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  1. “Here. Not There”: Rebalancing Health Systems Toward Primary Care

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  2. Milbank Quarterly’s Top 5 Articles and Opinions of 2019

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  3. States Advancing Policies to Increase Primary Care Investment

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  4. Seizing on the Sutter Health Settlement to Create Competitive Health Care Markets Nationwide

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  5. New CLOUD Library Offers Curated Opioid Use Resources

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  6. The Milbank Memorial Fund’s Top 10 Articles of 2019

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New Milbank Quarterly Issue Released:  December 2019

  1. Early View 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

  2. 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

  3. Early View 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

  4. Early View 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

  5. Early View 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

State Networks

  • Reforming States Group

    The Reforming States Group is a bipartisan, voluntary, self-governing group of state health policy leaders from both the executive and legislative branches.

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  • Multipayer Primary Care Network

    The Multipayer Primary Care Network is a voluntary group of leaders who are representatives of state- or region-based, multipayer, primary care transformation initiatives.

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  • Emerging Leaders Program

    The Emerging Leaders Program seeks to develop practical, hands-on leadership skills in future senior executive and legislative officials.

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