Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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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  • New Case Study: How Community Health Centers Are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

    Apr 17, 2019

    Last month, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the United Hospital Fund released The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families. The report made clear that the magnitude of the opioid epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized. In a companion case study to the report, Robert M. Hayes and Joseph Squitieri, DO, of Community Healthcare Network, a federally qualified health center in New York City, explore how community health centers are addressing the opioid epidemic. Read more

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  • SIMulating Lessons in Aligning Health Care Payers

    Apr 18, 2019 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was Christmas for health policy engineers—especially at the state level. With the stroke of the pen (and some divisive procedural maneuvering by Democrats), supporters of a strong state government role in health policy were handed a gift box of new tools—an individual mandate, an employer mandate for larger businesses, Medicaid coverage expansions, individual … Read more

  • Early View

    State Innovation Models

    Introduction: State Innovation Models

    April 2019 | Joshua M. Sharfstein

    In 2013, the federal government challenged US states to reform health care delivery and payment methods in order to improve health while also lowering health care costs. Six states—Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont—rose to the challenge. Through Round 1 of the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided the states with more than $250 million to support the implementation of new clinical and payment models. This issue of The Milbank Quarterly contains the first three papers evaluating this effort. Read more

  • Featured Article

    Original Scholarship

    The Economic Value of Education for Longer Lives and Reduced Disability

    March 2019 | Patrick M. Kreuger, Ilham A. Dehry, Virginia W. Chang

    Although it is well established that educational attainment improves health and longevity, the economic value of this benefit is unknown. Researchers estimate that the economic value of education for longer, healthier lives is comparable to or greater than the value of education for lifetime earnings. A template that assigns an economic value to the health benefits associated with education or other social determinants can allow policymakers to prioritize those interventions that yield the greatest value for the population. Read more

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