News and Updates

  • 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

  • Supported State-Base Point of Convergence?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Is a supported state-based health insurance marketplace (SSBM) a match made in heaven for states implementing the Affordable Care Act? That’s the question Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, answers in a new blog post in Health Affairs. Do SSBMs offer the happy convergence of local control over insurance exchange functions and marketplace insight, with outsourcing of … Read more

  • Look for Us at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting

    Jun 9, 2015

    The Milbank Memorial Fund and The Milbank Quarterly will both be represented at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting on June 14 to 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Howard Markel, Editor-In-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly, will participate in the session “Publish or Perish: Meet the Editors, Part One” on Sunday, June 14, 4:30-6:00 pm. Find us at Booth 103 in the Exhibit Hall Enter our … Read more

  • When State Leaders and Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives Come Together

    May 20, 2015

    It stands to reason that states and regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) have a lot in common. Both are committed to population-based health reform. Both are trying to improve provider and health system performance. Both are using insurance claims data to do it. So what happens when you bring together state leaders and team them up with representatives from their own … Read more

  • Q & A with Lisa Dulsky Watkins

    May 20, 2015

    Since 2009, the Fund has supported the Multi-State Collaborative (MC), a group of states committed to transforming the primary care delivery system through payment reform across all payers. Most of the 18 member states that are part of the collaborative participate in either the MAPCP demonstration or the CPC initiative. Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, is the former Associate Director of the Vermont … Read more

  • Primary Care Integration into Behavioral Health Settings: Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

    May 11, 2015

    The Reforming States Group recently hosted a webinar on “Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings: What Works for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.” The webinar was moderated by Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD, Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University, based on a Milbank Memorial Fund report of the same … Read more