News and Updates

  • Q and A with Laura Kelly, Kansas State Senator

    Jan 25, 2017

    Laura Kelly, elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, is currently the assistant minority leader of that legislative body.  For the last eight years, she has served as ranking minority member on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home Community Based Services and KanCare, the Kansas version of Medicaid.  This is also her 10th year as … Read more

  • Reforming States Group Publishes Letter to the New Administration

    Dec 22, 2016

    While Congress prepares to debate the future of the Affordable Care Act, we know that bipartisan action on health care reform is possible. A diverse group of state health leaders has endorsed a bipartisan agenda (link) to improve population health for the new administration. The authors are members of the Reforming States Group’s Steering Committee —one of the nation’s only bipartisan … Read more

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Kicks Off High-Priced Drug Committee

    Dec 22, 2016

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has assembled an ad hoc committee to address patient access to affordable drugs. The Milbank Memorial Fund is one of the sponsors of the committee’s work. The committee will issue a report to address issues such as trends in drug pricing, improved patient access to effective treatments, and innovations that address the needs of … Read more

  • Nick Macchione Named One of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year”

    Dec 22, 2016

    Nick Macchione, director of health and human services, San Diego County, California, was named one of Governing magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year.” Macchione is a long-time member of the Reforming States Group and its Steering Committee. Governing has been recognizing individual state and local government officials for their outstanding accomplishments since 1994.  Macchione was … Read more

  • Pre-Holiday Update from the Multi-State Collaborative

    Dec 22, 2016

    December has been a busy month for the Multi-State Collaborative—and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On December 20, CMS released the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) Third Annual Report with impact findings from the first three years of the initiative through the end of December 2015.  Key evaluation findings including the following: Combined results from … Read more

  • Remembering Robert A. (Rob) Fordham

    Nov 28, 2016

    By Mark Gibson*  It was with sorrow that the Milbank Memorial Fund received news of the passing of friend and former program officer Robert A. (Rob) Fordham. Rob died peacefully at home of natural causes on October 13, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He was 87 years old. Rob’s career spanned over five decades, during which he served in government under eight presidents from … Read more

  • Continuing Federal Support for State Health Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges

    Nov 28, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for input to support state health innovation reform—either by building on the existing State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative or other innovation models. They recently issued a request for information (RFI) regarding state-based payment and delivery system reform initiatives. The Milbank Memorial Fund responded to the … Read more

  • Multi-State Collaborative Meeting Held

    Nov 28, 2016

    Every year, the Milbank Memorial Fund holds an in-person meeting for participants in the Multi-State Collaborative (MC), a voluntary group of leaders who are representatives of state-based, multi-payer, primary care transformation initiatives.  This year, the meeting was held in Detroit in early November. Fifty individuals representing 16 statewide and regional projects attended. The … Read more

  • Fall RSG Meetings Are Underway

    Nov 28, 2016

    With the election of a new administration and potential for significant changes in federal health policy in general and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in particular, the annual fall meetings of the Fund’s Reforming States Group (RSG) promise to be particularly engaging. The RSG brings together health policy leaders from state executive and legislative branches, as well as from overseas and … Read more

  • The Future of Hospitals in New England

    Nov 28, 2016

    In mid-October, the Fund co-sponsored, with the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), a daylong meeting of New England legislative and executive branch officials on the future of hospitals. Hospitals are large and important institutions in their communities. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), state budget pressures, and other policy reforms have heightened the focus on their … Read more