The Fund supports several networks of state health policymakers to help identify, inspire, and inform policy leaders.
The Fund identifies and shares policy ideas and analysis on topics important to state health policymakers, particularly on issues related to state leadership, primary care, aging, and total costs of care.
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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.
April 30, 2018
Total Costs of Care
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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 director of Massachusetts’s Health Policy Commission, six questions about how Massachusetts addressed this issue and established a state health care cost growth target in statute.
Background In 2012, Massachusetts took a decisive step to address this issue by establishing a state health care cost growth target in statute. The law created a new entity—the Health Policy Commission (HPC)—to implement that target and a complementary set of activities designed to hold down cost growth without shifting costs or reducing access or quality.
Having a commission that is expert-led and transparent has a lot of advantages as the environment in health care continues to change.
The Milbank Memorial Fund supports states that are investigating efforts to measure total costs of care. For more information, contact Rachel Block at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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