The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that publishes The Milbank Quarterly, commissions projects, and convenes state health policy decision makers on issues they identify as important to population health.
We focus on a number of topic areas identified by state health policy leaders as important to population health.
The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design.
Keep up with news and updates from the Milbank Memorial Fund. Get the latest from thought leaders, including Christopher F. Koller, president of the Fund.
We publish The Milbank Quarterly, as well as reports, issues briefs, and case studies on topics important to population health.
Jan 17, 2019
A certificate of public advantage (COPA) is a tool used by states to permit and oversee hospital mergers that create monopoly powers. A few months ago, we published a paper about the use of a COPA in Tennessee and Virginia. But what happens when a COPA is repealed? In a new issue brief, Erin Fuse Brown, of Georgia State University College of Law, takes a look at the COPA law in North Carolina … Read more
Dec 19, 2018
2018 was a major year for state leadership change. Nearly 82% of all state legislative seats were up for election and elections for governor were held in 36 states. During three Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings in November and December, attendees from 38 states discussed likely effects of the recent election on state and federal health policy—and the importance of leadership during … Read more
If durable policy remains the result of bipartisan efforts, what does the future of state health care reform look like? In a new NEJM Perspective piece, The Future of Health Care Reform — A View from the States on Where We Go from Here, Christopher Koller, Fund president, along with researchers Christina Pagel and David K. Jones, asked state health policy leaders about what a shift toward state … Read more
Dec 4, 2018
The Fund is hiring a new communications director. The director, a critical part of the Fund’s team, oversees all aspects of the Fund’s communications efforts. He/she will develop and execute the Fund’s communications plan, ensuring that all communications are consistent with the Fund’s strategic direction, are of the highest editorial and design quality, and reach the Fund’s target … Read more
Nov 29, 2018
Beginning in November and through early December, state government health policy leaders from around the country are heading to Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, and Charleston, South Carolina for the Reforming States Group’s three annual fall meetings. The Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings are the hallmark of the group, composed of state health policy leaders from both the … Read more
The Milbank Memorial Fund has joined several other foundations—including The John A. Hartford Foundation, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—to work on a national initiative to advance strategies in support of family caregivers. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), which is implementing the initiative, announced earlier this month … Read more
Nov 27, 2018
For the second year in a row, the Milbank Memorial Fund has partnered with AcademyHealth to recognize state and local efforts to advance the use of data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. State and local health agencies require robust data and analytics for program design, operations, and evaluation. However, these agencies often lack the capacity to … Read more
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
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
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
To Oversee or Not to Oversee? Lessons from the Repeal of North Carolina’s Certificate of Public Advantage Law
January 17, 2019
Hospital Mergers and Public Accountability: Tennessee and Virginia Employ a Certificate of Public Advantage
September 26, 2018
Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy
September 17, 2018