News and Updates

  • Delaware Moves Forward on Comprehensive Health Care Cost Measures

    May 31, 2018

    Massachusetts isn’t the only state making progress when it comes to measuring health care costs. Delaware is also moving forward with its own approach. Delaware’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Kara Odom Walker was tasked with leading this effort. The Fund assisted the secretary’s work by sharing policy lessons learned from the Total Cost of … Read more

  • New Issue Brief – Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development

    May 23, 2018

    Providers, payers, and state policymakers are moving to implement behavioral health integration (BHI) models as evidence of their effectiveness builds. But many states face an obstacle—the lack of a health care workforce that has the legal authority, training, and skills necessary to practice in these new models. How can states accelerate the development of a BHI workforce? The Milbank … Read more

  • Chicago’s Childhood Lead Paint Data Sharing Project Wins State and Local Innovation Prize

    Apr 30, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth have announced that Chicago’s Childhood Lead Paint Data Sharing Project has won the inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize, recognizing state and local efforts to use data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. The winner was announced on the mainstage of 2018 Health Datapalooza on April 26. The … Read more

  • How Can States Control Health Care Costs — 6 Questions for David Seltz, Executive Director of Massachusetts’s Health Policy Commission

    Apr 30, 2018

    State policymakers want to know how to control health care costs.  In fact, global budgeting, the idea of putting a limit on spending, is attracting attention. The New York Times recently published an article on Maryland’s work on cost containment, Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget?  To find out more about Massachusetts’ efforts, we asked David Seltz, executive … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Collaborates with Other Foundations to Help People with Complex Care Needs

    Apr 30, 2018

    This month, the Milbank Memorial Fund joined a collaborative of five foundations working together to improve the health outcomes and daily lives of individuals with complex care needs. This group of prominent philanthropic organizations, which includes The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN … Read more

  • New Report – Views from the Heartland: Prospects for Bipartisanship in Health Reform

    Apr 26, 2018

    Last year’s “repeal and replace” fight in Congress underscored how deep—and deeply confusing—disagreements over health care policy can be. And if two truisms of social reform policies—that all progress is incremental and durable policies are bipartisan—still hold, then what does that portend for health care policy in the US? David Jones, assistant professor at Boston … Read more

  • Policymakers from Four States Gather to Learn about Reforming their Medicaid LTSS Systems

    Mar 29, 2018

    Low-income adults who need and use long-term services and supports (LTSS) are among the most complex, expensive, and fast-growing populations covered by Medicaid. State officials face challenges in organizing and paying for these services. In light of the new federal policy environment and interest in improving LTSS, the Fund, in partnership with the SCAN Foundation and the Center for Health Care … Read more

  • In-Person CPC+ Payers’ Meeting Highlights the Impact of Integration on Patient Experience

    Mar 29, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative has been bringing together a diverse group of payers for the last three years. They may be in competition with one another, but they are eager for the opportunity to learn from experts and each other. The largest group of this kind to be hosted by the Fund—40 people, representing 23 public, private, regional, and national insurance … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Hiring New Program Officer

    Mar 29, 2018

    The Fund is hiring a new program officer. The officer, a critical part of the Fund’s team, helps organize and facilitate the Reforming States Group and is a key liaison with the Fund’s network of state health policy leaders. S/he will also lead particular projects chosen by the Fund that explore policy issues and collaborate with other partners as needed. This is an excellent opportunity … Read more

  • 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