News and Updates

  • High-Priced Drugs and Medicaid: SMART-D Releases First Report on Alternative Payment Models for Prescription Drugs Within State Medicaid Programs

    Sep 21, 2016

    The Center for Evidence-based Policy (CEbP) is making progress on SMART-D, the State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement and Purchasing Test for High-Cost Drugs. Earlier this month, the SMART-D group released a report examining the landscape of Medicaid drug purchasing, specifically focusing on state Medicaid programs’ ability to pursue alternative payment models. The SMART-D Summary Report … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Expands Its Leadership Program

    Sep 21, 2016

    Recognizing that the health of communities will always depend on a continuing supply of informed and capable leaders in state government, the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) and the Reforming States Group (RSG) created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in 2015. The interactive one-year program is designed to help individuals from the executive and legislative branches develop practical, hands-on … Read more

  • Colorado Learns about Washington State’s Medicaid and Supportive Housing Services Initiative

    Aug 22, 2016

    Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) combines affordable, community-based housing with access to supportive services to help vulnerable individuals and families exiting homelessness find stability, improve health outcomes, and reduce the use of emergency crisis services, including shelters, hospitals, detox centers, jails, and prisons. With a growing interest in utilizing Medicaid to help provide … Read more

  • Multi-State Collaborative Prepares for CPC+

    Aug 22, 2016

    On August 1, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the selection of 14 regions around the country that will be the sites of its largest multi-payer primary care and payment transformation program to date. In the 14 geographic areas, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) rewards the pursuit and achievement of increased quality and contained cost through innovative and … Read more

  • Q & A with Harriette Chandler, Massachusetts State Senator

    Aug 22, 2016

    The first woman to be elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Harriette Chandler has served as a state legislator for over 20 years. She is currently the Senate Majority Leader, Co-Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Oral Health Caucus. Since her early legislative days, Senator Chandler has been a member of the Reforming States Group (RSG), and has served on … Read more

  • Celebrating Avedis Donabedian’s Seminal Article Published 50 Years Ago in The Milbank Quarterly

    Jul 28, 2016

    Events and publications have marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Avedis Donabedian’s seminal article on quality measurement. Donabedian, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, published the paper, “Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care,” in The Milbank Quarterly in 1966—and his structure- process-outcome framework for health care quality … Read more

  • Addressing High-Cost Pharmaceutical Drugs

    Jun 24, 2016

    As the end of the month approaches, so does the end of phase one of SMART-D, the State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement and Purchasing Test for High-Cost Drugs. A project of the Center for Evidence-based Policy (CEbP) at Oregon Health and Science University, SMART-D is part of a series of grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Read more

  • Letter from Payers to CMS

    Jun 8, 2016

    In May, CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) held its annual Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative conference in Baltimore, Maryland. About 400 people attended the conference, the focus of which was the recently announced Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) and future directions. As it did last year, the Fund convened two additional meetings at … Read more

  • State Health Policy and Big Data: The Fund at the Health Datapalooza Conference

    May 26, 2016

    Put “palooza” at the end of “data”—and you get a sense of overflowing information and potential. That is the concept behind the Health Datapalooza conference, an opportunity to focus on accelerating the use of data to improve health. Hosted by AcademyHealth, the seventh annual conference was held in Washington, DC, in early May. Read more

  • Howard Markel Receives Honor from Johns Hopkins University

    Apr 19, 2016

    Howard Markel, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly, was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars on April 11. He is also the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Read more