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The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience.
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The Reforming States Group (RSG), a bipartisan group of state health policy leaders from the executive and legislative branch, work on solutions to problems in health care.
The Reforming States Group recently hosted a webinar on “Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings: What Works for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.” The webinar was moderated by Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD, Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University, based on a Milbank Memorial Fund report of the same title.Read more
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
State health policymakers face more work than they can handle now. Delivery system reform. Medicaid sustainability and expansion. Affordable Care Act implementation. The latest public health issue. Angry constituents. When can they collaborate with private sector leaders working on some of the same issues?
The Fund, with the help of the Network for Regional Health Improvement, recently convened teams of state staff and Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives—local coalitions of providers, health plans, and other stakeholders focused on improving health care—from eight states for a couple of days to share successes in collecting and reporting claims and clinical information and do some joint state-level planning.
Some great insights emerged, but the convening left me with a more fundamental conundrum: why can’t these guys be more aligned?