News and Updates

  • RSG Offers Support, Ideas to Governors on Bipartisan Health Reform

    Sep 26, 2017

    The federal government is committed to supporting state health policy innovation, but where is the common ground in an otherwise fractured political environment?  Earlier this summer, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a summary of bipartisan ideas from 13 states about how to continue to improve the US health care system and strengthen the state-federal partnership in health … Read more

  • Q and A with Thomas J. Betlach, Medicaid Director, Arizona

    Sep 26, 2017

    Thomas J. Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s Medicaid system, is widely recognized as a national leader in Medicaid policy, program development, and management. Under his leadership, AHCCCS has been cited for its work on Medicaid Managed care oversight and behavioral health integration. Betlach was elected by his peers to be president … Read more

  • RSG Celebrates 25 Years of Identifying, Informing, and Inspiring State Health Policy Leaders

    Sep 26, 2017

    “Twenty-five years ago, when this foundation saw that the federal government was incapable of addressing the health care concerns of its citizenry, we had the vision to connect the states to each other and we with them. That vision is as valid today as it was then.” These were the opening remarks of Samuel L. Milbank, chair of the Board of the Milbank Memorial Fund, given at the Reforming … Read more

  • Milbank Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Howard Markel Authors Book on the Kelloggs

    Aug 29, 2017

    Howard Markel, the editor-in-chief of The Milbank Quarterly, is the author of a new book, The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek, which was published earlier this month by Pantheon. A best-selling medical historian, author, and physician, Markel is also the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at … Read more

  • What Massachusetts Learned from Colorado about Marijuana

    Aug 29, 2017

    In late July, Massachusetts signed a revised marijuana bill into law. The legislation was a long time coming, and ended two-and-a-half years of work by legislators. That work included a trip, in early 2016, by eight Massachusetts state senators who flew to Colorado to learn about the state’s experience as the first to legalize recreational marijuana. The trip was organized and funded by the … Read more

  • Fund Publishes RSG Report on Telehealth Private Payer Laws

    Aug 23, 2017

    Many state health policy leaders are interested in telehealth—the use of technology to deliver health care to patients in a setting different from that of the provider—as a way of expanding patient access to care, especially in rural areas. State health policy leaders have been looking at ways to expand and clarify telehealth reimbursement policies, especially as they relate to private … Read more

  • First Group Completes Milbank Memorial Fund Leadership Program

    Jul 31, 2017

    The first group of state officials to participate in the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) completed the interactive course in late June at an in-person meeting held in Sacramento, California. The program, developed in 2015 by the Fund and its Reforming States Group (RSG), is designed to bring together individuals from the executive and legislative branches of state … Read more

  • Regional Partners in Innovation: My Site Visit to the South Central United States

    Jul 31, 2017

    BY LISA DULSKY WATKINS It’s rare to have the opportunity to observe collaboration in action firsthand. But that’s what happened when I recently traveled to Arkansas and Oklahoma to see how public and private insurers in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) markets do their regional work. As I set off walking from downtown Little Rock to my first meeting, I wondered if it was just me (an … Read more

  • Fund Publishes Report on Standardizing the Measurement of Commercial Health Plan Primary Care Spending

    Jul 25, 2017

    Primary care is often acknowledged as the foundation of any high-performing health care delivery system. But how much of our health dollars go to supporting it? To address this question, the authors of this report—Michael Bailit, Mark Friedberg, and Margaret Houy—present a methodology to define and estimate spending on primary care, relative to other medical expenses. The study design … Read more

  • The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Publishes New Evidence Report

    Jul 10, 2017

    The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) has released a new evidence report, “The Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality, and Utilization,” that assesses recent research on the effects of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other forms of advanced primary care on population costs and quality of care. The report, published with support from the … Read more