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.
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
May 23, 2018
Providers, payers, and state policymakers are moving to implement behavioral health integration (BHI) models as evidence of their effectiveness builds. But many states face an obstacle—the lack of a health care workforce that has the legal authority, training, and skills necessary to practice in these new models. How can states accelerate the development of a BHI workforce? The Milbank … Read more
Apr 30, 2018
The Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth have announced that Chicago’s Childhood Lead Paint Data-Sharing Project has won the inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize, recognizing state and local efforts to use data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. The winner was announced on the mainstage of 2018 Health Datapalooza on April 26. The … Read more
State policymakers want to know how to control health care costs. In fact, global budgeting, the idea of putting a limit on spending, is attracting attention. The New York Times recently published an article on Maryland’s work on cost containment, Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget? To find out more about Massachusetts’ efforts, we asked David Seltz, executive … Read more
This month, the Milbank Memorial Fund joined a collaborative of five foundations working together to improve the health outcomes and daily lives of individuals with complex care needs. This group of prominent philanthropic organizations, which includes The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN … Read more
Apr 26, 2018
Last year’s “repeal and replace” fight in Congress underscored how deep—and deeply confusing—disagreements over health care policy can be. And if two truisms of social reform policies—that all progress is incremental and durable policies are bipartisan—still hold, then what does that portend for health care policy in the US? David Jones, assistant professor at Boston … Read more
Mar 29, 2018
Low-income adults who need and use long-term services and supports (LTSS) are among the most complex, expensive, and fast-growing populations covered by Medicaid. State officials face challenges in organizing and paying for these services. In light of the new federal policy environment and interest in improving LTSS, the Fund, in partnership with the SCAN Foundation and the Center for Health Care … Read more
The Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative has been bringing together a diverse group of payers for the last three years. They may be in competition with one another, but they are eager for the opportunity to learn from experts and each other. The largest group of this kind to be hosted by the Fund—40 people, representing 23 public, private, regional, and national insurance … Read more
The Fund is hiring a new program officer. The officer, a critical part of the Fund’s team, helps organize and facilitate the Reforming States Group and is a key liaison with the Fund’s network of state health policy leaders. S/he will also lead particular projects chosen by the Fund that explore policy issues and collaborate with other partners as needed. This is an excellent opportunity … Read more
Feb 28, 2018
How much of our health care dollars actually go toward supporting primary care, which is consistently acknowledged to be key to improving population health? Some states are working toward an answer. “At the Fund, we are working to increase policy focus on primary care spending,” said Rachel Block, Fund program officer. “It’s a good measure of how oriented a health system is to … Read more
Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy
September 17, 2018
Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful ACOs
August 13, 2018
Three Projects Receive Inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize
July 19, 2018