News and Updates

  • CMS Expands Commitment to Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation with Primary Care First Announcement

    Apr 30, 2019

    On April 22, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced a new set of payment models for primary care—”Primary Care First.” The models expand CMS’s commitment to multi-payer primary care transformation—extending its Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program to more markets and more primary care providers with a third payment track. Primary Care … Read more

  • How Much Does Medicare Spend on Primary Care? The Fund Supports New Research

    Apr 30, 2019

    How much does Medicare spend on primary care? As more evidence mounts about the benefits of primary care, a growing number of health policy leaders want to know if this investment is being made. New research conducted by the RAND Corporation and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund, analyzes for the first time national and state estimates of primary care … Read more

  • San Diego County Receives State and Local Innovation Prize

    Apr 30, 2019

    Leveraging shared data to address the opioid crisis in nine states. Addressing chronic disease management in a large safety net system in New York City. Coordinating public and private resources to manage community health improvement goals in San Diego. What do these three population health challenges have in common? Each one is using a data analytics roadmap (DAR) to turn analysis into … Read more

  • New Case Study: How Community Health Centers Are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

    Apr 17, 2019

    Last month, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the United Hospital Fund released The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families. The report made clear that the magnitude of the opioid epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized. In a companion case study to the report, Robert M. Hayes and Joseph Squitieri, DO, of Community Healthcare Network, a federally qualified health center in New York City, explore how community health centers are addressing the opioid epidemic. Read more

  • New Issue Brief: Investing in Medicaid Management: What Governors Need to Do

    Apr 15, 2019

    Complex policy and political choices for Medicaid may get a lot of press, but the management challenges for the largest program in a state’s budget are not as well recognized. The Milbank Memorial Fund turned to a former governor and former director of a state health and human services agency—and asked them to draw on their own experience to help the nation’s governors understand why … Read more

  • Oregon Builds Consensus to Expand Cost Control Efforts

    Mar 26, 2019

    Oregon has been a leader in targeting the growth in overall health care costs. In 2012, the state adopted a unique approach to growth limits for the Oregon Health Plan, first for its Medicaid beneficiaries and then for public employees. State officials had discussed extending the model to other populations and types of coverage, but a plan to do so had not emerged…until now. In the fall of … Read more

  • New Milbank-Supported Report: Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports: 2019 Update

    Mar 20, 2019

    As the population ages, one of the greatest challenges facing state officials is how to organize and pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS) for low-income elderly and disabled adults—the most complex, expensive, and fastest-growing group covered by Medicaid. To help address this challenge, a toolkit for state leaders published in 2017 has been updated. Written by Manatt Health … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Supports New Report on the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children

    Mar 7, 2019

    Opioid addiction is well recognized as a national crisis, but its impact on children and adolescents whose parents are addicted has received little attention. A new report published by the United Hospital Fund (UHF), with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, makes clear that the magnitude of the epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized. Even if the … Read more

  • What’s on the Minds of State Health Policymakers? New Reforming States Group Projects for 2019

    Feb 28, 2019

    This past fall, at meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG), 101 state health policy leaders from 38 states gathered in Portland (Oregon), Charleston, and Louisville to share strategies for improving population health. Legislators and executive branch leaders, usually attending as a state delegation, updated one another on recent health policy accomplishments and challenges in their home … Read more

  • Compact to Slow Health Care Spending Growth Signed in Rhode Island

    Feb 28, 2019

    Rhode Island has a history of taking the lead when it comes to health care spending. Beginning in 2010, the state instituted health care “affordability” standards for health insurers. These standards created strong incentives for reduced rates of growth in health care spending for commercial insurance—first by directing increased investment in the state’s primary care health system and … Read more