News and Updates

  • The Role of MCOs in DSRIP Implementation – Six States Meet to Discuss

    Apr 19, 2016

    In March, the Milbank Memorial Fund brought together officials from six states to talk about the role of managed care organizations (MCOs) in state Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects. DSRIP, a Medicaid delivery system reform initiative, is a component of Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver programs, providing states with funds that can be used to support hospitals, … Read more

  • Update: Christopher F. Koller on a Big Week For Primary Care Transformation

    Apr 15, 2016

    This has been a big week for supporters of multi-payer alignment in health care and primary care transformation. On Monday, April 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced that they will be implementing a new payment model—Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). On Thursday, they released much delayed results from the evaluation of the second-year performance of the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative payment model, the precursor to CPC+. Read more

  • Massachusetts Legislators Learn about Evidence-Informed Health Policy

    Mar 23, 2016

    Is data the plural of anecdote? What is the value of using evidence—research and studies—to help inform policy and budget decisions? How do you distinguish good evidence from bad? These were some of the questions tackled at an Evidence-Informed Health Policy Workshop held earlier this month in response to a request from the Massachusetts Senate. The workshops, offered jointly by the Milbank … Read more

  • Massachusetts Moves Forward on Activities to Limit Health Care Cost Growth

    Mar 23, 2016

    How fast are health care costs growing in your state? What services or populations seem to be contributing most to those cost increases? Understanding the growth rate is important information for the financial health of states, as they struggle to provide needed services while limiting tax increases. The growth rate also has direct consequences for consumers, as health plan cost sharing has … Read more

  • The Center for Evidence-based Policy Receives $1.6 Million Grant to Address the Rising Cost of Pharmaceutical Drugs

    Mar 23, 2016

    The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University has received $1.6 million from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) in Houston, Texas, as part of a series of grants that address the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs. The Center is a strategic partner of the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF); the two organizations collaborate on promoting the development of … Read more

  • America’s ‘Lead Wars’ Go Beyond Flint, Michigan

    Mar 4, 2016

    Though the health crisis in Flint, Michigan, has highlighted the use of lead in water pipes, lead, a neurotoxin, can be found throughout the U.S. on walls, in soil, and in the air, says David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, authors of the 2013 UC Press/Milbank Book Lead Wars. The authors, who were interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, said, “The problem with lead is that it’s now really everywhere, and … Read more

  • RSG Survey is Focus of Health Affairs Grantwatch Blog

    Feb 11, 2016

    A 2015 survey of Reforming States Group (RSG) members—in which the Fund asked participants about the impact RSG meetings had on their work—was the subject of a Health Affairs Grantwatch blog this month. Like many other nonprofits, the Fund spends time assessing the impact of its work, guided by our mission of improving population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the … Read more

  • Topics from the Fall 2015 Reforming States Group Meetings

    Jan 27, 2016

    The following topics were the subject of presentations at the fall 2015 Reforming States Group meetings: Aging in America presentations on long-term care, aging and technology, and age-friendly communities Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: The Story of Colorado presentation by the Colorado Health Institute Evidence policy workshop on interventions to reduce emergency room use by the … Read more

  • Will You Be At AcademyHealth’s 2016 Health Policy Conference?

    Jan 20, 2016

    AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference will be held this year on February 1 and 2 in Washington, DC. The popular annual conference brings together senior health care decision makers and health service researchers to discuss opportunities and challenges in state and national health policy. Christopher Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, will be moderating a session on … Read more

  • What Have You Been Reading? Our Top Reports of 2015

    Jan 20, 2016

    In 2015, the Milbank Memorial Fund published reports and issue briefs on a wide range of topics in health policy. A look back at our new publications in 2015 reveal three that were our most popular. You can read them here, if you missed them earlier. The Role of State Medicaid Directors: A Leadership Imperative Written by Andy Allison, former Medicaid director in two states, the report … Read more