News and Updates

  • Multi-State Collaborative Responds to Revisions to 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

    Sep 21, 2015

    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

  • Jane Beyer Named Program Officer at Center for Evidence-based Policy and Milbank Memorial Fund

    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

  • Christopher Koller Co-Authors JAMA Viewpoint

    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

  • Measuring Cost Across a State’s Health Care System

    Aug 17, 2015

    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

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Hosts IAP Meeting

    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

  • First Milbank Memorial Fund Leadership Program to be Held

    Jul 21, 2015

    The health of communities will always depend, in part, on a continuing supply of informed and capable leaders in state government. With this in mind, the Milbank Memorial Fund—and the Reforming States Group (RSG)— has created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), an interactive workshop designed to help individuals from the executive and legislative branches develop skills that will enhance … Read more

  • How Are We Doing? Payers Talk About Progress in Multi-Payer Reform to Improve Primary Care

    Jul 21, 2015

    There’s nothing better than sitting down and talking face-to-face with others involved in the same work as you. That’s what happened in June, when the Fund hosted ameeting in Washington, DC, that brought together leaders from CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) with a variety of payers involved in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, … Read more

  • Primary Care Transformation: Ten Lessons for the Path Forward

    Jun 26, 2015

    What fosters sustainable primary care transformation? What stands in the way? These questions are the focus of a Rocky Mountain Health Plans’ Issue Brief that highlights the work of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC). Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, the Director of the MC—and three other experts with first-hand experience working with states—were interviewed and identified … Read more

  • Reforming States Group Remembers Rev. Clementa Pinckney

    Jun 18, 2015

    The Fund joins many others in expressing regret and outrage at the murder of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his fellow parishioners as they prayed inside Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last night. Rev. Pinckney, a South Carolina State Senator, participated in a meeting of the Fund’s Reforming States Group. Says Christopher Koller, … Read more

  • Mark Gibson Retires

    Jun 16, 2015

    Mark Gibson, a program officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund since 2003 and co-director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health and Science … Read more