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.
We focus on a number of topic areas identified by state health policy leaders as important to population health.
The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design.
Keep up with news and updates from the Milbank Memorial Fund. Get the latest from thought leaders, including Christopher F. Koller, president of the Fund.
We publish The Milbank Quarterly, as well as reports, issues briefs, and case studies on topics important to population health.
Oct 31, 2018
States share a common set of problems and issues emerging from rapid changes in health care markets and regulatory environments. For states that share borders, economies, and health care markets, why not collaborate, instead of working on these issues separately? That was one of the takeaways from a 2017 meeting sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund and the New England States Consortium … Read more
Representatives from state agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont met earlier this month to hear and discuss reports from multi-state workgroups related to Certificate of Need reform and hospital regulatory issues, improving the value of community benefits reports, data-sharing opportunites, and primary care investments. The meeting was … Read more
Sep 27, 2018
The Fund kicked off the newest session of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) earlier this month at an in-person meeting in San Francisco. The third group of state health policy officials to participate in the program included 18 leaders from 15 states, including both legislators and those from the executive branch. Created in 2015, the ELP has evolved into a practical, skills-based program … Read more
Sep 26, 2018
How are states responding to the growing trend of hospital system mergers? As health care consolidation increases, policymakers have to reconcile growing evidence that most consolidations raise prices with the political pressure regulators face to approve these mergers. Several states have responded by issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs), a legal mechanism through which they can … Read more
Sep 17, 2018
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program was designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy change, while addressing the multiple determinants of population health. One of its goals was to produce a cadre of scientific leaders who could contribute to this research and spearhead action to improve overall population health and … Read more
Aug 28, 2018
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” – Peter Drucker. States face growing challenges to manage and measure health care costs. By looking at the cost performance across all payers of the system as a whole, or a particular set of services such as hospital care, these states can advance more comprehensive strategies for delivery system reform. This month, we took a look at four … Read more
Aug 13, 2018
Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) were often considered to be competing models for reforming health care delivery. Not now. It’s increasingly apparent that one helps the other. That’s the main finding from the new Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) 2018 evidence report, “Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful … Read more
Jul 26, 2018
The Milbank Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Alan B. Cohen, ScD, will serve as the editor of The Milbank Quarterly, effective August 1, 2018. Cohen is a research professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department of the Questrom School of Business and professor of health law, policy, and management in the Boston University School of Public Health. Cohen was the national … Read more
The Milbank Quarterly’s 2017 Journal Impact Factor score jumped to 6.0 in Clarivate Analytics’ recently released Journal Citation Reports, up from 4.897 in 2016. The score is based on articles published from 2015 to 2016 and cited in 2017. The Journal Impact Factor is the gold standard for measuring the impact of scholarly work. The Quarterly is 2nd out of 74 journals in the Health … Read more
The second group of state health policy officials completed the Fund’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in late June. Fifteen executive and legislative officials from around the country gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, for the program’s final in-person session. Since its creation in 2015, ELP has become known as a way for up-and-coming individuals from the executive and legislative … Read more
To Oversee or Not to Oversee? Lessons from the Repeal of North Carolina’s Certificate of Public Advantage Law
January 17, 2019
Hospital Mergers and Public Accountability: Tennessee and Virginia Employ a Certificate of Public Advantage
September 26, 2018
Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy
September 17, 2018