News and Updates

  • 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

  • Optimism and Commitment Continue for Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

    Mar 12, 2015

    In early March, the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative was the focus of several meetings held in Baltimore, Maryland. On March 3, CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) held its annual Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative conference. About 250 people attended the daylong event, including participating primary care practices, commercial and public … Read more

  • Co-Sponsoring Medical Education Conference

    Jan 28, 2015

    Social mission innovation and reform in medical education. That’s the focus of an upcoming conference, Beyond Flexner 2015: The Social Mission of Medical Education, which the Milbank Memorial Fund is co-sponsoring. Organized by the George Washington University and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the conference will be held on April 13 to 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The … Read more

  • Celebrating Yale School of Public Health’s Centennial

    Jan 28, 2015

    In recognition of the Yale School of Public Health and the Milbank Memorial Fund’s long tradition of forward-looking public health initiatives, the School will host six lectures during 2015, its centennial year. The first Milbank Lecture Series on Public Health in the 21st Century, held on February 3, featured Mitchael H. Gail, MD, PhD, senior investigator, biostatistics branch, National … Read more

  • New CMS Center for Innovation Reports Show Accomplishments of Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation

    Jan 28, 2015

    In January, CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) released two new reports, one evaluating the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) demonstration and the other the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. The reports were the first released by CMS on progress made in the first year of these primary care projects. While both evaluation reports … Read more

  • Connecting Social Services with Health Outcomes

    Jan 5, 2015

    Is there a correlation between how much a state spends on social services and its population health outcomes? Are there ways for states to integrate social and health spending in order to improve population health outcomes? That was the focus of a talk given by Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, Professor of Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of the Yale Global … Read more