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  1. On the Front Lines of COVID-19: A Blueprint for Health and Human Services from Washington State

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  2. Medicaid and the Future of Health Care Hot-Spotting

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  3. Telehealth As a Tool to Address COVID-19: How Can States Make It Easier to Use?

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  4. Rapid Tech Deployment to Reach Vulnerable Residents: A Q&A with Washington State’s Health Care Authority

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  5. The Impact of COVID-19’s Closure of Meal Sites on Older Adults

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  6. COVID-19: Time for Health Insurers to Step Up

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New Milbank Quarterly Issue Released:  March 2020

  1. Early View Perspective

    Bending the Cost Growth Curve and Expanding Coverage: Lessons from Germany’s All‐Payer System
    A Tribute to Uwe Reinhardt

    By:  Tsung-Mei Cheng

    In a Perspective, Tsung-Mei Cheng of Princeton pays tribute to her late husband by bringing attention to an often-overlooked path to universal health coverage that he strongly supported: Germany’s all-payer system. More

  2. Opinion

    “Super‐Utilizer” Interventions: What They Reveal About Evaluation Research, Wishful Thinking, and Health Equity

    By:  Paula M. Lantz

    Lantz argues that super-utilizer interventions are cost-containment strategies that can help patients who are in critical need. To address its fundamental problems, the US needs broader solutions that are “aimed at the macro- and community-level systems and institutions that drive social, political, and economic disadvantage and health inequities.” More

  3. Early View Original Scholarship

    Which Priorities for Health and Well‐Being Stand Out After Accounting for Tangled Threats and Costs? Simulating Potential Intervention Portfolios in Large Urban Counties

    By:  Bobby Milstein Jack Homer

    It’s challenging for regional health leaders to prioritize health interventions when facing so many tangled threats to health and well-being. In a new Milbank Quarterly study, Bobby Milstein of ReThink Health and Jack Homer of MIT Sloan School of Management used a new simulation model to project the impact of regional health and well-being interventions over 20 years. More

  4. Original Scholarship

    Translating Knowledge into Action to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Medicare Expansion of the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention

    By:  Carlye Burd Stephanie Gruss Ann Albright Arielle Zina Patricia Schumacher Dawn Alley

    The Diabetes Prevention Program study published in 2002 showed that lifestyle changes—such as behavioral counseling, physical activity, and weight loss—could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes for high-risk adults. Eight years later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used this research to establish and then spread the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is now covered by Medicare and private payers. More

  5. Original Scholarship

    Medicaid Utilization and Spending among Homeless Adults in New Jersey: Implications for Medicaid‐Funded Tenancy Support Services

    By:  Joel C. Cantor Sujoy Chakravarty Jose Nova Taiisa Kelly Derek Delia Emmy Tiderington Richard W. Brown

    Rutgers Center for State Health Policy researchers found that homeless adult Medicaid beneficiaries in New Jersey have higher levels of health care needs and are more likely to visit the emergency department or require inpatient admissions. They conclude that offering tenancy support services that help homeless adults achieve stable housing may be a cost-effective strategy for improving the health of this vulnerable population while reducing spending on avoidable health care interventions. More

  6. Original Scholarship

    Maternal Mortality and Public Health Programs: Evidence from Florida

    By:  Patrick Bernet Gulcin Gumus Sharmila Vishwasrao

    A 10% increase in pregnancy-related public health spending led to a 13.5% decline in maternal mortality rates among black mothers and a 20% reduction in the black-white maternal mortality gap in Florida between 2001 and 2014. More

  7. Opinion

    Shareholders, Stakeholders, and US Health Care

    By:  John E. McDonough

    Last summer, The Business Roundtable, the nonprofit association of CEOs of major US companies, issued a statement calling the interests of workers, customers, communities, and other stakeholders as important as the interests of a company’s shareholders. In a new Opinion, Harvard University’s John E. McDonough says the change is noteworthy. Yet he observes that only 11 of the 183 CEOs who signed the statement head organizations in the health sector. More

  8. Opinion

    Medicaid’s Heavy Lift

    By:  Heidi L. Allen

    Medicaid has been under pressure for decades to show that it improves health outcomes, and this scrutiny has only increased with the current Medicaid expansion debate. In an early view opinion, new contributing writer Heidi Allen of Columbia University’s School of Social Work explains that Medicaid also faces problems related to stigma, and the fact it is funded by state tax dollars pits it against other policy sectors like education. More

The Milbank Quarterly Opinion

When Teaching Public Health Policy and Practice Becomes Reality: Lessons From the COVID-19 Crisis

Since 2015, I have taught a course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health called Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and…  More
Joshua M. Sharfstein

Joshua M. Sharfstein

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Six Ideas to Address Problems in the United States Health Care System

The Democratic primary debate around health care has been a tug-of-war between the competing ideas of a Medicare for All plan versus enhancing the…  More
Sherry Glied

Sherry Glied

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Healthy People 2030 Is On the Right Track—Aligning Measures Around Upstream Health Drivers

There is now general consensus that to improve the health and well-being of a population, we need to address all of the factors that drive health,…  More

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