News and Updates

  • Hospital Consolidation Presents Policy Challenges and Opportunities for States

    Nov 29, 2017

    Recent changes in the hospital industry, such as the increase in hospital consolidation, pose new challenges for states as they review proposed hospital mergers and acquisitions—especially since these activities often cross state lines. Measuring the benefits and costs of hospital consolidation is not a simple issue. Bigger hospital systems might use their market power to increase their revenue … Read more

  • With Focus on Evaluation, Multi-State Collaborative Hosts Annual In-Person Meeting

    Nov 29, 2017

    What is the impact of multi-payer primary care transformation programs like Medicare’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) on health care quality and value? That was one of the many questions addressed in late October when the Milbank Memorial Fund Multi-State Collaborative (MC) held its annual in-person meeting in Boston. Forty individuals from 16 regions or states involved in multi-payer … Read more

  • Multi-State Collaborative Hosts Meeting for Payers

    Oct 31, 2017

    It might have been difficult to imagine 10 years ago—commercial and public insurers meeting to compare notes on how to better align payments, measures, and reporting to transform primary care. Yet there they were, at the most recent meeting of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC) all-payer meeting, held on September 19 in Washington, DC. All of the payers in … Read more

  • Comparing and Monitoring State Health Care Spending Trends

    Oct 31, 2017

    We have heard a lot about health care costs lately—and state health leaders and the public have many questions about them. Does my state spend more on health care than others? How much does spending vary based on who is paying? How has that spending changed over time and why? Measurement activities continue at both the national and state level. Here are two recent updates: Comparing … Read more

  • New Reports Published on State Population Health Strategies that Make a Difference

    Oct 12, 2017

    What happens when you identify specific improvements in population health in several states—and then ask, “How did they do that?” You gain a better understanding of what it really takes to make progress in population health. That’s what we did in a series of reports by researchers David Jones and Christopher Louis from Boston University School of Public Health. They analyzed three … Read more

  • 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