News and Updates

  • Four States, Four Ways to Manage and Measure Health Care Costs

    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

  • New Milbank-Supported Report: Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful ACOs

    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

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Announces New Editor of The Milbank Quarterly

    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

  • Milbank Quarterly’s Impact Factor Score Goes Up

    Jul 26, 2018

    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

  • Second Class of State Officials Completes the Fund’s Leadership Program

    Jul 26, 2018

    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

  • New Case Studies: Three Projects Receive Inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize

    Jul 19, 2018

    In Chicago, they are preventing lead poisoning in young children. In Chatham County, Georgia, they are building a continuity of care system for jail inmates, and in Washington State, they are using multiple data sets to coordinate care for dual-eligibles. Meet the winners of the inaugural Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Prize, developed to recognize state … Read more

  • New Report: Bundling, Benchmarking, and Beyond: Paying for Value in Home- and Community-Based Services

    Jul 11, 2018

    State Medicaid agencies have been attempting—with increasing success—to encourage more long-term services and supports in home and community settings. But how do they know what they’re paying for and if the costs are appropriate for the quality their Medicaid beneficiaries are receiving? Bundled payments, a package of health care services paid for as a set, is an alternative home- and … Read more

  • Michelle Alletto to Join the Fund as Program Officer

    Jun 27, 2018

    Michelle Alletto will join the Milbank Memorial Fund as a program officer on August 1. In addition to providing support to the Fund’s Reforming States Group (RSG), Michelle will coordinate the work of the Fund’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and identify and implement projects that connect state health policy leaders with evidence and experience on particular issues of population … Read more

  • Helping States Support Family Caregiving

    Jun 27, 2018

    While families want to provide care for their loved ones, especially those who are elderly or disabled, they often need some kind of medical, social, and/or economic support. The need for assistance, however, can surpass resources—and most states are not yet prepared, either fiscally or programmatically, to provide policies that support families. The Milbank Memorial Fund has teamed up … Read more

  • Delaware Moves Forward on Comprehensive Health Care Cost Measures

    May 31, 2018

    Massachusetts isn’t the only state making progress when it comes to measuring health care costs. Delaware is also moving forward with its own approach. Delaware’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Kara Odom Walker was tasked with leading this effort. The Fund assisted the secretary’s work by sharing policy lessons learned from the Totals Cost of … Read more