Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
Why Can’t We Be Friends? The Challenge of Public-Private Collaborations that Improve Health Care
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?