News and Updates

  • Update on CPC+ and the Multi-State Collaborative

    Feb 27, 2017

    2017 began with the launch of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations’ multi-payer primary care transformation project and second largest provider payment reform project—in 14 regions around the country, with nearly 3,000 clinical practices, 54 public and private insurers, and Medicare engaged.  A flurry of activity followed. Participants … Read more

  • Deadline to Assess Massachusetts Health Care Cost Benchmark Approaches

    Feb 27, 2017

    Massachusetts is one of several states addressing total health care cost measures.  Since 2013, the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) has set an annual health care spending target based on state economic growth. A lower benchmark rate is set to take effect in 2018. The HPC will hold a hearing on the new benchmark on March 8, 2017. Helping state officials measure their state’s health … Read more

  • Topics from the Fall 2016 Reforming States Group Meetings

    Jan 31, 2017

    The following topics were the subject of presentations at the fall Reforming States Group meetings: Aging — presentations focused on rebalancing long-term services and supports and the integration of Medicare and Medicaid services; Leveraging Medicaid for the Social Determinants of Health, a presentation about how Medicaid can be leveraged to address social factors; Integrated Data … Read more

  • Delegation from Massachusetts Heads to Minnesota to Learn about Cost Containment

    Jan 25, 2017

    In December, 14 members of the Massachusetts Senate headed to Minnesota to learn from state officials there about cost containment. The trip, requested by Massachusetts, was created to help the state investigate new ways to contain health care costs. The Fund, which paid for travel, room, and board, developed an agenda for the two-day meeting including meetings with public officials, researchers, … Read more

  • Book Event Held for Rosemary Stevens, PhD, MPH

    Jan 25, 2017

    On January 18, the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) and The New York Academy of Medicine hosted a book discussion and reception in honor of Rosemary Stevens, PhD, MPH, the author of A Time of Scandal: Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the Making of the Veterans Bureau (Johns Hopkins University Press). Professor Stevens, a longtime member of the Board of the MMF, is a DeWitt Wallace … Read more

  • Q and A with Laura Kelly, Kansas State Senator

    Jan 25, 2017

    Laura Kelly, elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, is currently the assistant minority leader of that legislative body.  For the last eight years, she has served as ranking minority member on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home Community Based Services and KanCare, the Kansas version of Medicaid.  This is also her 10th year as … Read more

  • Reforming States Group Publishes Letter to the New Administration

    Dec 22, 2016

    While Congress prepares to debate the future of the Affordable Care Act, we know that bipartisan action on health care reform is possible. A diverse group of state health leaders has endorsed a bipartisan agenda (link) to improve population health for the new administration. The authors are members of the Reforming States Group’s Steering Committee —one of the nation’s only bipartisan … Read more

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Kicks Off High-Priced Drug Committee

    Dec 22, 2016

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has assembled an ad hoc committee to address patient access to affordable drugs. The Milbank Memorial Fund is one of the sponsors of the committee’s work. The committee will issue a report to address issues such as trends in drug pricing, improved patient access to effective treatments, and innovations that address the needs of … Read more

  • Nick Macchione Named One of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year”

    Dec 22, 2016

    Nick Macchione, Director of Health and Human Services, San Diego County, California, was named one of Governing magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year.” Macchione is a long-time member of the Reforming States Group and its Steering Committee. Governing has been recognizing individual state and local government officials for their outstanding accomplishments since 1994.  Macchione was … Read more

  • Pre-Holiday Update from the Multi-State Collaborative

    Dec 22, 2016

    December has been a busy month for the Multi-State Collaborative—and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On December 20, CMS released the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) Third Annual Report with impact findings from the first three years of the initiative through the end of December 2015.  Key evaluation findings including the following: Combined results from … Read more