News and Updates

  • Our 2016-2017 Interns

    Jun 20, 2017

    For the last eight months, the Milbank Memorial Fund has had two interns from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Both Catarina Abreu and Matthew Silverstein earned their MPH in Health Policy and Management in May. Matthew helped staff several Reforming States group projects during his time at the Fund and served as a research assistant on various issues. He was … Read more

  • CMS Announces New Regions to Join CPC+

    May 30, 2017

    On May 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Innovation Center (CMMI) announced the regions chosen for the second wave of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), the national model that was developed to strengthen primary care through payment reform and care delivery transformation. CMS will partner with seven insurers in four new regions: Louisiana, Nebraska, … Read more

  • Integrated Data Systems for Population Health: A Panel at the Health Datapalooza Conference

    May 30, 2017

    For the second year in a row, the Fund participated in the Health Datapalooza conference, hosted by AcademyHealth in late April. An event sponsor, the Fund organized a session on integrated data systems (IDS) as a tool to improve population health. “Improving population health means looking beyond the medical system to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental factors … Read more

  • Dan Fox Receives Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine

    May 30, 2017

    Dan Fox, president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund, received the Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine in early May. The award is given annually to a member of the association who has retired from regular institutional affiliation or practice, with a distinguished record of support for the history of medicine over many … Read more

  • New RSG Projects for 2017: What’s on the Minds of State Health Policymakers?

    Apr 27, 2017

    Every year, meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG) bring together a bipartisan, voluntary group of state health policy leaders from the executive and legislative branches to share information and discuss topics of importance to them. From the discussions, several topics are selected by meeting participants for further exploration. While changes to the Affordable Care Act and health reform … Read more

  • Q and A with Chuck Hunter, Former Representative from Montana

    Apr 27, 2017

    Chuck Hunter was a member of the Montana House of Representatives for eight years and its minority leader for the last four. Before running for the Montana legislature, Hunter spent over two decades working for Montana’s executive branch, running the child welfare system, refinancing health care, and administering part of the Medicaid program. He attended his first Reforming States Group (RSG) … Read more

  • Issue Brief Published on Lessons from State-Based Insurance Exchanges

    Apr 20, 2017

    Earlier this month, the Milbank Memorial Fund published a report on State Policy Capacity and Leadership for Health Reform, which looked at the leadership, governance, staff capacity, and resources required for state governments to plan for and implement new health policies. Now, in a new issue brief, one of the authors of that report, W. David Helms, looks at a specific opportunity to apply … Read more

  • Report Published on State Policy Capacity and Leadership

    Apr 10, 2017

    What does it take in terms of staff, leadership, and resources for state governments to plan for and implement new health policies? Regardless of the policy positions they take, executive and legislative branch state policymakers will need to make decisions that are right for their constituents and implement those decisions effectively and efficiently.  A new Milbank Memorial Fund report by … Read more

  • State-Federal Partnerships are Key to Advancing Broad Health Care Improvements

    Mar 30, 2017

    Today’s health policy debates have brought more focus to state health policy flexibility and accountability.  The Reforming States Group’s Letter to the New Administration offered principles and policy proposals that strengthen state roles and capacity to improve population health through Medicaid and other state health programs. “Building strong state-federal partnerships is necessary to … Read more

  • Rachel Block Joins Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer

    Mar 30, 2017

    Rachel Block has joined the Milbank Memorial Fund as a Program Officer.  An independent consultant who worked for the Fund and other organizations focusing on federal and state health policy issues, she has served in numerous executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently spearheading development of New York state’s health information technology strategy as deputy … Read more