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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  • Building Momentum to Measure Primary Care Spending

    Feb 28, 2018

    How much of our health care dollars actually go toward supporting primary care, which is consistently acknowledged to be key to improving population health?  Some states are working toward an answer. “At the Fund, we are working to increase policy focus on primary care spending,” said Rachel Block, Fund program officer. “It’s a good measure of how oriented a health system is to … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • Paying the Piper

    Feb 28, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Because the federal government can print money, the federal government can spend it. And spend it did, when the Affordable Care Act—even as adjusted by the Supreme Court—picked up 100% of the tab for newly eligible Medicaid enrollees, instead of the national average of 55%. But now that federal share is slowly decreasing—to 90% by 2020—and states that expanded Medicaid, lacking the … Read more

The Milbank Memorial Fund Seeks New Program Officer

The Milbank Memorial Fund is seeking a new program officer. The program officer is responsible for facilitating the Fund’s Reforming States Group and leading its Emerging Leaders Program. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with an understanding of state health policy and a commitment to helping state leaders improve the health of the people they serve.

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  • Featured Article

    The Effect of Medicaid on Management of Depression: Evidence From the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

    Katherine Baicker, Heidi L. Allen, Bill J. Wright, Sarah L. Taubman, Amy N. Finkelstein

    This study takes advantage of Oregon’s 2008 Medicaid lottery to gauge the causal effects of Medicaid coverage on mental health care using a randomized-controlled design and drawing on primary and administrative data sources. Medicaid coverage was found to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed depression by almost 50% and untreated depression by more than 60%. Read more

  • Transformation of the Health Care Industry: Curb Your Enthusiasm?

    Lawton Robert Burns, Mark V. Pauly

    Policymakers seek to transform the US health care system along two dimensions simultaneously—alternative payment models and new models of provider organization. How is the transformation going? Researchers found a low prevalence of provider risk payment models and slow movement toward new payment and organizational models—and that the impact of both on cost and quality is weak. Read more

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