News and Updates

  • Working Together to Address the Multigenerational Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

    Oct 31, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction usually focuses on the individual. But children and family members of the addicted individual are also affected—and overlooked, say researchers Carol Levine and Suzanne Brundage from the United Hospital Fund (UHF), who maintain that an urgent response to the “ripple effect,” as it’s called, is needed to prevent the multigenerational trauma that affects … Read more

  • New England States to Collaborate on Key Health Policy Issues

    Oct 31, 2018

    States share a common set of problems and issues emerging from rapid changes in health care markets and regulatory environments. For states that share borders, economies, and health care markets, why not collaborate, instead of working on these issues separately? That was one of the takeaways from a 2017 meeting sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund and the New England States Consortium … Read more

  • Primary Care Investments Are Top of Mind for Many New England States

    Oct 31, 2018

    Representatives from state agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont met earlier this month to hear and discuss reports from multi-state workgroups related to Certificate of Need reform and hospital regulatory issues,  improving the value of community benefits reports, data-sharing opportunites, and primary care investments. The meeting was … Read more

  • New Cohort Begins the Fund’s Leadership Program

    Sep 27, 2018

    The Fund kicked off the newest session of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) earlier this month at an in-person meeting in San Francisco. The third group of state health policy officials to participate in the program included 18 leaders from 15 states, including both legislators and those from the executive branch. Created in 2015, the ELP has evolved into a practical, skills-based program … Read more

  • New Report: Hospital Mergers and Public Accountability: Tennessee and Virginia Employ a Certificate of Public Advantage

    Sep 26, 2018

    How are states responding to the growing trend of hospital system mergers? As health care consolidation increases, policymakers have to reconcile growing evidence that most consolidations raise prices with the political pressure regulators face to approve these mergers. Several states have responded by issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs), a legal mechanism through which they can … Read more

  • New Case Studies: Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program was designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy change, while addressing the multiple determinants of population health. One of its goals was to produce a cadre of scientific leaders who could contribute to this research and spearhead action to improve overall population health and … Read more

  • Four States, Four Ways to Manage and Measure Health Care Costs

    Aug 28, 2018

    “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”  – Peter Drucker.  States face growing challenges to manage and measure health care costs. By looking at the cost performance across all payers of the system as a whole, or a particular set of services such as hospital care, these states can advance more comprehensive strategies for delivery system reform. This month, we took a look at four … Read more

  • New Milbank-Supported Report: Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful ACOs

    Aug 13, 2018

    Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) were often considered to be competing models for reforming health care delivery. Not now. It’s increasingly apparent that one helps the other. That’s the main finding from the new Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) 2018 evidence report, “Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Announces New Editor of The Milbank Quarterly

    Jul 26, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Alan B. Cohen, ScD, will serve as the editor of The Milbank Quarterly, effective August 1, 2018. Cohen is a research professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department of the Questrom School of Business and professor of health law, policy, and management in the Boston University School of Public Health. Cohen was the national … Read more

  • Milbank Quarterly’s Impact Factor Score Goes Up

    Jul 26, 2018

    The Milbank Quarterly’s 2017 Journal Impact Factor score jumped to 6.0 in Clarivate Analytics’ recently released Journal Citation Reports, up from 4.897 in 2016. The score is based on articles published from 2015 to 2016 and cited in 2017. The Journal Impact Factor is the gold standard for measuring the impact of scholarly work. The Quarterly is 2nd out of 74 journals in the Health … Read more