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The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design.
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.
Oct 21, 2015
Several Milbank Memorial Fund collaborators gathered for a conference—Vested Interests: Who Really Influences American Medicine, Public Health and Health Policy?—at the University of Michigan on October 1 and 2. The event, which was sponsored by the university’s Center for the History of Medicine and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), was organized by Howard Markel, … Read more
Oct 19, 2015
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), originally developed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are growing—and serve both public and private sector payers. They have the potential to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while achieving cost savings. However, they may also present risks—including those related to solvency, consumer protection, and anti-competitive … Read more
Oct 9, 2015
“Medicaid Has Great Responsibility Without Great Power,” reads the headline in Governing magazine in an article about the Fund’s new Medicaid leadership report. “There’s no denying that the government health-care program has expanded in the past 50 years,” the article begins. “But for all its growth, Medicaid hasn’t really improved its governance or increased its power.” The … Read more
Sep 28, 2015
Developing effective Medicaid leadership and organizational structures is one of the paramount challenges facing governors and legislatures. Medicaid has grown from a program that, in 1987, comprised 10% of state budgets to one that in 2013, comprised 25% of state budgets. The size and scope of these programs raise questions about the way they are run and organized. In this report, Andy … Read more
Sep 21, 2015
The Reforming States Group (RSG) is run by a Steering Committee, consisting of RSG members. This leadership group, responsible for planning annual meetings, overseeing projects, and recruiting new members, meets twice a year. In early September, 23 members of the RSG Steering Committee met in Denver to discuss RSG governance issues and plans for upcoming regional meetings. The meeting also offered … Read more
The Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative submitted a letter via the Federal Register in late August in response to Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016. The proposed rule, which addresses changes to the physician fee schedule, and other Medicare Part B payment policies, is an attempt to ensure that … Read more
Sep 10, 2015
Jane Beyer will join the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer on October 5, 2015. Beyer, most recently the Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will coordinate programs and projects between the Center and the Fund. A legal services lawyer by … Read more
Aug 17, 2015
Fund President Christopher Koller, Milbank Quarterly op-ed contributor Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, and former Reforming States Group member Ann Hwang have published a Viewpoint in a recent issue of JAMA, entitled, “State Leadership in Health Care Transformation, Red and Blue.” The paper, which focuses on the reasons why states play such an important role in improving population health, examines … Read more
The measurement of cost across a state’s health care system—and setting targets for cost reduction—is a relatively new focus for states. In April, the Milbank Memorial Fund published a report on total cost of care (TCOC) measurement in four states, describing and comparing the policies in those states driving the activity, and the technical operations supporting it. As more states move to a … Read more
Jul 21, 2015
When the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), an initiative of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), wanted feedback from states about the program, they asked the Milbank Memorial Fund to convene a meeting to facilitate discussion between CMS and the states. The goal of IAP is to stimulate delivery system reform by states for Medicaid populations—and to support states’ … Read more
The Evolving Policy Landscape of Telehealth Services Delivered in the Home and Other Nonclinical Settings
August 14, 2019
Investing in Primary Care: A State-Level Analysis
July 19, 2019
In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
June 19, 2019
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