News and Updates

  • Policymakers from Louisiana Learn from Florida’s Medicaid Experience

    Jan 25, 2018

    State leaders from the Louisiana Department of Health traveled to Tallahassee to hear from officials about Florida’s statewide Medicaid managed care implementation. The December trip, which included Louisiana’s Medicaid director and 11 staff members, was organized and funded by the Milbank Memorial Fund, as part of its State Technical Assistance, in which policymakers from one state travel … Read more

  • The Milbank Quarterly‘s Top 5 Articles and Op-Eds of 2017

    Jan 23, 2018

    The Milbank Quarterly is pleased to report its most-read peer-reviewed articles and op-eds of 2017. See the list of the top 5 in both categories below. All are freely available. Read more

  • Policymakers from 40 States Attend Fall RSG Meetings

    Dec 20, 2017

    One hundred and twelve health policymakers from 40 states, two local jurisdictions, and three other countries gathered this fall in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and San Diego for the 2017 annual Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings. The meetings, a hallmark of the RSG, which is now in its 25th year, provide an opportunity for participants from the executive and legislative branches to come … Read more

  • Fund Responds to CMS Request for Information about New Directions for the Innovation Center

    Dec 20, 2017

    Many recent health care innovation delivery and payment models have been implemented under the direction of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) housed within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS recently issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the future direction of CMMI’s activities, including potential expansion of existing programs and … Read more

  • Q and A with Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina Senator

    Dec 20, 2017

    Thomas C. Alexander began his public service career in 1986, when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from District One, Oconee-Pickens County. In 1994, he became a state senator. A successful businessman, Alexander is the chairman of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and heads the Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. … Read more

  • New Milbank-Supported Report: Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

    Dec 7, 2017

    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. One of the greatest challenges state officials face is how to organize and pay for these services in ways that allow older adults and adults with disabilities to live full and satisfying lives. Developed to address this challenge, … Read more

  • How State Health Agencies Can Address the Opioid Epidemic

    Nov 29, 2017

    States play an important role in combating opioid misuse. In October, the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) project, a program run by the Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center), held a special meeting for state Medicaid policymakers, with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund, to share policies and practices to curb opioid abuse. The meeting agenda covered options within Medicaid, within … Read more

  • 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