized. In this report, Andy Allison, a former Medicaid director in two states, looks at current trends in Medicaid policy, organization, and leadership—including a review of corporate management theory and practice—and examines the program’s organization in state government and the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of program leadership.

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Multi-State Collaborative Responds to Revisions to 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

September 21, 2015

The Milbank Memorial Fund's Multi-State Collaborative submitted a letter via the Federal Register in late August in response to Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016. The proposed rule, which addresses changes to the physician fee schedule, and other Medicare Part B payment policies, is an attempt to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services. Of specific concern to members was a section that addressed the future of innovations underway in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative.

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Jane Beyer Named Program Officer at Center for Evidence-based Policy and Milbank Memorial Fund

September 10, 2015

Jane Beyer will join the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer on October 5, 2015.

Beyer, most recently the Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will coordinate programs and projects between the Center and the Fund. A legal services lawyer by training, Beyer brings a distinguished career in public service to the role, serving as Washington’s Medicaid Director and counsel to the House Democratic Counsel. She has been active in numerous national state health policy groups.

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Milbank Quarterly Online Exclusive: DIANA ZUCKERMAN ON 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT

Understanding the Controversies Over a Groundbreaking New Health Care Law

August 10, 2015

Within days of the Supreme Court’s decision to save rather than eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives did something surprising: They passed a groundbreaking health care law with strong bipartisan support. That sounds like good news. However, this groundbreaking health care law is almost as controversial as the previous one.

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Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund

Non-Partisan, but Not Neutral

Bipartisanship in health policy is hard to find. Pick your topic—Medicaid expansion, Medicare reform, or health insurance exchanges—and voices are shrill, slogans are wielded like swords, and opinions ossified. Powered by easy ideologies and campaign cash, the outcomes of partisanship are misunderstandings, distrust, and a lack of progress on important issues.

The Milbank Memorial Fund, in an attempt to combat this, explicitly seeks to bring state health policymakers together in non-partisan settings to fulfill our mission of “improving population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best evidence and experience.”